Miguel Angel Jimenez rolled back the years with a 64. Photo: @EuropeanTour via Twitter

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland – Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 6-under round of 64 to be in a three-way tie for the lead after the European Masters first round on Thursday.

Aged 53, Jimenez had seven birdies and a single bogey on the picturesque Swiss Alps course to share the top of the leaderboard with 30th-ranked Tyrrell Hatton of England and Scott Hend of Australia.

Jimenez also competes on the senior tour and already holds the European Tour record as the oldest winner.

At 50, his 2014 Spanish Open title was his 21st on the tour.

Six players were one shot behind the leaders.

Five players on 4-under included American Daniel Im, who aced the 175-yard (160-metre) eighth hole.

In his 500th start on the European Tour, Lee Westwood carded a 1-over 71.

The leading South African was Darren Fichardt, who was just a shot off the lead after compiling a 5-under 65 round on the par-70 course.

AP, Staff Writer