Manassero’s 64 equals course record in Spain

Italian teenager Matteo Manassero boosted his hopes of

qualifying for the Masters with a 64 that equaled the course record

on opening day of the Andalucian Open.

Manassero birdied his closing two holes for a total of nine

birdies and one bogey Thursday on the undulating Aloha course near

Marbella, Spain.

The 18-year-old had his second-lowest round after recording an

8-under 62 at the 2010 Hong Kong Open.

Manassero said he ”made about 90 percent” of his birdie

chances, which was key.