Miguel Angel Jimenez Fans Are Large, Crazy Bunch

For obvious reasons, Adam Scott and Jason Day are big fan favorites this week at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia. They’re the two highest-ranked Aussies in the world (second and 18th, respectively).

The next most popular golfer, however, isn’t American Matt Kuchar, who at No. 7 is next in the world rankings behind Scott. Nor is it Graeme McDowell, the Northern Irishman at No. 12.

In fact there are a handful of players ranked higher than the most popular non-Aussie roaming the grounds at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. But none of them can match the personality of Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, a fan favorite in any country.

Related Links: Jimenez Workout Video | Jimenez Ace Nets Wine

“I just give to the people something back, no? Do sign, do photos, we’re happy, we’re smiling – that’s part of the deal,” Jimenez told Australia’s Herald Sun.

Jimenez is ranked No. 47 in the world, which is two notches below his age. He turns 50 on Jan. 5 and will likely celebrate the way he does every other day: with some wine and a cigar. And it could be a cigar he received from another famous athlete who recently turned 50: Michael Jordan.

“He’s a good guy. Every time we see each other we exchange cigars … always Cuban,” Jimenez said.

Rafael Cabrera Bello is Jimenez’s Spanish partner this week, but any “España” chants from the crowd will likely be directed at Jimenez. Take a look at some of the crazies Jimenez counts among his followers:

Miguel Angel Jimenez fans ponytails 600 px

Miguel Angel Jimenez fans

Miguel Angel Jimenez fans Tshirts 600 px

Miguel Angel Jimenez fans Spain flag 600px

Related Links: Jimenez Workout Video | Jimenez Ace Nets Wine

Other Hot Links:
TV Preview: Back9Network Original Programming
Back9’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide
Golf Pro Confesses to Tim Tebow-Jaguars Campaign