MADRID – Manuel Quiros of Spain shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to lead Sergio Garcia by two shots after the first round of the Madrid Masters.
Quiros finished strongly with six birdies over the final nine holes to overtake Garcia at the Centro Nacional de Golf course.
“That was the best back nine of my life,” Quiros said. “I had 12 chances for birdie and I made 10—unbelievable. I think I was very lucky with the putter.”
Garcia made a 15-foot putt for eagle at the par-5 18th to cap a 5-under finish over the last nine holes.
Oliver Fisher of England trailed Quiros by three shots, while a group of five players were at 6 under. Defending champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa shot a 71.