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Quiros Leads Spanish Open Golf

April 29, 2000

GIRONA, Spain (AP) _ Juan Quiros, at 44 on the verge of taking a club job, had a single-stroke lead at the halfway point in the Spanish Open Saturday.

England’s Gary Evans shot a 67, the lowest round of a breezy day.

Colin Montgomerie, who played very well from tee-to-green was tied for third with New Zealand’s Stephen Scahill. Montgomerie needed 33 putts and finished with a 71 after shooting a 67 in the opening round. He’s two shots behind Quiros.

Montgomerie came here looking for his lost touch on the greens. But his fragile short game came back to haunt him Saturday.

``It was the same old problem. I just couldn’t get it in from six, seven, five, four, fee,″ said Montgomerie, who converted only four of 13 puts from 12 feet or less.

Spain’s golfing elite faltered Saturday with Sergio Garcia shooting 74 to finish on 144, Jose Maria Olazabal having a 76 to finish one-over at 145, and Severiano Ballesteros missing his fifth successive cut this year with 75 for 150.

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