Hanson joins Quiros out in front

12/4/2011 6:10:45 AM
Peter Hanson   (Getty Images)
Peter Hanson (Getty Images)
Alvaro Quiros overcame a nervous start to his final round to lead alongside Peter Hanson at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

The big-hitting Spaniard started the day one ahead of Ryder Cup star Hanson on ten under par, but leaked his opening drive right behind a tree.

Forced to chip out sideways, the five-time European Tour winner failed to get down in two from the fairway and bogeyed, with his disappointment compounded when he failed to regain the shot at the par five second.

However, the 28 year old did birdie the third from 12 feet to be level par for the day after three holes.

Swede Hanson followed him in from ten feet there, and at one under for the day was tied at the top.

Northern Ireland’s World Number Two Rory McIlroy - needing a top-two finish to keep his Race to Dubai chances alive – splashed his third shot from the bunker to six feet and birdied the second.

At one under through five the 22 year old was two behind in third, alongside Korea’s former US PGA Championship winner Y E Yang.

McIlroy turned in 33 courtesy of a five foot birdie at the ninth, and with Hanson bogeying the fifth and Quiros the sixth it was enough for a share of the lead on nine under.

Quiros went over the back of the seventh green from the tee and while his first chip came up short of the green, his second ran 15 feet past and he double bogeyed.

Meanwhile defending champion Ian Poulter stormed to only one behind when he chipped to within a couple of inches at the par five 12th.