First Round – European Tour – Turkish Airlines Open – Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club – Antalya, Turkey –
The Most Interesting Man in Golf – Miguel Angel Jimenez – keeps making headlines.
The 52-year-old European Tour veteran, who is already the oldest player ever to win a title on the tour, is among those being considered for Captain of the next Ryder Cup team in Europe. But, his playing days are far from over.
Jimenez, 47th in the Official World Golf Ranking, carded a 9-under-63 at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club to take the opening-round lead at the Turkish Airlines Open.
The event – the third in a four-tournament Final Series on the European Tour – features headliners No.4-ranked Sergio Garcia, former FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai champ Henrik Stenson and U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer.
Jimenez, who has two wins this season including the Open de Espana in May and the Hong Kong Open in December 2013, leads Ian Poulter by a shot and then a group of players including Brendon de Jonge at 7-under and two back.
Kaymer, who won the PGA Tour’s Players Championship last May, shot 66. He is T-15 and within striking distance alongside Alexander Levy, who won the Portugal Masters in October.
Stenson leads a group at 2-under and T-34 which includes Lee Westwood and BMW Masters winner Marcel Siem, who is trying to win his second Final Series event in three starts.
Garcia (T-64) shot 3-over-73, while defending champion Victor Dubuisson struggled to card a 75. Nicolas Colaerts, one of the sleeper favorites this week, shot 80 in the opening round capped off with a 10 at the par-5 4th hole.
Jimenez, 22nd in the Race to Dubai standings, has 21 career European Tour victories. He his 11 of 13 Fairways in Regulation and needed just 23 putts in his bogey-free round. MAJ was a perfect 5-for-5 in Scrambling on day one.
Other Golf News:
- Aussie Greg Chalmers and Fabian Gomez are 4-under playing their opening nine holes in Mexico at the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba. They co-lead in the early going.
- Lydia Ko, No. 3 in the Rolex Ranking, was named the Louis Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year for 2014.
- The LPGA Tour heads to Mexico of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational this week before moving to Naples, Florida for the season-finale at the CME Group Tour Championship.
- Jason Dufner, who finished T-10 last week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, shot 3-under-69 playing at the Asian Tour’s Chiangmai Classic. Dufner is three back of the lead after round one action.