Spain's Alvaro Quiros wins playoff in Sicily

22 May, 2017, 16:29 | Author: Joy Garcia
  • Alvaro Quiros wins The Rocco Forte Open

Quiros donated shots to create the playoff, but Lombard offered the final gift of the day, and it was enough to decide the outcome.

Quiros' double-bogey at the par-4 16th - which included a penalty drop - enabled Lombard to tie for the lead.

The Canadian recovered from a triple-bogey on the 18th - his eighth hole of the day - to card a second round of 70 at Verdura Golf Club and finish right on the cut mark of five under par.

A 15 under total moved him two clear of the joint first round leaders, Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland and Swede Sebastian Soderberg, who followed their incredible opening 61s with a 68 each. But the highlight of his round was an eagle on the Par 5 9th.

"My game wasn't that bad today but I was just struggling in the wind over the last few holes", Quiros explained.

Lombard said: "I'm very happy with how I kept myself in contention and all the best for Alvaro".

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"(Starting with) eight consecutive pars was a typical situation for me to blow my mind because I'm not shooting low, and today was a big step forward". He's a six-time European Tour victor and a player once pegged as a future European Ryder Cup player.

The final words came from the victor who will try to restart a career that looked so promising in 2010, when his big-hitting delighted fans on both sides of the Atlantic. From a high of 21 in the world in January 2012, Quiros is now 703.

Hoey, 38, is now battling for a full European Tour card having lost his at the start of the season, and if he can keep up this form then he will stand an excellent chance of doing so.

The Spanish player's victory earns him a place in the line-up for next week's PGA Championship at Wentworth. However, he finished 134 on the 2016 money list and lost his playing privileges.

A win this week would help Quiros's comeback, but he's not getting ahead of himself with 36 holes to go. Unfortunately I didn't really like how I ended the round.

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