Jimenez plays like an angel after eagle start

Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:05am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) - The evergreen Miguel Angel Jimenez, boosted by an unlikely eagle two at his first hole, snatched the first-round lead in the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open with a blistering nine-under-par 63 on Thursday.

The veteran Spaniard came within a stroke of tying the course record at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal as he moved one ahead of Britain's Ian Poulter.

A further shot adrift on 65 were Australian Wade Ormsby, Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Briton Tyrrell Hatton.

Jimenez made a spectacular start at the penultimate event of the European Tour season when his lob wedge at the par-four 10th, his opening hole, dived straight into the cup.

"That doesn't happen every day," the 50-year-old from Malaga told reporters. "What better way to start?

"Nine-under par is very nice. It's special because I've been struggling a little bit the last few months."

Jimenez did not drop a shot all day in perfect scoring conditions in Antalya and picked up seven birdies in his round.

"It feels very Mediterranean here, very similar to Malaga," he said after taking only 23 putts. "Same kind of trees, same kind of soil."   Continued...

Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song