Alvaros Antiques Roadshow


AKRON, Ohio – Alvaro Quiros, who vaulted into the hunt with a second-round 65 on Friday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, is BALCO Labs long, even by Tour standards.

He’s pacing the field at Firestone with a 342-yard average and said he didn’t really “get” all of his drives. So he would probably be the last player in favor of an equipment rollback, right? Wrong.

On Monday, the expressive Spaniard found an old persimmon wood driver in barrel on the practice range and took a few swings with it. Although he said he hit the relic much shorter than his modern driver – about the same distance he hits his 5-wood, he said – Quiros liked the idea of using the old clubs in competition.

“I would like everyone (to hit) a persimmon wood driver,” Quiros said. “Sometimes with the new materials it’s difficult to hit a fade or a draw, which makes me a little less comfortable. With persimmon it’s easier, and everybody is going to be shorter than me.”