They say “age is just a number,” and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez is hoping to use that number to set some golf records in 2014.
Jimenez, who just turned 50 on January 5, hopes to break the 87-year-old Ryder Cup record for oldest competitor. The mark is currently held by Ted Ray, who was two months and five days past his 50th birthday when he played for the European team in the 1927 Ryder Cup.
Jimenez, who last played in the Ryder Cup in 2010, spoke to reporters on Wednesday about the possibility of breaking Ray’s record:
If I play well, I believe I will be on the team. I’m going to keep working hard on my game because I would like to be there with the clubs in the hands. If you are not playing well, you don’t want to be on the team. It’s a lot of responsibility. It means a lot to me and many players and you need to know that you are in good shape (Reuters).
By winning the Hong Kong Open back in December, Jimenez became the oldest competitor to ever win a European Tour event. That’s a record he’ll be looking to break in 2014, too.