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The Open: Miguel Angel Jimenez stays on course to become oldest major champion

Last Updated: 19/07/13 10:51pm

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Miguel Angel Jimenez: Not intending to change his routine or lifestyle

Miguel Angel Jimenez: Not intending to change his routine or lifestyle

Miguel Angel Jimenez is confident he can handle the pressure of leading the Open Championship title after claiming the second-round lead.

The 49-year-old, bidding to become the oldest winner of a major crown, added a composed 71 to his opening 68 to remain on three under par for the tournament, which proved good enough for a one-shot lead by the end of the day.

The charismatic Spaniard is back to his best after coming back from a broken leg sustained in a skiing accident in January, and he plotted his way around the testing Muirfield links to card two birdies against a pair of bogeys.

That left him one ahead of world No 1 Tiger Woods and fellow Ryder Cup stars Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson, and he insisted he was not too old to end his long search for a maiden major.

When asked how he earned the clubhouse lead, he replied: "Why? I have not the right to do it? Only the young people can do it?

"A major is more important. Being on top of this major field makes you feel a lot of pressure - but that's what I'd like to feel on the golf course. I like to feel the pressure, as long as I can handle it there is no problem."
Miguel Angel Jimenez

"I've been 25 years on the tour, had 19 victories, and I would love to have a major on my career - why not this one? Enjoy yourself what you do in life - that's the secret - that's what I'm doing.

Relaxed

"I feel relaxed and I love what I'm doing. I play golf, I do this for a living and I've been doing the same thing for 25 years. Probably some people say maybe it's too many years but they're wrong.

"Anything that is important to you is going to make you feel pressure and to me golf is very important.

"A major is more important. Being on top of this major field makes you feel a lot of pressure - but that's what I'd like to feel on the golf course. I like to feel the pressure, as long as I can handle it there is no problem."

Jimenez is famed for his love of huge cigars, rioja and Ferraris, and he insisted he had no intention of changing his routine.

"You have to do the same things that you do every day. You don't need to change anything," he added.

"I'm leading now so I have to go to bed at 10 o'clock? I'm going to hit some balls, I'm going to have a nice cigar, have dinner with my girlfriend and with my sons and when the sun comes up I will deal everything."

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