Four months after breaking his leg in a skiing accident, Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the cut in his first return to competitive play at the European Tour's Open de Espana.
Playing in his native land, Jimenez followed a 4-over 76 Thursday at Parador de El Saler with a 2-over 74 Friday to miss the cut by several shots. It marked the first play for the Spaniard since he broke his tibia during an off-season ski trip in December, an injury that was originally forecast to shelve the 19-time European Tour winner for several months.
Currently 85th in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jimenez admitted before the event began that he was not yet on top of his game.
'My leg is improving daily,' the 2012 Ryder Cup vice captain told reporters earlier this week. 'I work out every morning in the gym and I'm actually a little ahead of schedule on my rehab. I am not one hundred percent fit, but I want to test myself and see how I feel.'
Only one month before the injury, Jimenez became the oldest player to win a European Tour event when he claimed the UBS Hong Kong Open just shy of his 49th birthday. It remains to be seen how quickly the Spaniard will resume a full slate of events, though he remains exempt for the British Open this summer in addition to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.