Rocco Forte Open: Alvaro Quiros beats Zander Lombard at second play-off hole

Posted May 22, 2017

Alvaro Quiros birdied his final four holes to move into the lead at the halfway stage of the Rocco Forte Open on Friday and round off a stunning return to form. I'm happy with where I am right now.

The former world number 23 lay 20 under after six holes but four bogeys and a double bogey, including four dropped shots between the 15th and the 17th, saw him drop back into the pack at Verdura Golf Club.

"It was hard towards the end, I used up a lot of adrenaline yesterday", Hoey commented, referring to Thursday when he came close to recording the European Tour's first ever round of 59.

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The pair had finished tied on 14 under par, one shot ahead of China's Li Haotong, who had an albatross on the 12th in a closing 66 but had to be persuaded to get off a bus heading to the airport as the final group stumbled over the closing stretch.

After a lengthy period in the golfing doldrums Ormsby continues to display evidence of a game returning to that which has seen him record top five finishes in numerous European, Asian and Australasian Tour events although he has only one win to his name, that coming at the Panasonic Open India in 2013.

"It's a unusual feeling because obviously I'm very happy", Quiros, who reached as high as 21st in the world in 2011 but started the week 703rd, told Sky Sports.

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Quiros added a second-round 64 to his opening 63 to sit on 15-under-par after 36 holes. Eight consecutive pars was the typical situation for me to blow my mind because I'm not shooting low.

"My game wasn't that bad today but I was just struggling in the wind over the last few holes", Quiros explained.

The left-hander does not have any status on the PGA Tour and missed the cut at Augusta National last month for the sixth time in the last seven years, while he also made early exits from European Tour events in Morocco and Portugal.

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