Miguel A. Jimenez surges with 66

Updated: April 12, 2014, 7:49 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Miguel Angel Jimenez made Masters history Saturday by tying the record for the lowest score shot by a player age 50 or older.

The Spaniard, who has won 20 times on the European Tour, shot 6-under-par 66 to surge up the leaderboard and move two shots behind co-leaders Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson in a tie for fifth place.

[+] EnlargeMiguel Angel Jimenez
Rob Carr/Getty ImagesMiguel Angel Jimenez after becoming just the third 50-or-older player to shoot 66 at the Masters: "I love the place."

Jimenez, 50, matched the 66 shot by Ben Hogan here in 1967 and again by Fred Couples in 2010.

"I love the place," he said. "It's a beautiful place, a beautiful golf course, always manicured, and I feel great here. Doesn't matter how you play, you feel good, because everything is prepared for us the way it is.

"If you are 50 doesn't mean that you cannot play well. I'm still moving. I'm still flexible ... the main thing is I'm doing what I like to do in my life and I'm enjoying it completely."

Jimenez, who won the UBS Hong Kong Open late last year, started his round at 3 over, but birdied the third, fifth, 10th and 11th holes before a bogey at No. 12. He then added birdies at Nos. 13, 14 and 16.

Playing in his 15th Masters, Jimenez matched his lowest score at Augusta National, shot in 2010. His best finish is a tie for eighth in 2008.

Although Jimenez is scheduled to make his Champions Tour debut next week in Atlanta, he doesn't plan to make a habit of the 50-and-older circuit -- at least not this year. He has a goal of making the European Ryder Cup team.

"I know I have a chance to play the Ryder Cup," said Jimenez, who is ranked 40th in the world and 13th on the European Tour points list -- a world list is also used to determine the nine automatic qualifiers.

Jimenez has played on four European teams and was a vice captain for Jose Maria Olazabal's winning team in 2012 at Medinah.

Bob Harig | email

Golf Writer, ESPN.com

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