Spain’s Angel Hidalgo wows home fans with a stunning 63 to share the Andalucia Masters top spot | Golf News
World No 325 Angel Hidalgo, from Spain, had a half-way lead at the Andalusia Masters in Valderrama, sitting on nine; Min Woo Lee of Australia and Adrian Otaegui of Spain are also above 9 under; defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick missed half way
Last Updated: 10/14/22 7:44 pm
Spain’s Angel Hidalgo wowed home fans with a stunning 63 to take part in the lead at the Andalusia Masters in Valderrama.
Hidalgo hit eight birdies, including seven on the nine-hole roundabout, and nearly failed to score another on the final hole, which he would have matched Bernhard’s 28-year-old record. Langer.
The world number 325’s total of nine points below par was compared at the end of the day by compatriot Adrian Otaegui and in-form Australian Min Woo Lee, who finished second here last year and came third in Spanish Open on Sunday.
Lee added 67 to his opening 66, with Otaegui’s score scored in reverse.
“I started the day hitting it badly on range, but I just managed to get the ball into the fairway on the first few holes and started to get more confident,” Hidalgo said.
“I took every shot today and that’s the key.
“When I saw my ball on the fairway on day eight (his penultimate hole) 65 yards to the pin, I thought if I birdie here, I can make a nine birdie and maybe is 61 for the course record.
“But hitting eight is tough and 63 is a dream score and I’m very happy.
“The support from the crowd is amazing. It’s the first time I’ve played with so many followers. I’m a bit nervous at times, but it’s a great feeling.”
The lead trio took a three-shot lead to Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, with Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre and Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez one more shot with five under.
MacIntyre, who won the Italian Open at next year’s Ryder Cup venue last month, played four of his first six holes but dropped two late as he added 70 to the opening 67.
“It’s very solid,” said the left-hander. “I just made a few mistakes there when I was trying to be too flamboyant and trying to make too much of a shot rather than just playing the numbers game.
“The way I play one under is probably not a fair reflection, but I’ll accept it. I feel like I have a lot of opportunities out there in the way I play. I’m controlling it very well right now. and playing iron is the best in a long time.”
Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick missed halfway after hitting a second straight 74 to finish at a tie six, but US Open champion brother Alex made it to the weekend safely .
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