11 times Miguel was our hero

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1. When he took on Keegan Bradley… and won!

What’s not to like about Jimenez taking on an American almost half his age? That’s what happened at last year’s WGC-Cadillac Match Play, when tempers flared between the pair on the 18th hole of their dead rubber match over a ruling Jimenez wanted to clear up.

The Spaniard went on to win 2UP with Bradley left fuming. “It was disappointing. I'm pretty bummed out about it. It was just – I had a ruling and he felt like he needed to intervene and I felt like he was being inappropriate to me and my caddie.”

2. His sword celebration

When Jimenez makes a hole-in-one or sinks an approach shot, we all know what’s coming now. And his sword celebration and dance has become so popular that even his fellow players have started copying him, with Andrew Johnston copying playing partner Miguel after his eagle on the 18th at last year’s Scottish Open.

Singles Matches - 2014 Ryder Cup

3. As chief cheerleader at the 2014 Ryder Cup

Jimenez had an important role at the Gleneagles as one of Paul McGinley’s vice-captain in the thrashing of USA – but that didn’t stop him being the go-to guy to gee up the crowd before and throughout the day’s play. And, when the win was sealed, he went a wee bit wild!

BMW PGA Championship - Day Three

4. Record breaker

Most of us couldn’t imagine getting a single hole-in-one – let alone ten! At the 2015 BMW PGA Championship, Jimenez broke the record he held with Colin Montgomerie to achieve ten hole-in-ones in European Tour events and what was his third of the 2015 season. As for the prize? Lets just say the European Tour know the Spaniard well!

5. When he GoPro’d his warm-up routine

Jimenez’s unique warm-up approach often has fellow players watching on and fans left captivated, so when the European Tour gave him a GoPro to try on while preparing for his day’s golf, this was what happened…

Open de Espana - Day Four

6. Oldest European Tour winner

A feat Jimenez achieved as a 50-year-old at his home Spanish Open, his 21st win on the European Tour. He celebrated in his usual fashion and when asked about the secret of his longevity, he replied: “There is no secret. Good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise.” Legend!

7. When he did the Ice Bucket Challenge

After being nominated by Henrik Stenson and Bernd Wiesberger, Jimenez took part in the charity challenge with not just any old bucket, but a plastic bin which took six of his friends to lift. Not only that, he had a cigar in his mouth at the time, too. Check it out.

Singles Matches-2010 Ryder Cup

8. Key role at 2010 Ryder Cup

Jimenez claimed two points from a possible three at the 2010 Ryder Cup as Europe snuck to a 14.5-13.5 over USA – including a win over Bubba Watson in the singles, while he also partnered Peter Hanson to victory over Watson and Jeff Overton. Cue mass celebrations with fellow countrymen and vice-captains Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal.

Hong Kong Open - Day Four

9. When he battled back after broken leg

A few weeks after returning from a broken leg, sustained in a skiing accident in Sierra Nevada, Jimenez held the 36-hole lead at the 2013 Open Championship – but sadly fell away on Saturday. He did, however, go on to win in that year at the Hong Kong Open.

10. When he played that shot on the Road Hole

Such improvisation was used by the Spaniard here as, jammed up against the wall on the Road Hole during the 2010 Open Championship, he produced this wonderful shot which left onlooking fans in disbelief.

Seve Trophy - Day Four

11. That Seve Trophy pic

With scores locked at 13-13 and two singles matches remaining, Jimenez thrashed David Lynn 6&4, while Francesco Molinari beat Chris Wood to make sure of the match. As you can see, the Spaniard enjoyed the post-tournament celebrations!

Miguel Angel Jimenez :: Our hero

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