A Quick Round with Alvaro Quiros

By Randall MellMarch 18, 2010, 9:45 pm

PGA Tour pros stop on the range and watch Alvaro Quiros hit balls more than they do just about any other player.

It happened again last week at the WGC-CA Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.

The 27-year-old Spaniard is as much a spectacle as he is a player because he hits it places other pros can’t, like off the rooftop of the Jim McLean Golf Center at the back of the range at Doral, or over the rooftop.

At 6 feet 3, with his long, whiplash of a swing, Quiros led the field in driving distance for the week at Doral, averaging 316 yards per smash, but he’s becoming about more than titanic drives. He’s a three-time European Tour winner who tied for sixth at the WGC-CA Championship, his best finish in a PGA Tour event. He is getting more time in the United States because he has climbed among the top 50 in the world rankings (No. 33 this week), which gets him into majors and World Golf Championships.

Quiros is this week's subject in a Quick Round:

Many of us imagine your swing thoughts must be something like “Kill” or “Decimate” or “Destroy” because you hit the ball so far. Are we close?

No, no, no. I try to be coordinated, to have balance with my swing and the speed.

So you aren’t imagining a missile launch when you waggle over the ball?

No, lately, I’ve been focusing on hitting the ball straight.

Where does your power come from? Is there some sort of hyper-alloy, skeletal-combat chassis beneath your skin?

I have long arms, but what’s important is the coordination and balance with the speed. It’s impossible to hit it long without that.

Is your power a gift, or can normal human beings learn to hit it long?

You can learn. If you are a child, and you practice to swing fast always, the power will come.

I’m guilty of something here and wonder if it annoys you. The focus on your power, does it bother you because it overshadows what a strong player you are becoming? You just tied for sixth at Doral.

I understand. I know people focus on my strength and that’s all, but I think as you become a better player, they start to realize how good you are. So I have to be a better player and people will realize.

What’s the most underrated part of your game?

I’m very skillful around the greens.

What are you working on most right now?

My pace, I play too quickly.

I’ve read where you’re trying to play smarter. There’s been so much focus on young players laying up this year. You hate laying up, don’t you?

Yes, and that’s cost me a lot. If it’s impossible to go for it, I will lay up, but if I know I have even a small chance of getting there, I always go for it. I’m learning.

You were paired with Tom Watson at the Dubai Desert Classic. What did you learn from him?

I learned even if you hit it shorter, you can make a lot of birdies. If I was north, he was south. You could feel how smart he was playing. At the par 5s, he didn’t need to be the closest to the green to make 4s. It’s something I have to learn.

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie says he has his eye on you, that you’re a player he “wants to see mature into a Ryder Cup player.” You are 10th on the European world points list (top four qualify) and 16th on the European points list (top five qualify). How important is making the team for the October matches in Wales?

Yes, it’s on my mind. It would be one of the most important tournaments that I’d play. At the same time, to be honest, it’s so far away. My scores aren’t what they need to be to play the Ryder Cup today.

You’re becoming more recognized in the United States. Do you want to play the PGA Tour?

I would like to establish myself over here. It’s something I have on my mind, but it’s not going to be possible this year because it is a Ryder Cup year. Also, I have to be happy here. To be honest, I feel lonely here. If I’m going to suffer here, it’s not a good thing. I’m very happy around Europe and being around my colleagues and being in the top 50 in the world. The real tests, I know, are world Golf Championships and majors.

What’s hardest about playing in the United States right now?

Missing family, friends, the culture is different. We have different ways, you know.

What do you like about the United States?

People love spectacular things here, they love action.

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By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 7:25 pm

After grinding out a 68 on Friday, Tiger Woods is trying to get the lead all to himself in Round 3 at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him.

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Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

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Iowa State honors Arozamena before football game

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 4:57 pm

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State honored slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones' game against Akron on Saturday.

Iowa State's band used a formation that spelled out Barquin's initials, and both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory.

A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence, and fans were also asked to wear yellow, one of Iowa State's main colors and a nod to Barquin's Spanish roots. Most of the roughly 60,000 fans in attendance complied with yellow and with golf shirts on a chilly morning in central Iowa.

"I think it's fantastic. The tribute is amazing. But ultimately, it would have been perfect if she could have been here for her tribute, which was going to happen anyway." said Ed Hamilton, a retired police officer from nearby Ankeny, Iowa.

Barquin, the Cyclones' first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.

A memorial honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena at Jack Trice Stadium. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

Barquin competed in the U.S Women's Open earlier this summer, and coach Christie Martens said she was approaching "the pinnacle of her career."

"Iowa State fans are very loyal. We haven't had too many winning football teams over the years. Yet the fans turn out. There's a great loyalty here -- but it spills into other sports as well," said Iowa State fan Kent Hollrah of Denison, Iowa.

Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.

Cyclones coach Matt Campbell also wore an Iowa State golf hat on the sideline to show solidarity with his colleagues.

"Be with all of us today Celia, your legacy will forever live on & we are forever grateful for your impact. Much love from your Cyclonitas," Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey tweeted earlier Saturday, using the nickname that Barquin had for her teammates.

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Tiger, Bryson testing each other's golf balls ahead of Paris

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2018, 4:21 pm

ATLANTA – The U.S. Ryder Cup team won’t arrive in Paris for next week’s matches until Monday, but one pairing already seems to be penciled into captain Jim Furyk’s lineup.

Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau have become regular practice-round partners, and when Furyk made both captain’s picks, it added to the notion that they would be paired during the team sessions in France. On Tuesday at East Lake, Woods and DeChambeau teed it up yet again.

Both Woods and DeChambeau play Bridgestone golf balls, although they use different models.

“The two are very similar, they are very numbers-oriented and that translates to their feel on the course, but they get fitted to two different golf balls,” said Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf’s ball-fitting manager.

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Woods plays the company’s Tour B XS, which is softer and spins more, while DeChambeau plays the Tour B X, which is designed to take spin off shots.

Although DeChambeau played a version of the company’s golf ball that was close to what Woods now plays earlier in his career, he appeared to be preparing for a pairing next week during Tuesday’s practice round.

“I’ve seen some chipping of the other’s ball during practice rounds, getting used to it,” Rehberg said. “There’s been some sharing of golf balls internally between those guys. It’s almost like the worst kept secret in golf. It seems they are going to be paired up one way or another.”

The rules for the Ryder Cup were changed in 2006. They allow for foursomes teams to change golf balls between holes but not during a hole, which explains the duo’s interest in becoming comfortable with the other’s golf ball, particularly around the green and for chip shots.