Unsung Spaniard steals show

Published date24 November 2023
Publication titleSports Tab
The world No1162 carded a flawless 8-under-par 63 to take the clubhouse lead at Royal Queensland yesterday, one shot clear of rising Perth star Lee

The 25-year-old played with freedom just days after missing a maiden DP World Tour card by one shot in the final stage of qualifying school. He just missed a long birdie putt on the 18th that would have eclipsed Jed Morgan’s mark set during his romp to the title in early 2022.

‘‘I didn’t know what was the record. We just played our golf,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a crazy day.’’

There were no smiles from defending champion and tournament favourite Cameron Smith (2-over 73), who lamented his inconsistent iron play as he drifted well off the pace.

‘‘It was...

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