Quiros' long game outshines his short game

Alvaro Quiros, of Spain, gestures during a practice round for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Alvaro Quiros, of Spain, gestures during a practice round for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO – His season has been a struggle, though the search for a reason why isn’t much of one.

“My long game has been good,” Alvaro Quiros said. “But my short game, no good.”

As if to prove his point, the 29-year-old Spaniard gave the practice-round crowd at The Olympic Club’s seventh something to cheer about, unleashing a drive that found the green and disappeared into the hole 288 yards away. Since the tee box sits well below the fairway, Quiros never saw his albatross, though from the flight of the ball he knew it was on a good line.

“It was nice,” Quiros said. “It could sound a little ridiculous, but it was an excellent shot and especially because I was playing a match against Gonzalo (Fernandez-Castano) and I beat him thanks to this shot.”

It was Quiros’ second round at The Olympic Club. The day before he also found the green, that time with a 3-wood.

Two days, two massive and accurate hits, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be in such an attack mode come Thursday’s opening round. “It will depend on the weather conditions and pin,” he said. “And also, how I’m playing.”

Quiros flashed a warm smile, because his nature is to sometimes have problems maintaining composure. Excitable, Quiros is a proven winner on the European PGA Tour (six victories), but he’s struggled to establish himself as a formidable force in the majors. He has made just one cut in each of the four majors, out of a total of 13 tries and the Spaniard knows why. “My short game,” he moaned.

When it was suggested that it would come around, Quiros stopped and tossed out his hands.

“When? It’s already June, isn’t it?” he said.

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