Saturday, August 2
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: The Mechanic
Miguel Angel Jimenez launches one at The Open Championship.
THEY CALL HIM THE MECHANIC. I’m referring, of course, to Miguel Angel Jimenez, and today on the CBS telecast Faldo and crew were wondering aloud about the nickname. Were they serious?
One of them said Jimenez got the nickname because he used to look like a mechanic when he played on tour, carrying a rag in his back pocket to clean his ball.
C’mon guys. It says on his European Tour bio that he got the nickname because he prefers driving (not repairing) his red Ferrari. The pony-tailed Spaniard also has a penchant for cigars, red wine and espresso.
If you think some of the old guys on the PGA Tour are having a good year, check out the 44-year-old Mechanic. Jimenez is leading the European Tour Order of Merit, has two wins, and finished in the top 10 at the Masters and U.S. Open. I think he’s a lock for the European Ryder Cup team.
The Mechanic is in a five-way tie for sixth at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, four shots off the pace set by Lee Westwood, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.
−The Armchair Golfer