Spain star Angel Hidalgo wows home fans with a stunning 63 in Andalusia

Spaniard Angel Hidalgo wowed home fans with a stunning 63 to secure part of the half-time lead at the Andalucia Masters in Valderrama.

Hidalgo carded eight birdies, including seven on a nine-hole stretch around the corner, and narrowly missed his last hole on another chip that would level him with Bernhard Langer’s 28-year course record.

The world number 325 total of nine under par. was leveled late in the day by compatriot Adrian Otaegui and in-form Australia’s Min Woo Lee, who finished second here last year and third at the Spanish Open on Sunday.

Lee added a 67 to his opening 66, while Otaegui’s scores were reversed.

“I started the day hitting so badly on the range, but I was just trying to get the ball into the fairway on the first few holes and was starting to gain some confidence,” Hidalgo said. “I made every putt today and that was the key.

“When I saw my ball on the fairway on the eighth (his penultimate hole) 65 yards from the pin, I figured if I birdie here I can birdie a nine and maybe a 61 for the course record.

“But the putt on eight was so hard and a 63 is a dream score and I’m so happy.

“The support from the crowd was incredible. It’s the first time I play with so many people following me. I was a bit nervous sometimes, but it was a great feeling.”

The leading trio enjoyed a three-stroke lead over Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, while Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre and Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez were another five down.

MacIntyre, who won the Italian Open last month at next year’s Ryder Cup, shagged four of his first six holes but dropped two late shots as he added a 70 to his first 67.

“It was solid,” said the left-hander. “I just made a couple of mistakes there late trying to be too outlandish and get too much out of a shot instead of just going by the numbers game.

“The way I played one under is probably not a fair reflection, but I’ll take it. I feel like I have a lot of chances out there the way I play. Right now I’m riding well and my iron game is the best it’s been in a long time.”

Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick missed the halfway cut after carding a second straight 74 to finish six over par, but the US Open champion’s younger brother Alex made it safely into the weekend at eye level. Spain star Angel Hidalgo wows home fans with a stunning 63 in Andalusia

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