Quiros out 5-6 months after wrist surgery

Alvaro Quiros will be sidelined 5 to 6 months after wrist surgery.

Alvaro Quiros will be sidelined 5 to 6 months after wrist surgery.

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Alvaro Quiros greeted well-wishers with a shake of his left hand. He had good reason for this unconventional embrace. The Spaniard’s right hand was wrapped in a cast that stretched nearly to his elbow after undergoing surgery on Nov. 20 to repair a damaged wrist ligament. He said he expects to be sidelined 5 to 6 months.

Quiros, who has been a Callaway ambassador for three years, was in Orlando on Wednesday for the company’s TV, print and digital media shoot. "The Sultan of Swat" wore a sweater to disguise the cast, but he was unable to produce the whipsaw swing that generates his tape-measure blasts.

Quiros said he suffered the injury in October hitting range balls at the Portugal Masters, which he won in 2008. He played the event anyway and missed the cut. He also competed in the BMW Masters and WGC-HSBC Champions. His doctor advised surgery, warning him that he would be running the risk of more serious damage – and time off – if the ligament were further damaged. A year ago, Quiros won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. This year, he failed to qualify for the European Tour’s season finale. Instead, Quiros was under the knife for a couple of hours.

“I was like drunk all over,” he said, flashing a wide smile.

It was a difficult season for Quiros, who dropped out of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

“I completely lost the confidence in my game,” he said.

The surgery also postponed his plans to meet with instructor Butch Harmon, at the suggestion of fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal. Instead, Quiros was expected to head home and have the cast and stitches removed next Wednesday. If all went well, he should find out when he can begin his rehabilitation. In the meantime, Quiros said he has come to grips with the fact his world ranking will continue to slip.

“I’m going to need to play very well to come back into the majors," he said. "I’m going to lose at minimum two WGC events, the Masters. If I’m able to play Wentworth in May, I might be able to get back into the top 100 and qualify for the PGA. But it might take a year to get back into the big events.”

This is not the first time Quiros has needed wrist surgery. According to his website, he damaged tendons and ligaments in his left wrist and was out from May to October in 2007.

Quiros turns 30 in January. He said he plans to recuperate in his hometown not far from Valderrama Golf Club in the province of Cadiz, Spain, where he grew up.

“I will be a normal guy,” he said. “It’s good to have time to be at home. My wish is to come back 100 percent and feel satisfied that I can give it my all. I feel like something has been stopping me from being even better than I am. Hopefully this will give me the time to fix that problem.”

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