Age no barrier for Jimenez
Already the oldest winner in European Tour history, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez today set about breaking his own record in the Lyoness Open in Austria.
Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open in November last year at the age of 48 years and 318 days, only to break his leg in a skiing accident the following month.
The 49-year-old returned to action in the Spanish Open in April and celebrated his 600th European Tour appearance with a share of fourth place in the BMW PGA Championship a fortnight ago.
And after a top-15 finish in the Nordea Masters last week, Jimenez continued his good form in Atzenbrugg with a five-under-par 67 at Diamond Country Club to lie one shot behind clubhouse leader Graeme Storm, whose 66 contained seven birdies and just one bogey on the 18th.
Starting from the 10th, Jimenez birdied his opening hole and also picked up shots on the 12th and 14th before a bogey on the 15th briefly halted his momentum.
A birdie on the 16th took the 49-year-old back to three under par and after another bogey on the second, the 19-time Tour winner carded a hat-trick of birdies from the sixth.
Despite being constantly outdriven by more than 30 yards by playing partner and defending champion Bernd Wiesberger - who carded a 68 - Jimenez told Sky Sports 2: "I enjoy what I do. I played very well and am hitting it very solid.
"I play with these guys and I need binoculars to see where they hit it. It's difficult to gain any distance now with this body at 49 years of age, but it doesn't bother me because I know who I am, I know my strengths."
At the other end of the age spectrum, 18-year-old Austrian amateur Matthias Schwab also recorded a 67 just three weeks after finishing his school exams.
Schwab, who was runner-up in the British Amateur last year and went on to win two and a half points out of three in the junior Ryder Cup, carded five birdies and no bogeys in a flawless round.
Former tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov was having a less enjoyable day however, the Russian covering the back nine in 47 and slumping to 13 over par after 16 holes.
The 39-year-old has found it difficult to carve out a second career in professional sport, missing the cut here last year by seven shots after rounds of 75 and 77 and by an amazing 27 shots on his debut in the 2008 Russian Open following rounds of 89 and 80.