Álvaro Quirós

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Álvaro Quirós
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Personal information
Full nameÁlvaro Quirós García
Born (1983-01-21) 21 January 1983 (age 36)
San Roque, Cádiz, Spain
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality Spain
ResidenceCádiz, Spain
Turned professional2004
Current tour(s)Challenge Tour
European Tour
Professional wins9
Highest ranking21 (13 February 2011)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour7
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT27: 2011
PGA ChampionshipT24: 2009
U.S. OpenT54: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT11: 2010

Álvaro Quirós García (born 21 January 1983) is a Spanish professional golfer.

Quirós was born in Guadiaro, a borough of San Roque, Cádiz. He turned professional in 2004.

Professional career[edit]

Quirós played on the Challenge Tour in 2006, winning one tournament, and went on to earn his place on the European Tour for the 2007 season by finishing in the top 35 at final qualifying school. He won the first European Tour event he entered as a European Tour card-holder at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, played in South Africa.[2]

Quirós claimed his second European Tour win at the 2008 Portugal Masters, where he finished with birdies at both 17 and 18 on Sunday, to win by three strokes over Paul Lawrie.[3] He ended the season ranked 25th on the final Order of Merit. In January 2009, he won his third European Tour title, at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, which moved him into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time.[4] He ended the season ranked 20th on the inaugural Race to Dubai.

Quirós is noted for his length off the tee, and was the longest driver on the European Tour in 2006, 2007 and 2008, averaging nearly 310 yards.[5]

In May 2010, Quirós won the 2010 Open de España by one shot.[6] He finished the season ranked 14th on the Order of Merit, his best finish to date.

Quirós continued his success in 2011. In February, Quiros won his fifth European Tour title, the Dubai Desert Classic. He defeated James Kingston and Anders Hansen by one stroke to take the title. During the final round, Quiros made a hole in one on the par-three 11th.[7] He also won the season ending Dubai World Championship to finish the season ranked 6th on the Order of Merit. He reached a career high of 21 in the Official World Golf Ranking after each of his two European Tour wins in 2011.

Since 2011 his best performances have been third place in the 2014 Volvo China Open and tied for fourth in the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Quirós showed a return to form by winning the 2017 Rocco Forte Open in Sicily. Quirós had a 5-shot lead after three rounds and extended this by making four birdies in the first six holes of the final round. However, he then dropped six strokes in the last 10 holes to tie with South African Zander Lombard. In the playoff Lombard made a bogey at the second hole to give Quirós his seventh European Tour win. Quirós has started the event with a world ranking of 703.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

  • 2004 Biarritz Cup (France)

Professional wins (9)[edit]

European Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 10 Dec 2006 Alfred Dunhill Championship −13 (74-66-68-67=275) 1 stroke South Africa Charl Schwartzel
2 19 Oct 2008 Portugal Masters −19 (66-68-67-68=269) 3 strokes Scotland Paul Lawrie
3 25 Jan 2009 Commercialbank Qatar Masters −19 (69-67-64-69=269) 3 strokes South Africa Louis Oosthuizen, Sweden Henrik Stenson
4 2 May 2010 Open de España −11 (68-72-67-70=277) Playoff England James Morrison
5 13 Feb 2011 Dubai Desert Classic −11 (73-68-68-68=277) 1 stroke Denmark Anders Hansen, South Africa James Kingston
6 11 Dec 2011 Dubai World Championship −19 (68-64-70-67=269) 2 strokes Scotland Paul Lawrie
7 21 May 2017 Rocco Forte Open −14 (63-64-70-73=270) Playoff South Africa Zander Lombard

European Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2010 Open de España England James Morrison Won with par on first extra hole
2 2017 Rocco Forte Open South Africa Zander Lombard Won with par on second extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 3 Jun 2006 Morson International Pro-Am Challenge −13 (67-68-68-64=267) 4 strokes Wales Mark Pilkington

Other wins (1)[edit]

  • 2006 Seville Open (Spain)

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T27 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T11 CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship T24 CUT CUT CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 2 17 4
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (2011 Masters – 2011 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R64 R64 R64
Cadillac Championship T13 T6 T64 T57
Bridgestone Invitational T15 T39 T53 T43
HSBC Champions T8 T53 T49 T65
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied

Team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 7 2011 Ending 13 Feb 2011" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Spaniard snatches Dunhill crown". BBC Sport. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Quiros storms to Portugal victory". BBC Sport. 19 October 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Quiros clinches victory in Qatar". BBC Sport. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  5. ^ Anthony, Peter (25 January 2009). "Quiros stakes his claim". London: The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Foster wastes three-shot lead as Quiros wins in Spain". BBC Sport. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Alvaro Quiros hole-in-one wins Dubai Desert Classic". BBC Sport. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.

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