Jimenez posted his 3-under 68 first but his clubhouse lead only lasted a few moments as Cabrera-Bello quickly followed him up with a 4-under 67.
This isn't new territory for Jimenez. He opened with a 66 at the 2011 British Open, which was one off the lead, and a 64 in 2009 to lead
Dubbed "the most interesting man in the world," Jimenez sent Twitter into an early morning tizzy with his game on Thursday. We love nothing more than a golfer who isn't afraid to intrigue us with his life and, well, do this on the practice range:
Cabrera-Bello is a decidedly less interesting figure, though his scorecard didn't necessarily reflect that on Thursday. The 29-year-old made six birdies as well as two bogeys to assume the first-round lead (for now):
He has won twice on the European Tour (once in 2012 over Lee Westwood) but his best ever finish at a British Open is T81 (in 2012) and he has never even broken the top 40 at a major.
We're a long way from home but Cabrera-Bello has to be thrilled about his start although he probably hopes one of the Johnson brothers (Zach or Dustin) overtakes him later on Thursday. Why? Because the first-round leader of the tournament hasn't gone on to win since Tiger Woods did it back in 2005.
Also working against both of these men is the fact that a Spaniard hasn't captured this championship since Seve Ballesteros did it back in 1988 at Royal Lytham & St Annes.