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Quiros Takes Lead Into Weekend at Trophée Hassan II

Alvaro Quiros posted a 2-under par 70 to take a one-shot lead into Saturday’s third round of the Trophée Hassan II.

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Starting from the back nine at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Quiros carded five bogeys offset by seven birdies, highlighted by a hat trick of gains on hole Nos. 17, 18, and 1.

Quiros, who has missed 16 cuts in his last 19 starts, says his mindset won’t change as the 36-hole leader.

“Clearly I’m recovering a little bit of natural feel in my swing and now every single day of golf I need to recover a bit of confidence,” said Quiros, who was ranked as high as No. 21 in 2011.

“A lot of times when I miss a shot, it’s not related straight to the swing movement, it’s more related to the fact that I’m not confident that things are going to come out as I want, it’s a completely different stage now.

“It’s not going to change from one day to another but at least I have a little bit more peace in my mind with respect to the technique.”

“It’s a very demanding shot to the green every single time. There are very small places to land the ball, it doesn’t matter if you have a long iron or a short iron it is always tight.I’m pleased with the score.”

After two days in Morocco, the 35-year old Spaniard is 7-under par, one clear of Australian Andrew Dodt, who recorded a co-low round of 68.

South African Erik van Rooyen was one further back at 5 under, a shot clear of Canada’s Austin Connelly and Welshman Bradley Dredge.

Frenchmen Benjamin Hebert (70) and Alexander Levy (69) sit T6 at 3 under, alongside England’s Paul Waring (69) and Swede Joakim Lagergren (73).


TOP 10 LEADERS

1 Alvaro Quiros -7
2 Andrew Dodt -6
3 Erik van Rooyen -5
4 Austin Connelly -4
4 Bradley Dredge -4
6 Benjamin Hebert -3
6 Alexander Levy -3
6 Paul Waring -3
6 Joakim Lagergren -3
10 Six Players Tied -2


VIDEO: SHOT OF THE DAY

Native son Yassine Touhami of Morocco with a walk off chip in.


QUOTABLE

“Well, clearly the day was a completely different day in respect to yesterday, a little more windy. The early tee times are completely different, but in general, I guess the golf course is going to be playing more difficult than yesterday.”
– Alvaro Quiros


Credit: Getty Images, European Tour Media


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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