Resurgent Quiros birdies last 4 holes to take lead in Sicily


Resurgent Quiros birdies last 4 holes to take lead in Sicily

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey lies two shots behind leader Alvaro Quiros of Spain at the halfway point of the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily.

After a lengthy period in the golfing doldrums Ormsby continues to display evidence of a game returning to that which has seen him record top five finishes in numerous European, Asian and Australasian Tour events although he has only one win to his name, that coming at the Panasonic Open India in 2013. Worse still, he doesn't have a full European Tour card.

The Waterford man had started on 4-under but carded a 66, with all five of his birdies coming on the front nine, and levelling each of his holes on the back nine.

After winning two big events on the European Tour in 2011, both in Dubai, Quiros was ranked 21st in the world, but has gradually slipped to his current position of 703rd and missed 15 cuts in 23 events last season.

"It's a very nice situation", Quiros said. It's a long time ago since I have been in this situation.

"Sometimes I've been very greedy trying to force myself into a better score when the game wasn't good and today I have to be proud of myself".

A victory at Verdura Golf Club would remedy that and the Spaniard was pleased to reflect on a more mature round.

After an opening 67, Weir started his second round with birdies on the 12th and 16th before running up a triple-bogey seven on the 18th.

South Africa's Zander Lombard is a shot off the pace while European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn is one of six players on six-under 65.

After carding a round of 61 on Thursday in his opening round, he followed that up with a 68 on Day 2 to climb up to 13-under.