Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez is relishing his return to European Tour action when he takes part in his first competition since breaking his leg in a skiing accident in December last year.

The 49-year-old teed off on Thursday afternoon at the Spanish Open - the same event where he made his professional debut 30 years ago - and ahead of the tournament, spoke of his delight at making such a speedy recovery.

"My leg is improving daily," Jimenez is quoted by ESPN. "I work out every morning in the gym and I'm actually a little ahead of schedule on my rehab. 

"I am not one hundred per cent fit, but I want to test myself and see how I feel.

"I can't wait to be back on tour with my friends and I'd hate to miss the chance of playing at El Saler."

Jimenez became the oldest winner in European Tour history when he won the Hong Kong Open in November 2012, and will be hoping to quickly rediscover the form he showed prior to his freak injury. 

And, what better place for him to kick-start his comeback than at Open de Espana - one of the oldest tournaments in the world - on familiar fairways at the Parador de El Saler in Valencia.

"I have many fond memories of El Saler," he added. "We used to play many tournaments in the 80s - I won an Under-25 in 1986. 

"We also played two or three Campeonatos de Levante, and later on a few European Tour events. The last I played was the 2003 Seve Trophy."

Sergio Garcia heads a strong field of Spanish players returning to the home tournament, which also includes Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal and Gonzalo FDEZ Costano, who finished in tied 20th place at Augusta.




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