The swagger has come to Turkey.
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who earlier this year became the oldest champion in European Tour history, fired a dazzling 9-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead following the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, Turkey on Thursday.
Three-under at the turn, Jimenez eagled the par-4 No. 10, then fired four straight birdies between 13 and 16 to blitz his way to the top of the leaderboard.
Jimenez will turn 51 in January. He finished 71st at the WGC-HSBC Champions last week with an ugly 14-over.
Jimenez has had a tremendous year, winning the Hong Kong Open and Open de Espana, finishing fourth at the Masters and fifth at the Lyoness Open.
He has a 1-stroke leader over England’s Ian Poulter as a whopping 50 players shot at least 1-stroke under par. Poulter was also 3-under at the turn and was 4-under after a bogey on 12 before eagling 13.
Fellow Brit Tyrrell Hatton is tied for third with Australia’s Wade Ormsby and Zimbabwe’s Brendon De Jonge for third at 7-under. A further eight players are tied for sixth at 5-under.
Top 10 Final Series ranked Alexander Levy (5th) and Martin Kaymer (10th) are part of another crowd tied for 15th at 4-under, and wild card invite John Daly, presently ranked 1,049th in the world, is in a crowd at 3-under, thanks to a stretch of three birdies on the front nine.