Jimenez surges to lead of British Open with 64

Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:53 AM
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TURNBERRY, Scotland - Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez rolled in a 66-foot birdie putt at the final hole for a 6-under 64 to claim the opening-round lead at the British Open.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, right, reacts after a drive on the sixth tee, as Ian Poulter of England, left, watches on during first round play at the British Open.  Associated Press
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Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, right, reacts after a drive on the sixth tee, as Ian Poulter of England, left, watches on during first round play at the British Open.

The ponytailed golfer known as "The Mechanic" birdied the final two holes Thursday in a bogey-free round that knocked Tom Watson and Ben Curtis out of the top spot on the leaderboard.

The 59-year-old Watson, a five-time winner of the claret jug, held the lead most of the day, taking advantage of calm conditions at Turnberry to shoot a 65. Curtis, the surprise Open winner at Royal St. George's in 2003, matched Watson's score in the afternoon.

Tiger Woods struggled to a 71.


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