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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 Dubai World Championship

Winner: Alvaro Quiros

Around the wider world of golf: Yani Tseng grabbed her 12th worldwide win in 2011 (her 12th, people!) at the Swinging Skirts TLPGA Invitational; Caroline Hedwall won the Hero Women's Indian Open on the LET; and the team of Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele became the first rookies to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout, aka the Shark Shootout.

Quiros grabs 2nd Dubai win of 2011

I wrote about Luke Donald's achievements yesterday so I could focus on Quiros today. And he certainly deserves more attention than he's gotten.

The big 6'3" Spaniard has quietly had a very successful 2011, with 2 wins, 2 more Top5s, and yet 2 more Top10s. He finished #6 in the Race to Dubai, picking up an extra € 332k+ bonus for a grand total of € 2,259,242. That's just over $3 million in American dollars. And if that wasn't enough, he jumped all the way up to #21 in the OWGR -- just above Tiger Woods -- just in time to grab a spot at the 2012 Masters.

That's a pretty successful year in my book!

And he won this tournament in style. After Luke Donald birdied the last 3 holes to post at -16 (and ultimately finish 3rd) but before playing partner Paul Lawrie put himself in position to birdie the 18th (finishing 2nd at -17), all Quiros did was successfully take on the winding water hazard surrounding the par-5 18th and sink the long difficult putt for an eagle, putting him 2 clear at -19. He hits the ball well over 310 yards off the tee and has some nice touch around the greens. The guy's definitely got style...

And a huge contagious smile. After a poor finish on Saturday, Quiros cheerfully told the media that things don't always go the way you'd like but he was still in the lead -- right where he wanted to be. Perspective like that certainly makes Alvaro Quiros someone you can root for.

At almost 29 years old and after just 4 years on Tour, Quiros has 6 wins on the European Tour... but it's only a matter of time before that number goes up and he adds some wins around the world, maybe even some majors. So today's Limerick Summary salutes the big bomber and his plan for Tour domination:
Let's glimpse at the mind of Al Quiros:
"I know how we'll teach them to fear us!
We'll hit it great lengths,
Then play to our strengths
And smile as they fail to get near us!"
The photo came from this page at europeantour.com.

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