Born:Jan 21, 1983 in Guadiaro, nr San Roque, Cádiz, Spain.
Original/Home Club:La Cañada GC, Guadiaro.
Turned Pro:2004 (+3.4 hcp)
Played as the Rocco Forte Open (May 18-21; formerly called the Sicilian Open, last played in 2012). Álvaro Quirós (Esp) beat Zander Lombard (RSA) with a par at the second playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Verdura Resort, Sciacca, Sicily; composite of East & West courses, mainly using holes from the West].
Played as the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Feb 10-13; European Tour event). Second-placed Anders Hansen (Den) and James Kingston (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Álvaro Quirós (Esp), who carded an eagle two at the par-4 2nd, and a hole-in-one at the par-3 11th in the final round. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World (Dec 8-11; conclusion of European Tour's season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Second-placed Paul Lawrie (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Álvaro Quirós (Esp). Third-placed Luke Donald finished top of the 2011 Race to Dubai, and became the first ever player to top both the U.S. and European money lists in the same season. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the Open de Espana (Apr 29-May 2). Quirós (Esp) beat James Morrison (Eng) with a par at the first playoff hole. Quirós joined Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia as the third home winner of this event since 1972 (when the European Tour was launched). [Real (Royal) GC, Sevilla, Andalucia].
Played as the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy (Jan 22-25; European Tour event). Second-placed Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) and Henrik Stenson (Swe) finished 3 shots behind Álvaro Quirós (Esp). [Doha GC, Qatar].
Played as the Portugal Masters (Oct 16-19). Second-placed Paul Lawrie (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Alvaro Quirós (Esp), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Algarve].
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 7-10; Sunshine/European Trs event; European Tr 2007 season). Second-placed Charl Schwartzel (RSA) finished 1 shot behind 23-year-old Álvaro Quirós (Esp), who was making his first start as a full member of the Tour. [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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