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2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ: Round 2 Highlights

2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ: Round 2 Highlights

2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ: Watch the best shots and highlights from Round 2, where a crowded leaderboard battled thru windy conditions in pursuit of the oldest major title on the senior tour.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez, always comfortable in own skin, prepares for Senior PGA Championship

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. — Miguel Angel Jimenez, 53, is playing in his first KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship this week at Trump National.

Jimenez’s time on the PGA Tour Champions has ramped up the last two years and he still makes starts in European and PGA Tour events.

After having a look at the Trump National course, Jimenez likes what he sees.

RELATED: Jimenez and the ‘interesting man’ connection | Senior PGA Champ tee times

“It’s a very nice golf course,” he said. “The rough is tough, you need to hit it pretty good from the tee and even the fairways are generous fairways but still you need to hit it good from the tees. It’s a long golf course from the back, it has all kinds of distance. And the greens are nice. There’s a lot of movement on those greens. You need to be on the low part of the green because you know you can have a very difficult putt, fast putts. I think it’s going to defend itself very well. It’s a great golf course.”

His own game aside, Jimenez was delighted when countryman Sergio Garcia captured the Masters in April — his first major championship.

“It’s amazing,” Jimenez said. “He deserves it. He played so many majors and has been in contention in a lot of them and he deserves this. It’s coming late, probably, but you see Mickelson also won his first major at 37. Now he has five. Now Sergio just opened the box and we hope that it’s not the last one. He’s got the game, he’s got the power and the skill to win more majors.”

 

 


Jimenez is a four-time PGA Tour Champions winner. He most recently won at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in April.

He’s one of the most recognizable people in golf with his red ponytail, aviator shades and a cigar as another common accessory.

Because of his looks — and a unique stretching routine, which we’ll touch on later — Jimenez has been given the moniker of “The Most Interesting Man in Golf” over the years, since he seems so similar to the popular character in those beer commercials for Dos Equis.

Whether people find Jimenez “interesting” or not is no matter to the Spaniard. According to him, he’s just living his life the way he wants to live it.

“What I do in my life is I never hide what I’m doing,” he said. “I love the game of golf, I love to compete because I keep competing here and it’s a thrill. I like to enjoy my life and I don’t hide it. I like to have my glass of red I have my glass of red if it’s Tempranillo (a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain) from Rioja, it’s even better. I smoke, I smoke my cigars. I don’t hide myself what I’m doing, what I like to do in my life. That’s me. I don’t know if I’m interesting or not. I have freedom to do what I want to. It’s not forbidden.”

It’s not forbidden. It’s actually endearing, much like that warm-up routine.

You know… this one:

 

 

Again, it’s just Jimenez being Jimenez.

“Well, it’s always nice to get flexible,” he said. “What you see on the range is now it’s a like a slow, like a refresh what you’re doing. But every morning when I wake up first thing is go to the gym and do the proper exercises. Go through like a 15 or 20 minutes through the elliptical or running there and exercise with elastic bands and things to get yourself going on. What you see on the driving range is after that moment to the driving range it’s, you have a shower, you have your breakfast, you travel to golf course, whatever, it’s time to do it again. It needs to be refreshed. But the people like it, the people enjoy it. I don’t mind. We are showmen. We have to put some smiles to the people and the same time you refresh yourself, you make like with one shot you kill two birds.”

Interesting. 

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78th Senior PGA Championship poised for challenge at Trump National

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. – Twenty-one major champions and representatives from 16 countries will open play Thursday in the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club-D.C., the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf.

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The 7,130-yard, par-72 Championship Course at Trump National, nestled some 25 miles northwest of downtown Washington, D.C., is a layout designed by Tom Fazio in 1991. In the summer of 2014, Donald J. Trump selected Tom Fazio II to lead a comprehensive renovation.

“The golf course is a perfect major championship course,” said defending champion Rocco Mediate. “They could have the young kids of the PGA (Tour) here in a second if they wanted to, because they got the length. But it’s great. It’s right in front of you, no craziness, just good.”

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is the first major to be conducted on a Trump Organization property and the first played in the Middle Atlantic PGA Section, which has five PGA Club Professionals in the field.
The 156-member field, with the 21 major champions combining for 38 major championships, will compete for a total purse of $3 million.

JUMPIN’ JACK?
Germany’s Bernhard Langer claimed his eighth career PGA Tour Champions’ major championship by winning last week at the Regions Tradition to match Jack Nicklaus’ mark for most career major victories in senior golf. Langer’s initial attempt to eclipse Nicklaus will occur this week on the Championship Course at Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C.

SEEKING THE SENIOR SLAM
Germany’s Bernhard Langer, winner of last week’s Regions Tradition (for a second straight year), now targets the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in an attempt to become golf’s first player to complete a “Senior Career Slam.” Langer has posted five career top-10s in the Senior PGA Championship, and his best finish was a solo second in his 2008 debut at Oak Hill. Last year, Langer finished in a tie for third place.

LANGER’S MISSING MAJOR
Since 2010, Langer has won four of the PGA Tour Champions’ five major championships, and eight overall in 36 career attempts. Jack Nicklaus, who competed only once in the 2003 Senior British Open (T-14) before retiring from senior major competition by 2004, joins Langer as the only other player to win four different senior majors. 

MARQUEE PAIRING
The marquee group of the first two rounds includes Defending Champion Rocco Mediate, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and two-time major champion John Daly. They will tee off Thursday at 1:30 p.m. off No. 11

MAJOR WINNERS ONLY APPLY
A trio of threesomes Thursday and Friday are filled exclusively with major champions. They are: Colin Montgomerie, David Toms and Tom Lehman, who begin play Thursday at 7:50 a.m. on the No. 1 Tee; Tom Kite, Mark Brooks and Sandy Lyle start at 12:55 p.m. on the No. 1 tee; and Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam and Larry Mize at 1:00 p.m. on the No. 11 tee.

NOTABLE FIRST TIMERS AT THE KITCHENAID SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
The following notables are slated to make their debuts in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship: Miguel Angel Jimenez (26 career wins worldwide), Jose Maria Olazabal (two-time Masters Champion, Ryder Cup Captain-Europe), Vijay Singh (two-time PGA Champion) and David Toms (2001 PGA Champion).

THE FIELD’S DNA
The field for the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship features 21 Major Champions (eight Masters Champions, seven U.S. Open Champions, six PGA Champions, six Open Champions), who have combined on 38 Majors; 10 Senior PGA Champions; nine members of the World Golf Hall of Fame; and eight Ryder Cup Captains (four from each side). Sixteen international countries are represented this week’s field at Trump National Golf Club.

36 CLUB PROS IN THE FIELD
Thirty-Six PGA Club Professionals are in the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship field, including 15 who are competing in the Championship for the first time (* – making Championship debut): Don Berry, Rogers, Minnesota; Bill Britton, Rumson, New Jersey; *Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, New York; Brian Cairns, Walled Lake, Michigan; Walt Chapman, Knoxville, Tennessee; Jeff Coston, Blaine, Washington; Jim Estes, Olney, Maryland; Gene Fieger, Naples, Florida; *Tim Fleming, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; George Forster, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; *Rick Gomes, Tequesta, Florida; *Daniel Heaslip, Naples, Florida; *Stuart Hendley, Midland, Texas; Lee Houtteman, Glen Arbor, Michigan; Stephen Keppler, Marietta, Georgia; Brad Lardon, Santa Fe, New Mexico; *John Lee, Naples, Florida; *Timothy Lewis, Norfolk, Virginia; Todd McCorkle, Birmingham, Alabama; *Brendan McGrath, Centreville, Virginia; *David McNabb, Newark, Delaware; *Mike Northern, Colorado Springs, Colorado; *Charles Raulerson Jr., Fleming Island, Florida; Jeff Roth, Farmington, New Mexico; Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah; *Rea Schuessler, Gulf Shores, Alabama; Rick Schuller, Chester, Virginia; Gary Sowinski, San Diego, California; Craig Stevens, Dallas, Georgia; Stephen Stull, Richland, Washington; Craig Thomas, White Plains, New York; Robert Thompson, Huntsville, Texas; *Ricky Touma, Olney, Maryland; Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Florida; *Gus Ulrich, Whispering Pines, North Carolina; and *Rodney Wilson, Sunnyvale, California. 

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KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Round 1 Highlights

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Round 1 Highlights

Watch KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Round 1 Highlights where Bernhard Langer is in search of his record 9th senior major win, but a crowded leaderboard of big names is in contention.

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KitchenAid maker doubles size of Greenville distribution center

The Greenville plant manufactures stand mixers, stand mixer attachments and accessories, hand mixers, blenders, aerated beverage machines and cutlery blocks under the KitchenAid brand.

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Marquee Round 1 Group at KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ

Marquee Round 1 Group at KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ

The 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship’s first round will be highlighted by a marquee must-see group of defending champion Rocco Mediate, renaissance man Miguel Angel Jimenez, and fan favorite John Daly.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez, always comfortable in own skin, prepares for KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. — Miguel Angel Jimenez, 53, is playing in his first KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship this week at Trump National.

Jimenez’s time on the PGA Tour Champions has ramped up the last two years and he still makes starts in European and PGA Tour events.

After having a look at the Trump National course, Jimenez likes what he sees.

RELATED: Jimenez and the ‘interesting man’ connection | Senior PGA Champ tee times

“It’s a very nice golf course,” he said. “The rough is tough, you need to hit it pretty good from the tee and even the fairways are generous fairways but still you need to hit it good from the tees. It’s a long golf course from the back, it has all kinds of distance. And the greens are nice. There’s a lot of movement on those greens. You need to be on the low part of the green because you know you can have a very difficult putt, fast putts. I think it’s going to defend itself very well. It’s a great golf course.”

His own game aside, Jimenez was delighted when countryman Sergio Garcia captured the Masters in April — his first major championship.

“It’s amazing,” Jimenez said. “He deserves it. He played so many majors and has been in contention in a lot of them and he deserves this. It’s coming late, probably, but you see Mickelson also won his first major at 37. Now he has five. Now Sergio just opened the box and we hope that it’s not the last one. He’s got the game, he’s got the power and the skill to win more majors.”

 

 


Jimenez is a four-time PGA Tour Champions winner. He most recently won at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in April.

He’s one of the most recognizable people in golf with his red ponytail, aviator shades and a cigar as another common accessory.

Because of his looks — and a unique stretching routine, which we’ll touch on later — Jimenez has been given the moniker of “The Most Interesting Man in Golf” over the years, since he seems so similar to the popular character in those beer commercials for Dos Equis.

Whether people find Jimenez “interesting” or not is no matter to the Spaniard. According to him, he’s just living his life the way he wants to live it.

“What I do in my life is I never hide what I’m doing,” he said. “I love the game of golf, I love to compete because I keep competing here and it’s a thrill. I like to enjoy my life and I don’t hide it. I like to have my glass of red I have my glass of red if it’s Tempranillo (a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain) from Rioja, it’s even better. I smoke, I smoke my cigars. I don’t hide myself what I’m doing, what I like to do in my life. That’s me. I don’t know if I’m interesting or not. I have freedom to do what I want to. It’s not forbidden.”

It’s not forbidden. It’s actually endearing, much like that warm-up routine.

You know… this one:

 

 

Again, it’s just Jimenez being Jimenez.

“Well, it’s always nice to get flexible,” he said. “What you see on the range is now it’s a like a slow, like a refresh what you’re doing. But every morning when I wake up first thing is go to the gym and do the proper exercises. Go through like a 15 or 20 minutes through the elliptical or running there and exercise with elastic bands and things to get yourself going on. What you see on the driving range is after that moment to the driving range it’s, you have a shower, you have your breakfast, you travel to golf course, whatever, it’s time to do it again. It needs to be refreshed. But the people like it, the people enjoy it. I don’t mind. We are showmen. We have to put some smiles to the people and the same time you refresh yourself, you make like with one shot you kill two birds.”

Interesting. 

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