Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Resurgent Quiros birdies last 4 holes to take lead in Sicily

Resurgent Quiros birdies last 4 holes to take lead in Sicily

Differences at the top of the leaderboard remain minimal, and with so many big scores on offer during the first two days of competition, just about anyone inside the top 20 is still in the running to win this year's Rocco Forte Open.

Michael Hoey has continued his fine form at the Forte Rocco Open in Sicily.

Quiros added a second-round 64 to his opening 63 to sit on 15-under-par after 36 holes.

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey now leads the tournament on 13-under, a shot clear of England's David Horsey, South African Zander Lombard and Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg.

Beginning the day two strokes off the pace, Quiros eagled the par-five ninth to reach the turn in 34 and added a two-putt birdie at the par-five 12th.

The Waterford man had started on 4-under but carded a 66, with all five of his birdies coming on the front nine, and levelling each of his holes on the back nine.

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"I left it in the jaws, both putts, but I was nervous", he said.

"Sometimes I've been very greedy, trying to force myself into a better score when the game wasn't good, and today I have to be proud of myself". It's a long time ago since I have been in this situation.

Quiros arguably shouldn't be playing in a low-budget European Tour event featuring a cast of mainly B-list players.

Northern Irishman Hoey, a five-time European Tour victor, birdied his opener on the 11th and added further gains on the 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, first, second and third.

The 26-year-old rolled a birdie down the hill at the 17th before an eight-footer on the last. From a high of 21 in the world in January 2012, Quiros is now 703.

His five-year exemption for winning the 2011 Dubai World Championship, one of two tournaments he won that year along with the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, ran out last year.

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