Posted March 17, 2012 on
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Unheralded Spanish golfer Eduardo De la Riva will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Andalucia Open at Marbella.
De la Riva posted six birdies in a round of 68 for a 12-under-par tally on the Aloha course on Saturday.
He competes on the Spanish regional tour and the Andalucia Open is only his ninth European Tour appearance in four years, with all but one having been contested in his homeland.
A stroke behind were Italian teenager Matteo Manassero (68) and England's Simon Khan (66).
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Italian teenager Matteo Manassero made a brilliant start at the Andalucia Open to his tall task of qualifying for the Masters by tying the course record for a three-shot lead on Thursday.
Manassero carded an 8-under 64 on the Aloha course in Marbella, matching Lee Westwood's second-round score en route to victory in 2007.
Three strokes behind were five players; Niclas Fasth...
Frenchman Julien Quesne equaled the course record with an 8 under 64 to capture his first European Tour success at the Andalucian Open on Sunday.
The 31-year-old birdied four of his closing five holes to finish on a 17-under total of 271 and claim victory by two strokes from Italy's Matteo Manassero (68) on the Aloha course.
His win earned him a check for ?166,660 ($219,590...
Andalucia Open Scores Scores from the Andalucia Open, a ?1 million European Tour tournament played at the par-72, 6,881-yard Aloha Golf Club course:
First Round Matteo Manassero, Italy 32-32-64
Niclas Fasth, Sweden 35-32-67
Eduardo de la Riva, Spain 33-34-67
Henni Otto, South Africa 33-34-67
Anthony Wall, England 32-35-67
Lloyd Kennedy, England 33-34-67