Manassero equals course record in Andalucian Open

Italian teenager Matteo Manassero boosted his hopes of

qualifying for next month’s Masters with a 64 that equaled the

course record on Thursday’s opening day of the Andalucian Open.

Manassero birdied his closing two holes for a total of nine

birdies and just one bogey in fine scoring conditions on the

undulating Aloha course near Marbella.

It is the 18-year-old golfer’s second lowest round after

recording an 8 under 62 during the 2010 Hong Kong Open.

The Italian said ”It was a very good round and I played very

solid.” He added that he ”made about 90 percent of my birdie

chances I had and that was the key.”