Jimenez claims lead at Muirfield

East Lothian, Scotland (Sports Network) - Miguel Angel Jimenez has put himself in a position that he has never been before.

The Spaniard battled for an even-par 71 on Friday at the British Open, and that was good enough to give him a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the season's third major.

Jimenez, 49, finished 36 holes at 3-under-par 139. He has won five of the 15 times he held the 36-hole lead between the PGA and European Tours, but this is the first time he has been the second-round leader in a major.

If the pressure of owning his first 36-hole lead in a major isn't enough, all he has to do is look at the leaderboard behind him.

Three-time Open champion Tiger Woods also managed a 71 at Muirfield and is tied for second at minus-2. Woods stands alongside Lee Westwood (68), Dustin Johnson (72) and Henrik Stenson (70).

First-round leader Zach Johnson stumbled to a 4-over 75 to dip to 1-under-par 141 through two rounds. He was joined there by two-time major champion Angel Cabrera (72), Martin Laird (71) and Rafael Cabrera-Bello (74).

Ryan Moore carded a 1-under 70 and is alone in 10th place at even-par 142. Phil Mickelson (74), Masters winner Adam Scott (72) and 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke (71) are among nine players tied at plus-1.

Charl Schwartzel matched Westwood for the low round of the day as the former Masters winner climbed to plus-1 for the championship.


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