Miguel Angel Jimenez Makes Record 707th Appearance On European Tour

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Miguel Angel Jimenez Makes Record 707th Appearance On European Tour

Miguel Angel Jimenez made history by surpassing Sam Torrance’s record for the most European Tour appearances as the Spaniard took his total to 707 in Thursday’s Hero Open opening round.

The 56-year-old, who made his Tour debut in 1983, marked the milestone with an impressive eight-under 64 at the Forest of Arden.

Jimenez is in a share of second alongside compatriot Pablo Larrazabal.

The pair are two two shots off the lead held Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.

Jimenez, who became the oldest winner in European Tour history in 2014 at the Spanish Open, was applauded onto the 18th green by many of his fellow players.

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Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy and world number one Jon Rahm were among those who paid tribute during the television coverage of the tournament.

“It’s been a wonderful day,” said Jimenez.

“Eight under par with a beautiful summer day and especially on the 18th with all my colleagues clapping for me, it’s emotional.”

The major was moved in April from its original 18-21 June slot and qualifying events were cancelled in June.

Last month, the US PGA Championship – which takes place next week at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco – confirmed it will be held without fans.

No decision over crowds has yet been made for the Masters at Augusta, which is now scheduled for 12-15 November.

USGA chief executive Mike Davis said: “Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the US Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved.”

Earlier this month, the Ryder Cup which was scheduled for Wisconsin in September was postponed for a year because spectators could not be present due to coronavirus concerns.

The 2020 Open Championship at Royal St George’s in Kent was cancelled because of the pandemic.

Miguel Angel Jimenez Makes Record 707th Appearance On European Tour

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