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Alvaro Quiros

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/21/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 187

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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. May 21 - 9:59 AM

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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.
May 20 - 1:02 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.
May 19 - 11:47 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.
May 18 - 8:40 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

Alvaro Quiros will peg it up in this week's Nordea Masters and try to arrest another disappointing slump in form.

The Spaniard was fourth at the Dubai Desert Classic back in February but since then has managed just one finish inside the top 50 (T24 at the Shenzhen International). In recent weeks, Quiros really does seem to have lost his way, his last five round scores reading: 79-74-78-77-78. At least he has some positive memories to draw upon from trips to Sweden. The six-time Tour winner (the last of those in 2011) has made the top 30 in this tournament in each of the last three years, with a best of T6 at PGA Sweden National in 2014.
Tue, May 31, 2016 06:53:00 PM

Big-hitting Alvaro Quiros is in need of some consistency after a patchy period ahead of the Volvo China Open.

When he recorded a T4 in Dubai in January, his first top ten finish since June 2014, the Spaniard might have hoped it would lead to an upturn in form, but in reality he missed cuts in Malaysia and Perth, and then finished T56 in Spain. In the circumstances his T24 last week was a better effort but Genzon CC had more space from the tee than this week‘s venue. He has plenty of experience of playing golf in China, with the highlights including T3 in last year’s China Open, T7 in the 2011 Hong Kong Open and two top tens at the HSBC Champions event. Will Topwin Golf & CC be the ideal set-up for the Spaniard? It looks tight in places so maybe not, but he was T12 at halfway last week so there is a touch of form.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 07:00:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros closed in on the leaders at the Shenzhen International thanks to a second round 3-under-par 35-34=69.

The fine effort leaves him on 5-under 139 for the week, with only 4 morning starters ahead of him at the close of a disrupted day of play (no afternoon tee times finished their round). The Spaniard's lofty perch was the consequence of a superb spell either side of the turn which saw him claim 5 birdies in 8 holes from the tee box of No. 6. Bookending that run with bogeys on 5 and 15 marred the card, but he remains in a strong position, albeit 8 shots off the early runaway leader Soomin Lee.
Fri, Apr 22, 2016 06:55:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros grew up near the gates of Valderrama Golf Club and heads back to the former Ryder Cup venue to contest his home Open de Espana.

While he knows the course like the back of his hand, Quiros has struggled there in tournament conditions where the narrow fairways punish his wayward driving. He did close with a 69 to take T34 in the 2008 Volvo Masters but didn't cash in either of the Andalucia Masters it staged in 2010 and 2011. He's also missed the cut on his last two starts (Perth International and Maybank Championship Malaysia) but posted an excellent fourth place in February's Dubai Desrert Classic to show he's still capable of finding some of the form which saw him score six European Tour wins between 2006 and 2011. That includes the 2010 Open de Espana which was held at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 07:33:00 AM

After banking his first top five finish for 22 months, Alvaro Quiros will seek to ride that momentum into this week's Maybank Championship Malaysia.

Quiros closed with a 65 to take T4 in Dubai although that, of course, came on a track where he'd won previously. This week he faces an unfamiliar venue in Royal Selangor although the Spaniard has played well on previous trips to Malaysia. He's made the top 20 in the last two Malaysian Opens and was also in the top 30 in the two before that. Quiros was vastly improved on the greens last week (2nd in Putting Average) so if he can repeat the feat in Malaysia the big-hitting 33-year-old could be one to watch.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 05:54:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros blasted a majestic 7-under-par 32-33=65 for a four round 16-under 272 total that earned him T4 in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

It was a welcome return to form for the likeable Spaniard: not only his first top five finish since April 2014, but his first appearance in the top ten since June of that year. A winner of this event and the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah in 2011, and champion at the 2009 Qatar Masters, we knew he liked desert golf, and maybe this will herald a long term return to that sort of form. He was a six time winner in his first five years on the European Tour, but if he goes winless this term that will be five without a trophy; not a great split. He was bogey-free on Sunday, circling red at 3, 4 and 7 before notching two braces, at 13 and 14, then 17 and 18. He was just 48-for-72 in greens in regulation all week but the putter was hot and needed just 105 swings.
Sun, Feb 7, 2016 09:00:00 AM

Alvaro Quiros cruised his way to a 3-under-par 36-33=69 for a halfway 7-under 137 total that leaves him in contention at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Following on from his first round 68, the 2011 winner of this event maintained his affection for the layout, posting one red number on 13 during his first nine. His back nine featured two braces of birdies - on 3 and 4, then 7 and 8 - in between bogies on 4 and 6 dragged the score back. He needed just 26 putts in round two and has taken a mere 53 all week. His scrambling stats are helping: he's 9-for-12. With the morning wave finished he lies 2 shots off the lead.
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 03:57:00 AM