Andalucía born-and-bred Álvaro Quirós makes a return visit to the Volvo World Match Play Championship, at Finca Cortesín, having made his debut in the world’s most enduring version of golf’s classic match play championship following a promising debut last year.
The Spanish star, a son of the Andalucían city of Cádiz made it through to the quarter-finals last year, losing out to 2010 US PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer, and is keen to get back into the winner’s enclosure following dual victories in Dubai at either end of last season.
The 29-year-old will be looking for a first match play victory at Finca Cortesín and a seventh in all on the European Tour; one of the biggest hitters in the game – he topped the Genworth Driving Distance statistics in 2007, 2008, 2009 and again last year - averaging a prodigious 314.4-yards (Approx. 287.5m) off the tee.
The man from Cádiz on the western side of Andalucía, who has already won on ‘home’ soil, at the 2010 Open de España has made an uncharacteristically slow start to his 2012 campaign. Victory in his own back-yard would give his chances of making a Ryder Cup debut as part of his compatriot José Maria Olazábal’s Team Europe to take on the USA at Medinah Country Club in September.
Álvaro Quirós qualified for the 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championship through his final position on the 2011 Race to Dubai Ranking.