The Netherlands’ Joost Luiten leads the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation thanks to an albatross on No. 11 Friday.
He has a one-stroke lead over England’s Robert Rock, Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and tournament sponsor Garcia.
Doing well at Valderrama is old hat for Luiten, who finished second last year at the Real Club Valderrama Open de Espana.
“I’m happy with the way I played,” he said. “I finished second, I like this place. Hopefully we can have a good weekend and we can win here but there’s a lot of golf to be played and we just need to focus on tomorrow and have another good round.
The albatross was huge on a day where Luiten otherwise had two birdies and three bogeys. He’s currently 54th in the Race to Dubai standings, so a top finish here.
Jamieson had the best round of the contenders, knocking down five birdies between holes 5 and 16 and finishing with a 3-under 68.
” Coming into this week I knew I needed a good one to try and get into the final few events – I’m touch and go for the first one in Turkey as it stands – so hopefully a strong weekend and that’ll take care of it,” Jamieson said.