The Open. 2nd Round. Experience Tells As Angel Ascends. July 19 2013

Miguel Angel Jiménez  showed composure and his experience to ascend to the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the second round of The Open at Muirfield. Miguel Angel Jimenez  (Getty Images) Miguel Angel Jiménez / Getty Images Miguel is already the oldest winner in European Tour history, and now has chances of becoming the oldest Major Champion as well in The 142nd Open Championship. He had a second round of par. 71, for a tournament score of -3 under par. Miguel spoke of the pressure; "Of course I feel pressure, anything that is important to you makes you feel pressure, but as long as I can handle it there is no problem. I have been playing golf for 25 years and sometimes you think maybe it's too many, but it's okay." One shot behind Miguel at -2 under par is a posse of four players who have some pedigree of their own; Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson. Lee loves playing The Open; " It's a Major and I love playing The Open Championship. "It's the biggest event of the year for me. Why not enjoy it out there? It's tough for everybody so smile your way through it. I thought one over would be right in contention so to be two under is a real bonus. The greens were a little softer this morning. I repaired a pitch mark on the second and third but that was about it as far as that was concerned. They started to firm up pretty quickly. I was pleased to be six under through 12. I was playing some great stuff and it was just getting harder as the holes progressed. The golf course got really difficult and the finish is tough as 16, 17 and 18 are playing hard. I'll kick back this afternoon on the couch and watch some struggles and the cricket." Tiger was happy with his position and said had had chances to win more Majors; " I'm in a good spot, I've just got to continue plodding along, continue just being patient, putting the ball in the right spots. We're not going to get a lot of opportunities out there but when I have I've been able to capitalize and hopefully I can continue doing that. I've been right there, I give myself chances. I've had chances on the back nine of many of those Sundays. Just one of those things where I haven't gotten it done. I'm not going to win every Major I play in, but certainly I can try and put myself there. If I give myself enough opportunities, I'll get my share, and I think I have so far in my career." Yesterday's leader Zach Johnson slipped back to -1 under par, in a tie for sixth place. Among those missing the cut were; Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Ricky Fowler, and two old timers in Tom Watson and Nick Faldo.