NEWS Quiros takes flight in Dubai with new RAZR Hawk Driver…and Callaway apparel. Hole-in-one highlights clutch final round and 2nd straight win for RAZR Hawk Driver. With the top three players in the world rankings garnering the bulk of the attention entering this week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Callaway staff pro Alvaro Quiros flew under the radar like a Hawk, one might say. But after three consecutive 68s at Emirates Golf Club led to his fifth European Tour victory, the long-bombing Spaniard won’t be playing fourth fiddle much longer, regardless of who is in the field. After Thomas Bjorn’s win last week in Qatar, this was the 2nd straight win for the new RAZR Hawk Driver. The highlight of the final round was Quiros’ hole-in-one on the par-3, 161-yard 11th hole, which he said was a “three-quarter wedge.” Because who doesn’t hit ¾ wedge shots 160!? “It was the perfect shot,” said the 28-year-old Quiros. “Once a year it happens.” Umm, noooo! Actually, New Year’s Eve happens once a year. Birthdays happen once a year. Hole-in-ones happen about never for most of us. “I have to recognize that the 11th might be one of the more exciting moments in my career,” Quiros added. “It was like the last piece of a happy birthday cake. It gave me the chance to win the tournament.” NOTES Amazingly, Quiros gets even longer off the tee Alvaro’s new, even longer driver leans against his bag before racking up another win. Quiros has somehow improved his ridiculous driving stats this year with the RAZR Hawk Driver in his bag. Here’s a thought: maybe it’s the club. A few telling stats below. With the new RAZR Hawk, Quiros is averaging 12 more yards off the tee in 2011 (317.5) than he did for all of 2010 (305.73). 317.5 is the longest average driving distance of his career.
- This week, he led the field in driving distance again, averaging 310.5 yards.
- His scoring average has improved by more than a stroke in 2011 (69.38) over his 2010 season average (70.62). That’s also the best scoring average of his career.
- He now leads the Race to Dubai and moves to No. 21 in the world rankings, his highest ranking ever.
- This week, he won with the world Nos. 1, 2 and 3 ranked players also in the field.
- His recent results: T23rd in Abu Dhabi, T8th at the Volvo Golf Championship, 2nd last week at Qatar, and 1st this week in Dubai.
What Alvaro had in his bag: RAZR Hawk driver (9.5 degrees) Tour 15-degree X Fairway Wood X Fairway Wood (17 degrees) X Prototype Irons X-Forged Vintage Wedges (52 and 58 degrees) Odyssey Black Series i #1 Putter