Hero Open R1

Miguel Angel Jimenez among the Spaniards to impress

July 30 – August 02
Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham, England
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Miguel Angel Jimenez among the Spaniards to impress in first round of Hero Open
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrates after marking his record 707th European Tour start with a 64 in the Hero Open (Mike Egerton/PA)


Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrated his record 707th European Tour appearance in superb style with a flawless 64 in the first round of the Hero Open.


The 56-year-old, already the oldest winner on Tour, carded eight birdies at the Forest of Arden to share second place with compatriot Pablo Larrazabal, just two shots off the lead held by another Spaniard, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.

Jimenez, who made his first start at the 1983 Benson and Hedges Spanish Open, was applauded on to the 18th green by many of his fellow players and the likes of Jack Nicklaus, world number one Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy were among those to pay tribute during the television coverage.



“It’s been a wonderful day,” said Jimenez, who matched Sam Torrance’s previous record of 706 in last week’s British Masters.

“Eight under par with a beautiful summer day and especially now on the 18th here with all my colleagues clapping for me, it’s emotional. I appreciate that very much. Some of them are new players, some I’ve known for many years. It was really nice, very emotive.


“I enjoy everything about my life here. This is a way of living; it’s not only about business, it’s a way of living and golf is my life. You never remember any dull moments.”

In stark contrast to Jimenez, Garcia Rodriguez is enjoying his rookie season on the European Tour after gaining his card via the Challenge Tour and set a new course record with his opening 62.

Miguel Angel Jimenez among the Spaniards to impress in first round of Hero Open
Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez shot a course record of 62 at Forest of Arden (Mike Egerton/PA)


The 31-year-old raced to the turn in 29 with five birdies and an eagle and although he bogeyed the 10th, he responded with birdies on the 13th and 14th and finished eagle-birdie after a dropped shot on the 16th.

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“For me it’s incredible,” Garcia Rodriguez said. “I was so close to the hole the whole time, the irons were incredible and it’s amazing. It’s my dream all the time to be on the European Tour and it’s my first low score.”

Asked about Jimenez, Garcia Rodriguez added: “For me he’s the best, he’s the boss. I played with him two days ago in a practice round and he’s incredible. He’s 56 years old and he’s a great example for me.”

Larrazabal carded nine birdies in his 64 and rescued a bogey on the 14th despite losing a ball off the tee.

“To shoot 64 with a lost ball is probably the best round of my European Tour career,” he said. “I know I shot nine under somewhere but eight under with a lost ball, I’m quite happy.

Miguel Angel Jimenez among the Spaniards to impress in first round of Hero Open
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal is two off the lead after day one of the Hero Open (Mike Egerton/PA)


“I took a lot of positives from last week. I hit a lot of great shots. The mistakes were a little bit wild, I made a lot of little mistakes but the birdies were there and it’s different greens this week, which I like.”

Welshman Oliver Farr is three shots off the pace after a seven-under-par 65, with England’s Ashley Chesters and Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard a stroke further back.

Scotland’s David Drysdale carded a one-over-par 73 on his 500th European Tour start.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-10
62
T2
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-8
64
T2
Pablo Larrazabal
-8
64
4
Oliver Farr
-7
65
T5
Ashley Chesters
-6
66
T5
Rasmus Højgaard
-6
66
T5
Justin Walters
-6
66
T8
Wil Besseling
-5
67
T8
Laurie Canter
-5
67
T8
Sean Crocker
-5
67
T8
Thomas Detry
-5
67
T8
Sihwan Kim
-5
67
T8
Mikko Korhonen
-5
67
T8
Alexander Levy
-5
67
T8
Robin Roussel
-5
67
T8
Matthew Southgate
-5
67
T8
Joël Stalter
-5
67
T8
Connor Syme
-5
67
T19
Alexander Björk
-4
68
T19
Dave Coupland
-4
68
T19
Rhys Enoch
-4
68
T19
Ewen Ferguson
-4
68
T19
Julien Guerrier
-4
68
T19
Joachim B. Hansen
-4
68
T19
Sam Horsfield
-4
68
T19
Rikard Karlberg
-4
68
T19
Antoine Rozner
-4
68
T19
Kalle Samooja
-4
68
T19
Callum Shinkwin
-4
68
T30
Grant Forrest
-3
69
T30
Benjamin Hebert
-3
69
T30
Romain Langasque
-3
69
T30
Richard McEvoy
-3
69
T30
Matthieu Pavon
-3
69
T30
Marco Penge
-3
69
T30
Carlos Pigem
-3
69
T30
Richie Ramsay
-3
69
T30
Jason Scrivener
-3
69
T30
Clement Sordet
-3
66
T30
Dale Whitnell
-3
69
T30
Darius van Driel
-3
69
T42
Richard Bland
-2
70
T42
Ross Fisher
-2
70
T42
Ryan Fox
-2
70
T42
Justin Harding
-2
70
T42
Paul Hendriksen
-2
70
T42
Søren Kjeldsen
-2
70
T42
Niklas Lemke
-2
70
T42
Thorbjørn Olesen
-2
70
T42
Adrian Otaegui
-2
70
T42
Chris Paisley
-2
70
T42
Renato Paratore
-2
70
T42
Garrick Porteous
-2
70
T42
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
70
T42
Ricardo Santos
-2
70
T42
Lorenzo Scalise
-2
70
T42
Cormac Sharvin
-2
70
T42
Joel Sjoholm
-2
70
T42
Lee Slattery
-2
70
T42
Jordan Smith
-2
70
T42
Ben Stow
-2
70
T42
Andy Sullivan
-2
70
T42
Scott Vincent
-2
67
T64
Thomas Bjørn
-1
71
T64
Steven Brown
-1
71
T64
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
71
T64
Michael Campbell
-1
71
T64
John Catlin
-1
71
T64
David Horsey
-1
71
T64
Scott Jamieson
-1
71
T64
Maximilian Kieffer
-1
71
T64
Joost Luiten
-1
71
T64
Ross McGowan
-1
71
T64
Aaron Rai
-1
71
T64
Robert Rock
-1
71
T64
Marcel Schneider
-1
68
T64
Jack Senior
-1
71
T64
Oliver Wilson
-1
71
T64
Lars van Meijel
-1
71
T80
Maverick Antcliff
E
72
T80
Marcus Armitage
E
72
T80
Jamie Donaldson
E
72
T80
Ben Evans
E
72
T80
Oliver Fisher
E
72
T80
Calum Hill
E
72
T80
Benjamin Poke
E
72
T80
Max Schmitt
E
72
T80
Julian Suri
E
72
T80
Steven Tiley
E
72
T90
Matthew Baldwin
1
73
T90
Nicolas Colsaerts
1
73
T90
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
1
73
T90
David Drysdale
1
73
T90
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
1
73
T90
Pedro Figueiredo
1
73
T90
Scott Hend
1
73
T90
David Howell
1
73
T90
Daan Huizing
1
73
T90
Zander Lombard
1
73
T90
Gavin Moynihan
1
73
T90
Haydn Porteous
1
73
T90
Shubhankar Sharma
1
73
T90
Brandon Stone
1
73
T90
Min Woo Lee
1
73
T105
Aaron Cockerill
2
74
T105
Louis De Jager
2
74
T105
Paul Dunne
2
74
T105
Matthew Jordan
2
74
T105
Jake McLeod
2
74
T105
Guido Migliozzi
2
74
T105
Alvaro Quiros
2
74
T105
Adrien Saddier
2
74
T105
Toby Tree
2
74
T105
Marc Warren
2
74
T115
Dean Burmester
3
75
T115
Alejandro Cañizares
3
75
T115
Bryce Easton
3
75
T115
Liam Johnston
3
75
T115
Masahiro Kawamura
3
75
T115
Adrian Meronk
3
75
T115
Johannes Veerman
3
75
T122
David Law
4
76
T122
Andrea Pavan
4
76
T122
Eddie Pepperell
4
76
T122
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
4
76
T122
Jeff Winther
4
76
T127
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
5
77
T127
Joakim Lagergren
5
77
T127
James Morrison
5
77
T130
Edoardo Molinari
7
79
T130
Graeme Storm
7
79
132
Nicolai Højgaard
8
80