Miguel Angel Jimenez walked off the 18th green Thursday at the Hero Open and sipped a glass of rioja.How else to
commemorate a new European Tour record?The 56-year-old
Spaniard passed Sam Torrance’s longstanding mark by making his 707th profession start on the European Trip. Jimenez did so in design, firing a bogey-free 8-under 64 to sit just 2 shots off the lead.Jimenez had actually made Torrance’s record an objective and prospered regardless of the coronavirus pandemic upending the European Tour’s schedule this summer season. As he prepares for a go back to the PGA Trip Champions, Jimenez has remained extremely competitive. Previously this month he held the 36-hole lead at the Austrian Open before completing in eighth location, and recently, during the first stop on the European Trip’s U.K. Swing, he tied for 38th.Full-field scores from the Hero Open In the opening round at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Nation Club, Jimenez carded 8 birdies as he wants to catch his 22nd career European Trip title. Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez blazes a trail after a 10-under 62. When he finished his round, Jimenez spoke through video conference with Torrance and raised a glass of red wine.
“I’m really happy with the record,”Torrance told him,”however I can’t offer it to somebody better. Muy bien (excellent).