AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He is the most interesting man in the golf world, and he certainly was at Augusta National Saturrday.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, the pony-tailed 50-year-old from Malaga, Spain, shot 6-under-par 66. It's not only the best score so far in this Masters, but he tied the best score for anyone 50-plus in the history of the tournament.
"I love the place. It's a beautiful place. Doesn't matter how you play, you feel good," he said after having finished the third round tied for fifth place.
Jimenez has a way of feeling good no matter where he is. His nickname is "The Mechanic" because he used to work on his own cars (in his pre-Ferrari days), but he also is called "The Most Interesting Man in the World" because of his resemblance -- in appearance and attitude -- to the actor in a beer commercial with that tag line.
A victory here would be an amazing warmup to his Champions Tour debut next week. He said yesterday he will honor his commitment, although he won't concentrate on senior golf until after this year's Ryder Cup.
Galleries love to watch his pronounced, quirky stretching routine on the range. He often does it with a cigar in his mouth. "That is a little funny, what you see there. But it helps to move the joints, you know," he said. "It's nice, it's bueno."
"Probably the main thing is that I'm doing what I like to do in my life and I'm enjoying it, completely," said the man who plans to savor every bit of today, including the glass of wine he probably will drink before the round. No one has to tell him, "stay thirsty my friend."
Scott falls back
Defending champion Adam Scott shot 40 on the front nine, finished with a 4-over-par 76 and is 1 over for the tournament. He headed for the range afterward . . . Rory McIlroy was the first out and shot 71 in a round played in a brisk three hours, five minutes. He played with a noncompeting marker, club member Jeff Knox, whom McIlroy said beat him by one stroke . . . U.S. Open champion Justin Rose made two eagles, on the par-4 third and par-5 13th. He is back in contention at 1 under.