Jimenez makes hole-in-one, Espana takes lead at Spanish Open

Miguel Angel Jimenez provided the shot of the day during Round 2 of the European Tour’s Spanish Open, but it was Edouard Espana who seized the lead at Real Club de Golf Prat in Barcelona, Spain.

Jimenez, the defending champion, made a hole-in-one at the 160-yard eighth, using a 6-iron to ace the ninth hole of his European Tour career. His prize? That would be 288 bottles of Mahou beer, lessening the price of celebration for the 51-year-old Spaniard.

Here’s a look at the shot for Jimenez, who is six shots off the lead at 1 under:

Espana, a 25-year-old European Tour rookie, took the 36-hole lead thanks to a round of 3-under 69 Friday. He’s looking for his first finish inside the top 25 on the European Tour this season.

“The level of tournaments is high on Tour so it’s difficult, but I will try and keep going,” said Espana in a release. “I played really well today because it’s very windy. I played really good and I’m really happy.”

He leads Ricardo Gonzalez by one shot heading into the weekend.

Among the notables on the leaderboard are Francesco Molinari (3 under, T-8), Tommy Fleetwood (1 under, T-16), Pablo Larrazabal (even, T-28), Peter Uihlein (1 over, T-34) and Sergio Garcia (3 over T-54). Garcia was in danger of missing the cut after posting a round of even-par 72 in the morning, but with difficult conditions the cut line moved to 5 over and kept the Spaniard in play through the weekend.

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