Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ole ... Manuel Quiros takes lead with super

62 (10 under par) in Madrid Masters

Manuel Quiros shot a sensational 10-under-par round of 62 at Centro Nacional de Golf to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Madrid Masters.
The World Number 1,076 is two clear of World No 8 Sergio Garcia, who had moved into the clubhouse lead earlier with a closing 15ft eagle putt.
But playing in the last group of the day Quiros blasted an incredible ten-birdie 62.
The 30 year old from Marbella, who earned a place in the event off the Spanish Order of Merit, has made six trips to The European Tour Qualifying School and only made it through once.
That was three years ago he has not managed a top 40 finish on The Challenge Tour this season.
Quiros, who won on the Spanish tour last week, said: "I had 12 chances for birdie and I made ten - unbelievable. "I think I was very lucky with the putter."
Third place is held by England's 21 year old Oliver Fisher, who came up through the amateur ranks with Rory McIlroy and was the youngest-ever player to appear in the Walker Cup.
Garcia has returned to action with new clubs. Next season a different rule governing grooves is being introduced - the aim is to make it more important to hit the fairways - and he said: "These are conforming and you definitely see a difference coming out of the rough.
"It's good to get a feel of it and see how it reacts so you're ready for next year. I love the clubs, so it's fine. The ball seems to jump all the time and it's just a question of how much."
Fisher, now working with Lee Westwood's coach Pete Cowen, commented: "I'm very pleased - it's nice to be at the top of the leaderboard for a change. At the end of the day you've just got to do your best, try as hard as you can and see what happens. It will pay off hopefully.
"There's so much golf to be played yet, so I'll just take it step by step. Pete obviously has a lot of experience and it's good to have his words of wisdom."
Compatriot Anthony Wall, who injured his left shoulder playing for Great Britain & Ireland against Continental Europe two weeks ago, played through the pain for a 66.
That saw him tied for fourth with Scot David Drysdale and three more English players - Ross McGowan and 2007 Walker Cup team-mates Danny Willett and David Horsey.
Wall said: "There are four trapped nerves in and around the shoulder. It's sore and it still hurts, but I can play. I've had plenty of prodding to try to get the blood flowing and get the nerves back in their rightful place."



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