It's Seven Up at the Portugal Masters. October 10 2013

There are seven players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Portugal Masters on the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course. Alvaro Quiros   (Getty Images) Alvaro Quiros / Getty Images Alvaro, who now lives in Portugal, recovered from two early bogeys at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course to storm home in 29 strokes and share the lead at the Portugal Masters with a  -6 under par 65 opening round.  Felipe Aguilar, Jamie Donaldson, David Lynn, Max Kieffer, Graeme Storm and Simon Thornton also carded -6 under par 65's. Spaniard Alvaro won every year on The European Tour from 2006-2011, including this event in 2008. He then underwent surgery for a wrist problem, and has missed five months of golf. Alvaro is one of the game’s longest hitters, and said it was a good recovery from his poor start; “It was a good fight after being two over after five holes, I was putting beautifully and that was the key. This is my second home tournament and now that I’m living here I have to consider Portugal home. It’s always good, this event has been special since I’ve been coming here.”  Of the seven players at the top only Max Kieffer had a bogey free round, and he also managed to throw in an Eagle as well, at the par 5 twelfth hole. Max is  in contention for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award, and reported he had played well again; " It was a good round today, it was good fun, I played really good. I had so many shots close and there were a lot of good putts that didn’t go in. I’m surprised nobody shot really low.”  Seve Trophy  team-mates Jaime Donaldson and David Lynn swiftly banished any disappointment from Great Britain & Ireland’s 15-13 points loss to Continental Europe. Jamie had got to -7 under par before three-putting the eighth, for his only bogey of the day, “It was good playing under tough competitive conditions so it’s nice to play well and just bring it on to this week. Those team events were fantastic, we had great fun all week."  David managed to pick up three shots over his last five holes. He talked about the Seve Trophy, team games, ailments and the need to improve in The Race To Dubai; " I keep taking medication but a 65 cures any ailments, if I don’t pull my finger out this week I’m not going to make The Race to Dubai.” Irishman Simon Thornton, who won earlier this year at Saint Omer, said he had played lovely; “I played lovely, it’s always nice to get off to a good start, I hit it straight off the tee and had lots of chances. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing much more consistently.” In a tightly packed leaderboard there are then nine players tied at -5 under par, it looks like this is going to be a fiercely contested tournament.