Hole-in-one secures first Dubai win for Spanish golfer
Time Out Dubai staff
Spain’s Alvaro Quiros hit a hole-in-one as he won golf’s Dubai Desert Classic by a single shot, while Tiger Woods slipped out of contention after a final round that included a double-bogey at the last hole.
The 28-year-old Quiros finished on 11-under-par 277 at the Emirates Golf Club following a final-round 68, with South Africa’s James Kingston and Anders Hansen of Denmark on 10- under. Woods was 3-over today, giving him a four-round total of 4-under.
“It was the perfect shot,” Quiros told reporters of his hole-in-one. “Once a year it happens.”
Woods, seeking his first victory since November 2009, was among several players to fade, with Spain’s Sergio Garcia tying for 20th with the American after also carding a 3-over round. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy dropped to 10th and world No. 1 Lee Westwood of England dropped three shots on the last two holes to finish 15th.
Quiros, who collects a check for €301,353 ($408,500) after claiming his fifth European Tour title, aced the par-3 11th hole on his way to victory.
His last round also included an eagle at the second hole, four birdies, a bogey and a triple bogey as he lost his ball in the branches of a palm tree at the eighth.