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Miguel Angel Jimenez leads KLM Open

Sept. 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied the 18th hole Thursday in breaking a six-player logjam and taking the lead at the European Tour's KLM Open in the Netherlands.

Jimenez, 49, had eight birdies and a pair of bogeys in Thursday's first-round play for a 6-under-par 64.

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The crowd tied for second one stroke back of Jimenez includes David Howell, Pablo Larrazabal, Damien McGrane, Gary Orr and Fabrizio Zanotti. Howell and Larrazabal each had five birdies in a bogey-free round of 65, while Orr had seven birdies and a pair of bogeys and McGrane and Zanotti both had five birdies, an eagle and two bogeys Thursday.

Jimenez, in one of the final first-round groups, opened with three birdies in his first four holes. He had a bogey at No. 6 but quickly got that back with a birdie at 7. He had another bogey at the 10th hole but pulled close to the lead with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13.

He tied the large group at 5-under by holing a pitch shot for a birdie at 16 and then saved par from 12 feet at 17. An 8-foot putt for birdie at the 18th gave Jimenez the outright lead.

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