Austrian Open R2

Jimenez takes 2-shot lead

July 09-12
Diamon CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
€500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4



Veteran Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez rolled back the years on Friday to claim a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Austrian Open, as the 56-year-old looks to shatter his own record as the European Tour’s oldest winner.



Jimenez grabbed the headlines at the first European Tour event, co-sanctioned with the second-tier Challenge Tour, following a four-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The world number 687, playing just his second European Tour competition of the year as he usually competes on the senior circuits, carded a seven-under-par second round of 65 to reach 11-under for the tournament.

He leads a group of five players — Dutchman Joost Luiten, Scots Marc Warren and Craig Howie, Italy’s Renato Paratore and German Nicolai von Dellingshausen — by two strokes.



“I’m playing very well,” Jimenez, who has spent the last four months in the Dominican Republic, told europeantour.com.

“It feels great. Four months without competing, it’s nice getting back into a tournament and feeling the tension again.

“I was excited to get back. I miss the competition. I can’t remember the last time I had four months holidays.”


He is already the oldest ever winner on the European Tour, setting the current record when he won the 2014 Spanish Open, his 21st Tour title, aged 50 years and 133 days.

That was the third time he had broken the record, having originally set a new mark aged 48 at the 2012 Hong Kong Open before successfully defending that title the following year.

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The oldest victor on either of the two major tours was American great Sam Snead, aged 52 when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open on the PGA Tour.

Jimenez looked to be feeling the pressure late on Friday as he bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes when poised to threaten the course record of 63, but he quickly bounced back with a closing birdie to ensure he remained in pole position heading into the weekend.

He first played on the European Tour in 1988.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-11
68
65
133
T2
Joost Luiten
NED
-9
65
70
135
T2
Marc Warren
SCO
-9
66
69
135
T2
Craig Howie
SCO
-9
66
69
135
T2
Renato Paratore
ITA
-9
68
67
135
T2
Nicolai von Dellingshausen
GER
-9
68
67
135
7
Darius van Driel
NED
-8
71
65
136
T8
Oscar Lengden
SWE
-7
69
68
137
T8
Connor Syme
SCO
-7
67
70
137
T8
Joel Stalter
FRA
-7
68
69
137
T8
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
-7
70
67
137
T8
Scott Vincent
ZWE
-7
71
66
137
T8
Wil Besseling
NED
-7
68
69
137
T14
Marcel Schneider
GER
-6
69
69
138
T14
Felix Mory
FRA
-6
70
68
138
T14
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-6
68
70
138
T14
Christopher Mivis
BEL
-6
68
70
138
T18
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-5
68
71
139
T18
Jordan Wrisdale
ENG
-5
70
69
139
T18
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-5
74
65
139
T18
Matt Ford
ENG
-5
71
68
139
T18
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-5
70
69
139
T18
Thomas Detry
BEL
-5
68
71
139
T18
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-5
71
68
139
T18
Allen John
GER
-5
69
70
139
T26
Alexander Knappe
GER
-4
71
69
140
T26
Philip Eriksson
SWE
-4
67
73
140
T26
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-4
70
70
140
T26
Craig Ross
SCO
-4
70
70
140
T26
John Catlin
USA
-4
71
69
140
T26
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-4
73
67
140
T26
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-4
67
73
140
T26
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-4
72
68
140
T26
Ondrej Lieser
CZE
-4
72
68
140
T26
Oliver Lindell
FIN
-4
69
71
140
T26
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-4
70
70
140
T26
Martin Leth Simonsen
DEN
-4
69
71
140
T38
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-3
70
71
141
T38
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-3
72
69
141
T38
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-3
70
71
141
T38
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-3
69
72
141
T38
Chase Hanna
USA
-3
72
69
141
T38
Per Laengfors
SWE
-3
72
69
141
T38
Aaron Zemmer
ITA
-3
73
68
141
T38
Lukas Nemecz
AUT
-3
70
71
141
T38
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-3
71
70
141
T38
Niklas Noergaard Moeller
DEN
-3
69
72
141
T38
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
-3
71
70
141
T38
Daan Huizing
NED
-3
70
71
141
T38
Marcel Siem
GER
-3
73
68
141
T51
Todd Clements
ENG
-2
75
67
142
T51
Lorenzo Scalise
ITA
-2
67
75
142
T51
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-2
70
72
142
T51
Robin Roussel
FRA
-2
70
72
142
T51
Robbie van West
NED
-2
71
71
142
T51
Pelle Edberg
SWE
-2
71
71
142
T51
Scott Henry
SCO
-2
69
73
142
T51
Jerome Lando-Casanova
FRA
-2
69
73
142
T51
Max Schmitt
GER
-2
72
70
142
T51
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
-2
73
69
142
T51
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-2
70
72
142
T62
Roope Kakko
FIN
-1
73
70
143
T62
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-1
69
74
143
T62
Markus Habeler
AUT
-1
73
70
143
T62
Moritz Lampert
GER
-1
71
72
143
T62
Francesco Laporta
ITA
-1
73
70
143
T62
David Borda
ESP
-1
74
69
143
T62
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-1
74
69
143
T62
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-1
71
72
143
T62
Jens Fahrbring
SWE
-1
72
71
143
T62
Hurly Long
GER
-1
73
70
143
T62
David Boote
WAL
-1
73
70
143
T62
Enrico Di Nitto
ITA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Borja Virto
ESP
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
Par
77
67
144
CUT
Clement Berardo
FRA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Damien Perrier
FRA
Par
76
68
144
CUT
Gary Stal
FRA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Robin Petersson
SWE
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Steven Tiley
ENG
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
1
75
70
145
CUT
Federico Maccario
ITA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Hinrich Arkenau
GER
1
74
71
145
CUT
Leo Astl
AUT
1
74
71
145
CUT
Markus Brier
AUT
1
75
70
145
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
1
74
71
145
CUT
Timon Baltl
AUT
1
68
77
145
CUT
Alvaro Arizabaleta
COL
2
78
68
146
CUT
Bradley Moore
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Dominic Foos
GER
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
68
78
146
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse
FRA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
2
71
75
146
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
2
76
70
146
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
2
69
77
146
CUT
Stanislav Matus
CZE
2
72
74
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
2
75
71
146
CUT
Adrian Meronk
POL
3
76
71
147
CUT
Andrew Wilson
ENG
3
74
73
147
CUT
Gudmundur Kristjansson
ISL
3
70
77
147
CUT
Laurenz Kubin
AUT
3
74
73
147
CUT
Maximilian Steinlechner
AUT
3
73
74
147
CUT
Niall Kearney
IRL
3
78
69
147
CUT
Nicolai Kristensen
DNK
3
74
73
147
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
75
72
147
CUT
Richard Mansell
ENG
3
74
73
147
CUT
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
3
72
75
147
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
79
68
147
CUT
Ugo Coussaud
FRA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Chris Robb
SCO
4
73
75
148
CUT
Gerold Folk
AUT
4
77
71
148
CUT
Lukas Lipold
AUT
4
76
72
148
CUT
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
4
70
78
148
CUT
Niklas Regner
AUT
4
70
78
148
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
4
76
72
148
CUT
Victor Riu
FRA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
5
75
74
149
CUT
Alfie Plant
ENG
6
77
73
150
CUT
Janne Kaske
FIN
6
77
73
150
CUT
Lars van Meijel
NED
6
73
77
150
CUT
Mark F. Haastrup
DEN
6
73
77
150
CUT
Ross McGowan
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
Antti Ahokas
FIN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Martin Wiegele
AUT
7
73
78
151
CUT
Rhys Enoch
WAL
7
81
70
151
CUT
Ben Stow
ENG
8
75
77
152
CUT
Emilio Cuartero
ESP
8
77
75
152
CUT
Frederic Lacroix
FRA
8
71
81
152
CUT
Haraldur Magnus
ISL
8
81
71
152
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
8
76
76
152
CUT
Jonas Koelbing
GER
8
76
76
152
CUT
Julien Quesne
FRA
8
72
80
152
CUT
Martin Ovesen
DNK
8
75
77
152
CUT
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
8
79
73
152
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
9
75
78
153
CUT
Jesper Sandborg
SWE
11
81
74
155
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
13
80
77
157
CUT
Fredrik Nilehn
SWE
16
85
75
160
CUT
Sebastian Wittmann
AUT
20
87
77
164
RET
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
81
81