Alvaro Quiros continue de briller à mi-tournoi du Rocco Forte Open - Verdura Sicile. Il pourrait placer de précieux jalons pour retrouver des droits de jeu sur le Tour.
Une victoire cette semaine serait évidemment la réponse parfaite à deux premiers tours joués en 63 et 64 pour un total de -15. Il devance Michael Hoey et Sebastien Sodeberg de 2 coups.
S'il l'on ajoute son dernier tour joué avant le tournoi, l'Espagnol pointe à -23, cela donne un peu une idée de la qualité du jeu produit récemment. Il a réussi à revenir aux fondamentaux de son jeu lui qui a six victoires sur l'European Tour à son actif.
Je suis fier de ce que j'ai fait aujourd'hui. Faire 8 pars de suite est typiquement ce qui aurait pu me faire dégoupiller auparavant - Alvaro Quiros
Hoey went birdie-bogey on the second and third but then rattled off gains on the fifth, seventh and ninth to turn in 33. Another birdie on the 11th then helped leave him 14 under and he and Lombard were four shots clear of the field.
A bogey on the 14th stalled his progress but he picked the shot back up on the 17th before missing the green and finishing with a dropped shot.
Soderberg started from the 11th and birdied the 12th, 14th and 17th before finding the hazard on the fourth to surrender a first bogey of the week. A bounceback birdie on the sixth then left him well in contention in just his 15th start.
Lombard had made birdies in bunches on day one and was at it again, claiming a hat-trick from the third and then adding another on the seventh before a fifth gain of the day on the tenth saw him share the lead.
Bogeys on the 13th and last - which was playing as the toughest hole on the course - then dropped him back.
Starting on the 11th, Horsey birdied the 17th but really came to life from the first with some dialled-in iron play helping secure birdies on the first, second, fourth, eighth and tenth to go with a first bogey of the week on the fifth.
Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin equalled the lowest round of the day with a 62 that started with five birdies. He dropped a shot on the sixth but then made further gains on the ninth, 11th, 12th, 14th and 16th.
England's Mark Foster was also 11 under as he stayed bogey-free for the week in his 64, while Portuguese José-Filipe Lima had a bogey on his last hole to go with an eagle and three birdies.
South African Haydn Porteous made two eagles in his round of 64 to sit alongside countryman Jbe Kruger, Australian duo Marcus Fraser and Wade Ormsby, Swede Johan Carlsson, German Sebastian Heisele, Norway's Erik Tage Johansen and China's Li Haotong at ten under.