GULLANE, 20 JULY: Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez leads the British Open by a stroke at the halfway stage, just seven months after breaking a leg in a skiing accident.
Many thought the leg break in December would spell the end of the colourful shot-maker’s career, but he was back in action in April and is now in pole position to win his first major at the age of 49.
That would make him the oldest winner of a major in golf history, surpassing Julius Boros, who won the PGA Championship in 1968 at the age of 48. Jimenez leads by one from a star-studded international chasing pack consisting of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. "Been playing very well. Feeling solid and consistent on the golf course," said Jimenez, who stands at three-under, 139 for the two rounds.
"The golf course is very hard. Some of the positions, the pin positions, they are very tough. And then of course even when you play well, you’re going to miss some greens, you’re going to miss some fairways.
"But the game at the moment is consistent in all parts. I made some recoveries. Only two birdies, made two bogeys "As I said before, sometimes it’s not about making too many birdies, it’s about not to make bogeys. To play the golf course in this condition, that’s one of the keys." The target was set early in the afternoon when Woods joined Westwood and Stenson in a three-way tie for the clubhouse lead at two-under 140, defying the late starters to better them. With the wind coming in off the Firth of Forth stiffening, and the bleached fairways and greens speeding up to scary levels, one by one, they fell by the wayside.
Overnight leader Zach Johnson had just the one bogey in his round of 66 on Thursday, but he had leaked four by the time he reached the eighth hole second time out.