Friday, July 17, 2009

British Golf Open: Jimenez takes 1st Round lead, Golf Betting Odds

At the British Golf Open, this morning to claim the opening-round lead, Miguel Angel Jimenez rolled in a 66-foot birdie putt at the final hole for 6-under 64.

On the leader board, the pony tailed Spaniard known as "The Mechanic" birdied the final two holes in a bogey-free round that knocked Tom Watson and Ben Curtis out of the top spot.

Get Golf News and more about British Golf Open at Golf Betting Tips. At 45, Jimenez beat his previous low score in the British Golf Open by 3 strokes and just missed the major championship record.

At Turnberry to shoot a 65, the Watson 59 year old who is a 5-time winner of the claret jug, held the lead most of the day, taking advantage of calm conditions.

At Royal St. George’s, in 2003, Curtis, the surprise Open winner matched Watson's score in the afternoon.

Tiger Woods struggled to a 71. The world's No. 1 player struggled to a 71 with one wayward shot after another, on a day for going low along the Scottish coast, it was mostly sunny with little breeze off the Irish Sea.

He even dunked his ball in Wilson's Burn, which led to the last of his 4 bogeys at No. 16.
Tiger Woods Said, "I certainly made a few mistakes out there. Realistically, I probably should have shot about 1- or 2-under par."

When the round ended, Tiger Woods headed back to the range to work on his swing, which looked downright ugly with his right hand flying off the club.

His 1st signs of frustration emerged at No. 3, when he took an angry swipe and mumbled something under his breath. By the time the day was done, he had angrily tossed away his clubs several times.

6 years ago, Curtis was virtually unknown except to family and friends when he won the claret jug on his first try.

He missed the cut on his next 3 attempts, but has finished in the top 10 at the British Golf Open the last 2 years. Now, he's confident of making a run at another British Golf Open championship.

Curtis Said, "You don't win it once and not be able to do it again, the last couple of years have been good for me, and this week I got off to a good start."

Curtis overcame a pair of bogeys with an eagle at the par-5 seventh and birdies on four of his last 6 holes.

He finished with a routine two-putt par at No. 18, walking off tied for the top spot. Denmark's Soren Hansen also was contending for the top spot, getting to 5 under with 3 holes left.

Golf's oldest major keeps bringing out the best in the old-timers. Last year, Greg Norman was 53 when he held the 54-hole lead at Birkdale, only to fade on the final day.

Watson still has 3 rounds to go, and the history of major championship British golf open is filled with opening-day leaders who fell out of contention by the weekend.

He would be by the far the oldest British Golf Open champion, a distinction held by Old Tom Morris (now that's an appropriate nickname), who was 46 when he won the claret jug for the final time in 1867.

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