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Quiros feeling at home on Victoria course

Local man makes promising start

Pre-tournament 14-1 favourite Thomas Pieters made a slow start
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Second round
Sky Sports Golf, 11.30am Friday

George Coetzee pinged the lids in the first round of the Portugal Masters, the newly slimline South African carding six birdies in his opening eight holes on his way to a seven-under-par 64.

That was enough to claim a share of the lead, alongside flying Dutchman Joost Luiten. Coetzee was slashed from 33-1 to 7-1 favourite for victory at a course where he usually excels.

Luiten, a best-price 45-1 at the outset, missed the cut in his national Open last week, but will have been thrilled with his bogey-free opening round at the Dom Pedro Victoria track.

Thomas Pieters, Andy Sullivan and Thorbjorn Olesen were among the ante-post market principals, but all three made a quiet start. Pieters and Olesen both fired a 69, while Sullivan needed one shot more, the Englishman's poor run of form continuing.

Alvaro Quiros lives by this venue and the local man made a solid start yesterday with a 68, the only blemish on his scorecard coming at the 17th hole.

Quiros, the 2008 Portugal Masters champion, can make use of his intimate course knowledge by winning his second-round threeball against Paul Lawrie and Matt Wallace for the second consecutive day (1.20pm).

A Quiros to win threeball
1pt 11-5 Coral, Ladbrokes

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Sullivan needed one shot more, the Englishman's poor run of form continuing
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