Jimenez on fire at Augusta

European Tour

Miguel Angel Jimenez defied his age to rocket into contention on the back of a superb six-under-par 66 at the Masters on Saturday.

The 50-year-old Spanish veteran made the halfway cut with just a shot to spare on three over par, but surged through the field with a seven-birdie, one-bogey third-round performance.

That was good enough for a share of fifth place alongside Rickie Fowler, two shots behind leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth.

Jimenez became the the oldest winner in European Tour history last December when he successfully defended his Hong Kong Open title, just weeks before turning 50 on January 5.

Were he to triumph on Sunday, he would also become the oldest winner in major history, eclipsing the record of Julius Boros, who was 48 years, four months and 18 days old when he won the 1968 US PGA Championship.

Jimenez picked up birdies at the third and fifth before adding five more at the 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th and 16th – with a bogey on the 12th his only blemish.

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