Ross McGowan leads Castello Masters
CATELLON, Spain -- Ross McGowan shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Castello Masters.
The Englishman, ranked No. 543, holed his approach to the par-4 No. 17 for an eagle and made five birdies in a faultless round that left him two strokes ahead of Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti and England's Richard McEvoy.
Castello Masters Leaderboard
1. McGowan (-7)
T-2. McEvoy (-5)
T-2. Zanotti (-5)
4. Seven tied at -4
• Complete scores
"It's nice to be playing well again and up in contention. I'm just trying to play each shot at a time and put up a good result at the end of the week," said McGowan, who carded a 64 to lead the Madrid Masters two weeks ago before falling out of the running.
Hometown favorite Sergio Garcia shot 67, leaving him among a group of players at 4 under that includes Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey, who is making his first appearance since winning the Dunhill Links.
The 31-year-old Garcia, searching for his first European Tour win in almost three years, was 1 over at the turn before sinking five birdies on the back nine.
"It was a slow start, but ... then I got going," he said.
Defending champion Matteo Manassero opened with five straight birdies, but a double-bogey on No. 15 slowed him down and he finished with a 69.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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