x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Jimenez sends message to Ballesteros

Miguel Angel Jimenez sent a message to Seve Ballesteros after taking the first round lead in The Open at Turnberry.

Miguel Angel Jimenez sent a message to Seve Ballesteros after taking the first round lead in The Open at Turnberry. Ballesteros held the Claret Jug aloft three times, but is now recovering from four operations to remove a brain tumour. "Seve's meant a lot for the Tour, for lots of people," said his 1997 Ryder Cup vice-captain Jimenez after a six under par 64 which equalled the lowest first round in Open history. "He's the mentor of the Tour and players like me are looking up to him. It's something that you're never going to forget. "To see the way he fights and the way he is going forward gives you lots of motivation to do anything in life. "The power is inside yourself and the power is inside Seve. And I just want to say keep going and see you soon on the fairways." Jimenez is 45 and would be the fourth oldest winner of the title, but just one behind are 59-year-old five-time champion Tom Watson and his fellow American Ben Curtis, the 2003 champion. With two to play the Malaga golfer was one behind, but he two-putted the long 17th and then holed a 60-footer on the last. "You can't ask a better day to play off. No wind, no nothing ? and it took care of me." On Watson's performance he added: "What a legend. We have to feel very proud to play with him ? and still playing at the level he plays. "Experience is always important in the majors and it's great to have a player with that charisma on the top of the leader board." * PA Sport