Miguel Angel Jimenez sets new record with 707th European Tour start

Golf ball (Photo by Shaun Roy/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)

Golf ball (Picture by Shaun Roy/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Pictures)

Miguel Angel Jimenez made historic earlier with a 707th begin on the European Tour on Thursday and confirmed why he’s nonetheless competing on the extreme diploma with a 64 to take a seat second on the leaderboard after the primary spherical of the English Open.

The 56-year-old, who turned the oldest winner in European Tour historic earlier in 2014 on the Spanish Open, carded eight birdies on the Forest of Arden to share second place with compatriot Pablo Larrazabal, merely two photos off the lead held by one totally fully totally different Spaniard, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.

Jimenez, who made his first begin on the 1983 Spanish Open, was applauded on to the 18th inexperienced by pretty a few his fellow avid avid gamers whereas Jack Nicklaus, world predominant Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy had been amongst these to pay tribute within the midst of the tv security.

“It has been a wonderful wanting day,” mentioned Jimenez, who surpassed Sam Torrance’s earlier doc of 706.

“Eight beneath par with a surprising summer season season season day and considerably now on the 18th proper appropriate correct proper right here with all my colleagues clapping for me, it is emotional.”

Nonetheless, one ingredient was lacking for Jimenez as a result of European Tour continued its comeback behind closed doorways.

“It is good, 32 years transferring in all places on this planet nonetheless I really miss one drawback proper appropriate correct proper right here, it is the general public on account of will most likely be good if I might see all of you proper appropriate correct proper right here and all my mates all by the UK, steadily coming to see me play golf.”

In stark distinction to Jimenez, Garcia Rodriguez is having gratifying alongside collectively alongside together with his rookie season on the European Tour after gaining his card by the use of the Draw once more Tour and set a mannequin new course doc collectively alongside collectively alongside together with his opening 62.

The 31-year-old raced to the flip in 29 with 5 birdies and an eagle and though he bogeyed the 10th, he responded with birdies on the 13th and 14th and achieved eagle-birdie after a dropped shot on the 16th.

“It is my dream sometimes to be on the European Tour and it is my first low rating,” mentioned Garcia Rodriguez, who furthermore cherished the corporate of Jimenez earlier all by the week.

“For me he is among the finest, he is the boss,” he added. “I carried out with him two days thus far in a apply spherical and he is unimaginable. He is 56 years outdated and he is a terrific event for me.”

Larrazabal carded 9 birdies in his 64 and rescued a bogey on the 14th regardless of dropping a ball off the tee.

Welshman Oliver Farr is three photos off the tempo after a seven-under-par 65, with England’s Ashley Chesters and Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard a stroke additional as shortly as further.

Essential first spherical scores on the English Open in Birmingham on Thursday (GBR/IRL until acknowledged, par 72):

62 – Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez (ESP)

64 – Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP), Pablo Larrazabal (ESP)

65 – Oliver Farr

66 – Ashley Chesters, Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN), Justin Walters (RSA)

67 – Wil Besseling (NED), Alexander Levy (FRA), Thomas Detry (BEL), Mikko Korhonen (FIN), Joel Stalter (FRA), Robin Roussel (FRA), Laurie Canter, Matthew Southgate, Si-Hwan Kim (USA), Connor Syme

68 – Ewen Ferguson, Rhys Enoch, Rikard Karlberg (SWE), Alexander Bjork (SWE), Dave Coupland, Callum Shinkwin, Sam Horsfield, Antoine Rozner (FRA), Kalle Samooja (FIN), Joachim Hansen (DEN), Julien Guerrier (FRA)

71 – Michael Campbell (NZL) Lars Van Meijel (NED), Joost Luiten (NED), Maximilian Kieffer (GER), Thomas Bjorn (DEN), John Catlin (USA), Oliver Wilson, David Horsey, Jack Senior, Steven Brown, Aaron Rai, Robert Rock, Jonathan Caldwell, Scott Jamieson

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