x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Jimenez captures lead at Turnberry

The Spaniard passes Tom Watson's earlier round of 65 to claim the lead at the 138th British Open Championship at Turnberry.

Miguel Angel Jimenez stole Tom Watson's thunder late in the day with a birdie-birdie finish capping a bogey-free 64 to take the clubhouse lead at six-under. Watson had led most of the opening day with a superb five-under round which rolled back the years at Turnberry. He was joined later by the 2003 champion Ben Curtis before Jiminez capped off a solid day. "If I remember right, this was my best start to a major," the 45-year-old Spaniard said as he smoked a celebratory cigar after draining a 60-foot putt on the 18th green. Asked if he felt any guilt after dislodging Watson from the top of the leader board, Jimenez replied: "No, he's going to be a legend forever. Tom Watson is one of the guys you still have to look at, keep looking for. "We have to feel very proud to play with him, still playing at the level he plays." Curtis, the shock Open champion at Royal St George's in 2003 when he began the tournament as a 300-1 outsider, surged up the leader board with an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys. "Any time you can shoot a red number in a major is a good thing, no matter what the conditions are like," the 32-year-old said. "It was pretty ideal out there. You just had to take advantage of it and I did.

*AP