Sunday, 13 February 2011

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Spain's Quiros wins Dubai Desert Classic golf

City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of CapitalismAFP: Spain's Quiros wins Dubai Desert Classic golf: "Spain's Alvaro Quiros rode a roller-coaster of a round to win the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.
The 28-year-old bomber from Cadiz clinched the biggest win of his career after an eagle-two at the second, a triple-bogey seven at the eighth, and, above all else, a hole-in-one at the 11th.
He came in with a four-under 68 and an 11-under total of 277 which gave him a one-stroke win over Dane Anders Hansen (70) and James Kingston of South Africa (67).
The win followed his second place finish behind Thomas Bjorn in Qatar last week and hoists Quiros into the lead in the European Tour's Race to Dubai. He will also move up to 21st in the world rankings, the highest of his career.
'The start was perfect with the eagle on two, but I was shaken after the eighth,' he said.
'I was lucky with some putts around the turn and then a three-quarters wedge on the 11th - it was a perfect shot - once a year it happens.'
Quiros started the day alongside Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia in a seven way tie for fourth place one stroke behind joint leaders Rory McIlroy, Thomas Aiken and Hansen.
But on the back of the eagle at the second, he grabbed the lead and was three strokes clear of the field after five holes."

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