Thursday, 18 May 2017
Sir Rocco Forte and Alvaro Quiros  (Getty Images)
Sir Rocco Forte and Alvaro Quiros (Getty Images)

Alvaro Quiros is looking to rediscover the spark that made him a six-time European Tour winner at the The Rocco Forte Open - Verdura, Sicily.

The Spaniard fired a closing eight under par 65 at last week's Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort and repeated the trick at the par 71 layout at Verdura Golf Club with a 63 on Thursday - including a hole-in-one.

That represents a stunning return to form for a player who has been in the doldrums the past few seasons after attempting to change his swing in 2012.

Following his victory at the DUBAI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP presented by DP World in 2011, Quiros was 21st in the Official World Golf Ranking but he has since lost his playing privileges, dropping to 703rd, and is now primarily focusing on the Challenge Tour.

The 34 year old cites that downturn in performance to making major changes to his game and is now going back to basics to get back to the top.

"I've been ten years on the European Tour, being one of the main guys from the Tour for a few years, top 50 in the world," he said. "Coming back to the Challenge Tour, there is nothing wrong with it as long as I recall my game.

"The reason why I'm back on the Challenge Tour is because I wasn't good enough, simple as that. Right now I believe the Challenge Tour is the best option to get a nice job done after a year and basically trying to build up a nice swing.

"Back in 2012 I decided to improve my swing, thinking that I should be a little bit more consistent, that I should be a more steady player and it really ruined everything, technically speaking.

"Since then I had a surgery inbetween. I'm still working very hard, harder than ever to be honest and that was probably the most difficult thing to realise. How I'm going to handle working harder and technically in the proper way and I was moving backwards.

"Now we have been trying to come back, not to the old swing, but to fundamentals and little by little try to get a little more confidence in this swing.

We have been trying to come back, not to the old swing, but to fundamentals and little by little try to get a little more confidence in this swing - Alvaro Quiros

"I'm not one the clever guys on Tour. I shouldn't be looking to be more like Edoardo Molinari, a precision guy, somebody who wants to control everything, I'm not like that. That was my mistake."

Quiros' ace - the 16th of the season - came on just his third hole of the day courtesy of a 191-yard seven iron on the 13th.

It was his sixth on the European Tour and he has previous in winning a tournament that included a perfect tee-shot, he made an ace en route to winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2011.

"We are very pleased about it but we were not sure whether we had holed it or not," he said. "Lucky enough to hit a good shot and end in the hole. A three-quarter seven iron, when I saw it I thought 'it needs to come down' but it's perfect.

"I've had six and unfortunately none of them with a car. If I have to complain, I am officially complaining now!"

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-14
2LOMBARD, ZanderRSA18-14
3LI, HaotongCHN18-13
4ANGLES, PepESP18-12
T5FRASER, MarcusAUS18-11
T5SCRIVENER, JasonAUS18-11

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