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Golf star Jimenez at the Gösser Open as a box for his son - Athletic Mix

Golf star Jimenez at the Gösser Open as a box for his son – Athletic Mix

At Gösser Open in Maria Lankowitz there is a very big name – albeit an unusual role.

Spanish superstar Miguel Angel Jimenez takes on the role of the canisters for the €40,000 tournament in Archduke Johann GC. This week, the 57-year-old is supporting his son Victor, who is playing his third professional championship at the Alps Tour event in Western Styria.

The winner of 21 championships on the European Tour had asked ÖGV Sports Director Niki Zetni about his starting place for Velios.

Jimenez: “Why not…”

The father and son trained last week in Malaga, but the “case decision” was not made until Wednesday.

Last night I said to myself: Why not? And tell Victor I’m going to carry his bag,” the star said after the opening round of 70 strokes (two under par).

Jimenez-sen. He lives with his Austrian wife Suzanne. Mainly in the Dominican Republic, but also frequently resides in Malaga and Bad Waltersdorf.

Best Austrian in fifth place

After the first day, the Spaniard Daniel Berna Manzanares and the Frenchman Edgar Catherine led.

In the 72nd session in West Styria, the duo bring an impressive 63 runs (-9) to the club and are one step ahead of Ireland’s Gary Hurley and Italy’s Carlo Casalegno (64/-8) to the top of the leaderboard.

Hamza Amin also got off to a good start, after a solid 65 (-7) lap, alongside Spanish amateurs Joel Moscatel and France’s Franck Medal as the Austrian best in fifth.

“Put very well”

“This round was more than solid today, only on the 14th I landed a ghost with a blow in water hazard. But with this start I put myself in a very good position for the rest of the championship,” said the 33-year-old pro from GC Schloss Schönborn.

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“I was the best amateur at the Gösser Open in 2009 and 2010, and I feel at home here. After all, you always love to come back to a place you have fond memories,” added Amin.

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