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Golf Australia Express : Issue 19
ALVARO QUIROS is becoming a Dubai specialist. The 28-year-old Spaniard’s second win in the desert— the latest at the Dubai World Championship—was even more impressive than his Dubai Desert Classic title in February. Europe’s biggest hitter used deft touch to clinch victory with an eagle at the final hole to win by two shots over Scotland’s Paul Lawrie. Quiros shot a final round 5-under 67 and 19-under total for the tournament at Jumeirah Golf Estates. He started the final day two-shots clear of Lawrie and extended the lead to four with a fast start that included birdies at the first three holes. But the British Open champion responded in style with birdies of his own at the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th helping him to a scintillating front nine 5-under 31. And when Quiros bogeyed the 9th, the 42-year-old Scot led going into the back nine with a one-shot lead. But a bogey to Lawrie at the 12th followed by another Quiros birdie at the 14th changed the order once again, with the latter holding onto that lead heading to the last. Quiros took full advantage of his length off the tee, reaching the par-5 green in two to set up the winning putt. The win gave him his sixth European Tour title and a cheque for €922,645. “From the beginning Paul was holing every single putt that he had,” Quiros said. “I was trying to enjoy the moment and fight until the end. At least if you don’t win the title, you’re going to be close, and that’s something positive.” Lawrie who’s had his best season on the European Tour since 2002, was full of praise for his playing partner. “I think anybody would tell you they are disappointed not to win,” he said. “I probably did enough to have a chance coming down 18, and that’s all you can do. Alvaro, he’s got at least 250 yards uphill into the wind on 18 with a 3-wood off a hanging lie. “Any time you make a three off that lie; he’s a worthy winner.” Quiros’ win moved him to the world No. 21 ranking, and importantly, secured him a spot at the 2012 US Masters. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 ALVARO QUIROS SPN -19 € 922,645 2 PAUL LAWRIE SCO -17 € 615,094 3 LUKE DONALD ENG -16 € 359,832 4 PETER HANSON SWE -14 € 276,794 5 CHARL SCHWARTZEL RSA -13 € 221,435 T6 F. MOLINARI ITA -12 € 170,291 T6 LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN RSA -12 € 170,291 T8 SHANE LOWRY IRL -11 € 143,933 T8 ROBERT ROCK ENG -11 € 143,933 10 PABLO LARRAZABAL SPN -10 € 127,325 WRAP THE ALVARO’S DESERT ASSAULT