Quiros wins national title in a playoff|
Seville, Spain (Sports Network) - Spain's Alvaro Quiros parred the first
playoff hole Sunday to defeat James Morrison and win his national title, the
Open de Espana.
Quiros' victory was his fourth on the European Tour and he has won a title all
four years he's been on tour.
"I think it's one of the most important things in my life for sure," said
For Morrison, this was a chance to join Charl Schwartzel as the only multiple
winners in 2010 on the European Tour. Morrison captured this year's Madeira
Islands Open BPI, but was undone by his approach in the playoff.
"I'm loving every minute of it," said Morrison. "This start is past my
expectations, but you have to believe in yourself."
Both found the fairway off the tee at the par-four 18th at Real Club de Golf
de Sevilla. Morrison hit first, well behind his long-hitting opponent, and
pulled his approach into the water left of the green.
Quiros probably only needed to hit at the center of the putting surface, but
took dead aim at the flag. His approach landed near the pin, but spun to the
left fringe just 12 feet from the hole.
Morrison took his drop and played his fourth 25 feet past the cup. He missed
his bogey putt and that opened the door for Quiros' triumph.
Quiros lagged his birdie try to the hole, then marked before his par putt. He
stroked home the putt to collect his country's national championship.
Quiros shot a final-round, two-under 70 and Morrison fired a five-under 67.
They finished regulation tied at 11-under 277.
Mark Foster, the third-round leader, could have easily been in the playoff on
Sunday, but he missed a three-foot par save on the 18th hole. He shot a two-
over 74 and shared third place with Alejandro Canizares (68) and Raphael
Jacquelin (71) at 10-under 278.
Quiros started well on Sunday with a short birdie putt at the second. He
birdied the fifth and was one back until a bogey at No. 7 dropped him two off
Foster gave a stroke back with a bogey at the 11th and when Quiros got up and
down for birdie at the par-five 13th, the two were tied atop the leaderboard.
Morrison joined the logjam in front with a five-foot birdie putt at the par-
At the par-four 15th, Quiros hit a poor drive and had to play back into the
fairway. His third went over the green and he got down in two for a bogey to
fall one out of first.
Quiros had only a nine-iron into the par-five 16th green. His second came to
rest on the fringe by the water, but he saved birdie to get back into a piece
of the lead.
Foster had six feet to take sole possession of first at the 16th, but missed.
It was his missed par putt at the last that kept him out of the playoff.
In the extra session, it was Quiros who became the first Spaniard since Sergio
Garcia in 2002 to win the Open de Espana.
"To be the winner of your Open is something really, really great -- with The
Ryder Cup and the World Cup it's the best three things in golf for me," said
Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie (67), Paul Waring (66), Nicolas
Colsaerts (70) and Stephen Dodd (71) tied for sixth place at nine-under-par
NOTES: Last year's winner Thomas Levet shot a five-over 77 on Sunday and took
81st place at 10-over 298...Next week, the tour's best will be in the United
States for The Players Championship, while everyone else will be at the BMW
Italian Open in Turin, where Daniel Vancsik won last year.
05/02 12:58:40 ET