|Alvaro Quiros is determined to return to Dubai in late November. (Alan Ewens)|
REIGNING CHAMPION ALVARO QUIROS VISITED DUBAI on Sunday and declared himself “100% committed” to defending his crown when the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai is staged on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from 22-25 November. Quiros was at Jumeirah Golf Estates to host a special golf clinic for title sponsor DP World before jetting off to compete in the BMW Masters and the HSBC Champions in China.
Ten months ago, Quiros won the $8 million tournament in stunning style but recent swing changes have seen a slump in the Spaniard’s form meaning he is still not a certainty for the 60-strong field next month.
“It’s been a frustrating year so it’s great to be back at a place which has so many good memories for me,” said Quiros, currently ranked 73 in The European Tour’s Race to Dubai. “I made some changes to my swing because while I knew I had the game to win tournaments, I was looking for more consistency—more top ten finishes—to take me to the next level.
“Unfortunately, it has taken me a long time to bring everything together and the longer it went on the less confidence I had. But it’s slowly coming back and now I just need to be more confident on the course.”
With time running out, Quiros knows he needs two good tournaments if he is to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship and defend his title at the Earth course.
“I’m 100% committed to being back here next month,” he said. “I didn’t know until today that I am the most successful player in the event’s history, which is very special and gives me an extra incentive. I know I have something to fight for.”
Three of the Spanish star’s six European Tour victories have come in the Middle East with wins in the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the DP World Tour Championship.