Slump means Quiros must handle demons better

Fri May 22, 2015 11:02am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Alvaro Quiros had the golfing world at his feet in 2011 but the big-hitting Spaniard seems a tortured soul these days and it is clear his self belief has been battered by three seasons of toil and pain.

Quiros triumphed six times in a golden spell between 2007 and 2011, the highlight victory coming at the prestigious end-of-season DP World Tour Championship in Dubai four years ago.

He used to interact regularly with the crowd but the frowns have replaced the smiles in recent seasons, hardly surprising given that he has tumbled from 21st to 282nd in the world rankings.

"It's been a very frustrating time," the 6-foot-4 (1.91-metre) Quiros told Reuters in an interview after posting a four-under-par 68 for a two-under total of 142 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday.

"In 2012 I tried to change my swing a little bit to be more consistent. I worked harder than ever but all I could find were bogeys.

"The mistake I made I think were with my expectations. I was expecting to get better at that time in my career, to become more consistent, but instead of enjoying my golf I was suffering because my game was not good," said Quiros.

"Then in October 2012 I had an operation on my wrist. I came back in April 2013 and even when physically speaking I was perfect, the problem was not the surgery, it was that I was still thinking inside my head only of my bad scores."

The bearded Quiros gave a glimpse in Friday's second round at Wentworth of how things used to be, reeling off three birdies in six holes before ramming home a 40-foot eagle putt at the last and celebrating with a wide grin and flamboyant fist pump.   Continued...

Golf - BMW PGA Championship - Virginia Water, Surrey, England - 22/5/15
Spain's Alvaro Quiros in action during the second round
Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers