Friday, July 27, 2018

Senior Men's Open Championship

Miguel Jimenez inspired by Seve's
 
success at St Andrews
 

Jiménez SO2
This image of Miguel Angel Jiménez, on right, is displayed by courtesy of Getty Images 

Miguel Angel Jiménez holds the clubhouse lead as the second round of The 
Senior Open Presented by Rolex was suspended due after darkness fell on 
the Old Course at St Andrews.
The Spaniard, who started his round with bogeys on the first and fourth 
holes, made the turn level par for the day and then produced a scintillating 
performance on the back nine, coming home five under par for a nine 
under par total.
The 54 year old hopes to follow in the footsteps of the late, great Seve 
Ballesteros, who famously won his second Open Championship on the Old 
Course in 1984.
Jiménez birdied the tenth hole, eagled the 14th hole and birdied both the 
15th and 16th holes to share the lead with Stephen Ames, who will only 
need to play the 18th hole when he resumes his round at 07:00 local time 
on Saturday morning. The second round was delayed by two hours and 20 
minutes due to fog on the Fife coast.
“I played very solid today - super golf,” said Jiménez. “It was very difficult 
with very strong winds on the first nine holes, and then on the back nine I 
played solid.
"It would mean a lot to win The Senior Open, especially here at St 
Andrews, but some of the top players in the world are here. Seve 
was the first Spaniard to win The Open on this golf course, and it 
would be amazing if I could join the club with him.”
In a share of third place are defending champion Bernhard Langer and 
American pair Jeff Sluman and Kirk Triplett.
Langer, who started the day five under par, carded a blemish-free round of 
69 as he continued his strong defence of The Senior Open Trophy.
“I had plenty of opportunities,” said Langer. “I hit most of the greens in 
regulation and towards the end of the round we got a nice break. The last 
three or four holes the wind kind of dropped and it was a lot easier than it 
would have been earlier in the day.”
Tom Watson continued to defy as he shot his age, a marvellous 68, on the 
Old Course.
"I have been playing well and I attribute it to practicing quite hard before I 
came here," said Watson. "I shot 68 on the Old Course under pretty good 
conditions and I'm very pleased. Anytime I can shoot my age I'm very 
pleased."
The three-time Senior Open champion shares sixth place with Sweden’s 
Jarmo Sandelin and Fiji’s Vijay Singh on seven under par.

Six groups, including Ames on nine under par, will complete their final 
rounds on Saturday morning starting at 07:00. The third round of The 
Senior Open Presented by Rolex will begin no earlier than 09:00.
 
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