Euro Tour. KLM Open, Jiménez 1st Round Leader September 12 2013

Miguel Angel Jiménez leads the KLM Open at the conclusion of the opening round at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Zandvoort, The Netherlands. Miguel Angel Jimenez  (Getty Images) Miguel continues to roll back the years, with another fine performance at the start of the KLM Open in Holland. His opening round of -6 under par 64 gave him a one shot lead over the field on the par 70 Kennemer G&GC lay-out. Spaniard Miguel said he came to life when the sun came out; “When the sun came out I started to play my best golf, holing my wedge shot from 40 metres on the 16th was very nice. Then the birdie on the last was a great way to finish, I’m very happy. It’s a nice course and it’s in great condition, so I enjoyed my day very much. It’s maybe not playing as firm as it normally would, because of all the wet weather we’ve had. But hopefully we can get a bit more sun and it will dry out over the next few days. I played very well last week, so I expected to play well again here.  Seve Ballesteros’s first win on The European Tour was here in 1976, and José María [Olazábal] also won here in 1989, so hopefully I can win here too. That would be fantastic. I love to kick the young boys’ butts! I look after myself. People know I love to smoke cigars and drink nice wines, but I also work out and I keep myself very fit, because you have to. I love my job and I love my life, so hopefully I can keep it going for a few years yet.”  There are six players chasing Miguel, all tied at -5 under par in second spot. The internationally mixed bunch are; Spain's Pablo Larrazábal, Ireland’s Damien McGrane, Scot Gary Orr, Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, England’s David Howell and Australian Robert Allenby. The leaderboard is tightly packed once again on the European Tour in what should be another exciting contest. Fabrizio has good memories of this course, and plays well here, he will need to play well again as  has dropped to 152nd position on The Race to Dubai, the 30 year old has just four events remaining after this week to climb into the top 110 players who will keep their cards; " A few years ago I played well here, so I like Holland. Always you have good memories, so you try to remember the good results and good places. Sometimes you get to those places and just play good golf, and that’s the case with me here.” Damien was delighted with his start to the tournament; “I’m delighted, because I played lovely from start to finish. The course is in fantastic shape, and the weather was somewhat kinder this morning. All in all it was a very pleasing day, and definitely gives me a nice platform to build on over the next few days.”  Best placed Dutchman is Wil Besseling, he is tied in ninth place at -3 under par, just three shots off the lead.