July 19 2013
Miguel Angel Jimenez has finished in the top 10 in just two of 20 Open starts. (Franklink/Getty Images)
Miguel Angel Jimenez is the new clubhouse leader at The Open Championship after posting 3-under 139 (68-71). Angel Cabrera is 4 under after nine holes of his second round.
Jimenez made two birdies and two bogeys Friday. He’s made just four bogeys in 36 holes. Three players – Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson – had previously posted 140 for the Open’s first two rounds.
Jimenez has one-putted 17 of his first 36 holes. He’s making just his eighth start of the season, including a missed cut at last week’s Scottish Open. The 49-year-old broke his leg in a skiing accident in December. He'd won the previous month's Hong Kong Open to become the oldest winner in European Tour history. He didn’t return until the Spanish Open in April.
Jimenez, a 19-time European Tour winner, finished ninth at last year’s Open, his first top-10 in this championship since finishing third in 2001. Those are his only top-10s in 20 previous Open starts. He’s made the cut in nine of his past 10 appearances at this championship, though.