Alvaro Quiros hit comfortably the round of the week at the Shenzhen International, a nine under par 63 to reach eight under overall before the frontrunners began their final rounds.
Starting brilliantly with five straight birdies and a front nine of 29, the Spaniard was in contention for the European Tour’s first round of 59. Bogeys on the 12th and last holes were the only blemishes of a round that featured a sensational 11 birdies.
“A 63 in any golf course in the world is a good score,” Quiros reflected.
Quiros, six times a European Tour winner, sat four shots behind leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat and two back from Peter Uihlein, who were yet to tee off when the Spaniard completed his round.
The second most impressive early score of the day came from two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson, whose seven under 65 was jointly the best round of the week before Quiros completed his. Watson’s effort meant he finished on five under overall.
“I wish I would have putted better in the first three rounds,” he said.
“I putted well in the last round. All in all it was a good test. It shows me what I need to work on. It shows me that I can play outside the US, especially today.”