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Alvaro Quiros

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/21/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 187

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An 18th hole birdie allowed Alvaro Quiros to grab the solo 54-hole lead in the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco; his level-par round of 36-36=72 giving him a total of 7-under 209 and a one shot advantage over Mikko Ilonen, Christian Bezuidenhout, Alex Levy and Erik Van Rooyen.
The Spaniard calmly two-putted that 54th hole having lashed two shots to the green of the 575-yard par-5 to smarten up a card that was hard working after the glory of the first two days. He made front nine errors at the first and seventh, making up for them in-between at the third and sixth. Five pars followed before he started the up and down mode again. There were dropped shots at 13 and 16, birdies at 15 and that last hole. He is 4-for-6 with 54-hole leads and 4-for-5 when they are of the solo kind. "It was a little like Russian Roulette," he said afterwards. "I hit many good shots and the ball ran out to funny places because of the pin positions. But they didn't move for me! Everyone else played them." Apr 21 - 12:45 PM

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Alvaro Quiros outpaced five bogeys with seven birdies in a wild ride around Royal Golf Dar Es Salam on day two of the Trophee Hassan II, his eventual 2-under-par 34-36=70 moving him into a one-shot lead over Andrew Dodt on 7-under 137. UPDATE- Quiros kept the lead throughout the day, as did Dodt his solo second.

Quiros had hit 12 of 14 fairways and 16 greens in regulation in an excellent opening 67 which gave him a share of the first-round lead with Bradley Dredge. His second lap today started in topsy-turvy style as he opened birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey. After posting his first par of the day at 16, the Spaniard added another red number at 17 but this time followed it with a circle rather than a square. Quiros made it three birdies on the spin with another gain at 1 but wobbled after that with dropped shots at 4 and 6 taking his bogey tally to five for the round. The rollercoaster continued with another birdie at 7 which put him a shot clear of Dodt and he closed with a pair of pars to complete an eventual day. So far so good for the seven-time European Tour winner, who won last May's Rocco Forte Open, although he'll have to watch that bogey count (six so far) on the weekend.
Apr 20 - 9:42 AM

Alvaro Quiros birdied the final two holes in a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to end round one of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco tied at the top alongside Bradley Dredge.

Afternoon starter Quiros opened up with birdie-3 at the 1st hole and made another push with back-to-back circles at 5 and 6. He posted his next red number at 10 before wiping that out with his only square of the day at 14. But after Dredge had set the new clubhouse lead of 5-under, the Spaniard matched it with a pair of closing gains at 17 and 18. "I have to recognise that it was a great round of golf," he said. "The score is good but I will say that the level that I displayed today from tee to green, it's been unbelievable. I know that five under is a very good score but it looks like it's a little bit short for the game that I have displayed today." Quiros has missed four of his last five cuts and could only finish 145th on last season's Race to Dubai but he showed what he's still capable of by capturing the 2017 Rocco Forte Open in Italy, a result which secured his exemption again. He finished that tournament in a tie for fourth after the opening lap.
Apr 19 - 3:21 PM

Alvaro Quiros conjured a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to lie T4 on the live leaderboard early in the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC in Qatar.

The 2009 winner of this tournament has been in the doldrums since winning the Rocco Forte Open last May, lurching into this week on a run of 2-for-17 and lacking even one top 60 finish. He will also have the spectre of Close House in his mind. There, in the British Masters, he opened with a 64 only to add 76 and miss another weekend. But his course history is strong and he ought to have confidence after a lap which witnessed calm accumulation rather than one burst of activity. On the front nine he ticked 1, 3 and 7. The back nine saw him take advantage of both par-5s (10 and 18) and add more red smack in between at No. 14. He lunched just one back of the clubhouse lead of Eddie Pepperell, Aaron Rai and Gregory Havret.
Feb 22 - 5:03 AM

Alvaro Quiros arrives at Doha GC, a one-time favorite venue, for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters badly in need of encouragement.

Since the Spaniard's victory on this course in 2009 his returns have been diminishing, almost on a perfect descent. The win was followed by a pair of runner-up finishes, a blip of T59 followed in 2012, then T28 and T23 confirmed he was making the weekend without contending, T68 in 2016 really emphasised the point and 2017's missed cut rubber-stamped his falling out with the design. Unfortunately it is all rather reminiscent of what has happened since his win in last May's Rocco Forte Open. He's 2-for-17 with the exceptions only T61 and T62.
Feb 20 - 10:05 AM

Alvaro Quiros returns to a favored region of the world for this week's NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat.

The good news: The Spaniard is 29-for-36 in the Middle East, a log book which includes top tens on four different courses and victories at three (Emirates, Doha and Jumeirah). Since winning the Rocco Forte Open in May, however, he is just 2-for-16 and has a best finish of T61 (in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, perhaps ironically the desert course he has always found toughest to crack). It's a rum state of affairs for such a popular figure, but he simply cannot keep big scores at bay. In that run he has four times topped 80 and the one time he scorched an opening 64 (in the British Masters) he followed up with a 76 to miss the cut. This is, however, the sort of place he might rock up and perform at.
Feb 13 - 7:35 AM

Alvaro Quiros posted the early clubhouse lead of 6-under-par 31-33=64 on day one of the British Masters at Close House in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

The Spaniard collected seven birdies on his morning lap, the only blemish coming via a walk-off birdie at 18. The 64, which has since been matched by Chris Hanson and Mikko Ilonen, started with a birdie at his opening hole before he grabbed three more in the next five holes to hit 4-under. Quiros, who regained his card with a win at the Rocco Forte Open in Italy earlier this year, connected six pars through the middle of his round and added red circles at 13, 16 and 17 before his slip at the last. "I'm very happy. It's a very nice round of golf again," he said. "Portugal last week was a nice week because I had another three good rounds (68-67-77-69 for T62), so this is continuing. I have played well. I have putted probably very nicely, too. I have had a very nice level in all the different stages of my game today."
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 08:44:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros experienced a torrid final day, carding a 2-over-par 33-40=73 to fall back from a five shot lead into a play-off, but he prevailed over Zander Lombard and claimed The Rocco Forte Open at Verdura GC on a 72-hole total of 14-under 270.

The exhausted winner took the honors at the second extra hole when Lombard three-putted for bogey. Earlier Quiros, who began the day with that five shot headstart, had extended it to seven after six holes thanks to birdies at 2, 4, 5 and 6. But he made bogey-5 at 8, failed to birdie the par-5 9th and added another bogey-5 at 10. Lombard was making ground and with four holes to play the Spaniard’s advantage was only two. Both players made bogey at 15 and 17, but crucially Quiros, who spent the last 12 holes missing fairways both right and left, made a double bogey-6 at 16 after finding a bush from the teebox. He got up and down in some style from a back bunker on 18 to force the play-off, escaping a plug and holing from 10’0", before taking the title on the 74th hole of the week. "A bit of a mess," he said afterwards. "It shouldn't really happen like that." With the win he regains the card he lost last year.
Sun, May 21, 2017 09:59:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros made a magnificent final hole par to retain a five-shot lead heading into the final day of the Rocco Forte Open, completing a third round of 1-under-par 36-34=70 to hit the 54-hole mark on 16-under 197 with Zander Lombard his nearest challenger on 11-under.

If Saturday is moving day, on this day it was because of the wind, which buffeted the course and the field at Verdura GC, causing havoc for some and threatening Quiros' control of the tournament on the front nine. Indeed, although he made early red at 1 and 4, he added blue numbers at 3, 5 and 6 allowing Lombard to briefly overtake him. But he responded in style, making birdie at 9 and then adding two more at 12 and 14 as the South African fell back. A bogey at 15 hurt, but others were making a mess of the closing holes so he played the 18th with that five-shot lead. However he found sand from the tee, cleared the green by 60 yards with his approach, but then hit his third from the cart path, preferring not to take a drop, lobbing it over a TV tower to four feet and converting the par. He'll chase a seventh European Tour victory, and career redemption, on Sunday.
Sat, May 20, 2017 01:02:00 PM

Alvaro Quiros closed with four straight birdies to shoot a superb second round 6-under-par 34-30=64 in The Rocco Forte Open at Verdura GC, gaining a two-shot 36-hole lead on 15-under 128.

The Spaniard began the day in becalmed fashioned, adding eight pars to his first round 63 before he burst into life around the turn, making eagle and birdie at the par-5 ninth and 12th holes. As he neared the clubhouse he looked ready to track the leaders at the weekend; instead he will lead them out on Saturday afternoon thank to a burst of red at 15, 16, 17 and 18; one two and three fours. It took him two clear of Michael Hoey and Sebastian Soderberg. The 34-year-old is chasing his first win since the end of 2011, that year's DP World Tour Championship, which is when he last held the solo lead at halfway. He had a share of the 2016 Nordea Masters, before finishing T6.
Fri, May 19, 2017 11:47:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros aced the 13th hole on the way to an 8-under-par 31-32=63 in round one of The Rocco Forte Open in Sicily, good enough for solo second in the clubhouse.

That's two swings behind Sebastian Soderberg on a morning where birdies and eagles were flying everywhere at the coastal track in Sicily. Beginning his day at 11 (this course is a composite of two nine-hole links-style tracks), Quiros started sedately with a pair of pars. But at the 191-yard 13th he drained his seven iron to register the 16th hole-in-one of the season. He dropped a shot immediately afterwards but then painted his card with red numbers after that. The Spaniard, who closed with a 65 in Portugal last week (his best finish of the season), ticked 15 and 17 and made further gains at 1 and 2. He made a final closing surge by connecting circles at 8, 9 and 10 to land just two off the lead.
Thu, May 18, 2017 08:40:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros will hope to break fast from the gates when he tees it up in this week's British Masters at The Grove.

The Spaniard's habit for shooting poor opening rounds hit new heights in last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship when he started with an 80. Two 70s to follow were okay but the damage had been done and it led to a fifth straight failure to cash. The one time Quiros has broken 70 in round one he turned his Thursday 68 into T4 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. That remains his only top 20 in 21 starts this season and explains why he's down at 133rd on the Race to Dubai. He also missed the cut in this event 12 months ago when it was held at Woburn. It's hard to make a case for him but at least he should be able to bomb it off the tee on a course which has some room.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 04:49:00 PM

There may be a glimmer of light for Alvaro Quiros as he readies for another crack at the KLM Open in the Netherlands.

Although his poor season continued with a missed cut in last week's Omega European Masters, a second-round 66 (it followed an opening 78) was his lowest 18 since February when he closed with a 65 to post T4 in the Dubai Desert Classic. That finish stands out like a sore thumb when looking at his 2016 results and accounts for two-thirds of his Race to Dubai earnings this season. The big-hitting Spaniard is 3-for-4 at the KLM Open although this week's course, The Dutch, is a new one and the early reports that it could reward accuracy suggests it's not an ideal fit but we'll see.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 03:56:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros has been drawn against England's James Morrison in the first round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Golf Links.

Quiros has plenty of experience in this format, taking part in this event last year (lost in R1), the Royal Trophy, Volvo World Match Play, WGC-Match Play and Seve Trophy. His overall record is a losing one though, with five wins against eight losses and two halves. The Spaniard's recent strokeplay form is underwhelming too with four missed cuts and T30 in his last five starts. His last-64 clash tees off at 08:20 local time Thursday.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Alvaro Quiros splashed seven birdies in a third-round 4-under-par 36-32=68 at the Nordea Masters on Saturday and surged 21 spots up the leaderboard to T5.

That's more like it. Quiros has been wild over the last few months with a T24 at April's Shenzhen International his only top 50 since February. The mistakes won't go away and he swallowed bogeys today at 2, 7 and 16. But he circled red at 3, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17 and 18 to land at 7-under 209. The good news is that it puts him T5; the bad news is that it's still eight shots behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick, who also posted a 68 in round three. Quiros hit 11 greens in regulation today but the key this week has been his putter and for the second round running he needed just 26 swishes of the flatstick. He was T6 in this event at PGA Sweden National two years ago.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 01:11:00 PM