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In grabbing a share of the first-round lead on Thursday, Alvaro Quiros shaved 10 shots off his previous best round at Augusta.

In grabbing a share of the first-round lead on Thursday, Alvaro Quiros shaved 10 shots off his previous best round at Augusta.

Missing the cut in his last two Masters appearances, the big-hitting Spaniard was delighted to mount a significant late charge playing in the final group of the day.

Quiros picked up four shots in a seven-hole stretch from the seventh to the 13th, and then did well to only make a bogey after driving into the pines and hitting one of them in his first escape shot.

The save kept his round going, and the Dubai Desert Classic champion birdied three of his last four holes to card a 65 and share the lead with Rory McIlroy on seven-under.

“The two previous years, I came to the Masters thinking that I can play well, shoot low, and this was my main mistake,” said Quiros.

“This golf course, it’s too tough. Every single situation has to be measured — the risk, the reward. I was very happy making pars. This is probably why I shoot 65.

“My target on Friday is just to make the cut,” he added. “It would be stupid to think about shooting 65 again because it’s not my way.

“It could be just one good round of golf. So to avoid that, I want to think about the next shot that I’m going to have, which is the tee shot on the first hole.”

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