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Spain's Garcia three back in Castello Masters

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CATELLON, Spain – Ross McGowan shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Castello Masters.

The Englishman, ranked No. 543, holed his approach to the par-4 No. 17 for an eagle and made five birdies in a faultless round that left him two strokes ahead of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti and England’s Richard McEvoy.

Hometown favorite Sergio Garcia had a 67 to lead a string of players a further shot back, while defending champion Matteo Manassero had a 69.

Tom Lewis, last week’s Portugal Masters champion, recovered from a poor start and finished with a 71.

American Anthony Kang shot 70, while two-time major winner John Daly finished with a 73.

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