Miguel Angel Jimenez finds his British Open groove again

Miguel Angel Jimenez hopes to put together three more days just like Thursday. (USATSI)
Miguel Angel Jimenez hopes to put together three more days just like Thursday. (USATSI)

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Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Miguel Angel Jimenez have taken the early -- and I mean early -- lead of the 2013 British Open.

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 Tom Watson by one. Despite all the hot starts, Jimenez has only finished in the top 10 twice at this tournament.

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.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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