MARBELLA, Spain (AP) – Italian teenager Matteo Manassero tied the course record with an 8-under 64 at the Andalucia Open on Thursday, giving him a three-stroke lead and a strong start in his bid to qualify for the Masters.
The 18-year-old's round on the Aloha course in Marbella matched Lee Westwood's second-round score en route to his victory in 2007.
Five players were at 67: Niclas Fasth of Sweden, Eduardo de la Riva of Spain, Henni Otto of South Africa and Englishmen Anthony Wall and European tour rookie Lloyd Kennedy.
Manassero is ranked 63rd and needs to be inside the top 50 by the end of the month to ensure a return to the Masters. He made his Augusta debut in 2010 as the British Amateur champion.