Alvaro Quiros, Europe's most powerful and longest hitting golfer, is heading to the Royal Trophy. The Spaniard has been named by European Captain Colin Montgomerie for the European challenge against Asia in the fourth edition of the continental series of Matches to take place on 8-10 January 2010 in Chonburi, Thailand.
The nomination of the six feet three inches tall Quiros follows Captain Montgomerie's previous identification of the three-time European Tour title winner as one of the exciting band of European rookies who could help him recapture the Ryder Cup from the Americans next October at the Celtic Manor in Wales. Another one of them, German Martin Kaymer, has already been named for the European Team for the Royal Trophy in what continues to evolve into an imposing European line-up - which also features super Swedes Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson and Monty himself.
Current European Ryder Cup Captain Montgomerie, clearly relishing his unique dual role as Captain and player for the Royal Trophy Matches, was full of enthusiasm at the latest addition to his European Team. The eight-time European Order of Merit winner Scotsman said: "The Royal Trophy provides an excellent opportunity for me to spend time with some key players who are likely to be with me at Celtic Manor in October for the Ryder Cup."
One thing is certain - lovers of explosive golf are in for a fantastic treat when Quiros takes aim from the tee on his Royal Trophy debut in two months' time. The Spanish golfer is widely recognized as the biggest hitter in the game.
Even world number one Tiger Woods was in no mood to argue when he was playing in the group ahead of Quiros at the US PGA Championship in August. Woods stood over a putt on the 606 yards 11th hole at Hazeltine - a par five playing into the teeth of a strong wind - and was startled to see another ball roll onto the green.
When he looked back down the fairway he could see a worried-looking Quiros racing up to apologize for snapping his concentration by blasting his ball onto the green with his second shot. But Woods was not angry - just hugely impressed. He said: "Alvaro rushed over and said he was sorry - but I told him there was nothing to apologize for. That was one incredible shot. It was just stupid long, averaging 300 yards into the wind. That is almost unbelievable."
Woods is not exactly short off the tee himself. But twenty-six year-old Quiros has definitely pushed the bar up since he burst onto the professional scene two years ago. He is leading the European driving distance category for the third year in a row, and at Hazeltine he was consistently at least five yards longer than America's biggest hitter, J.B. Holmes.
But Quiros is more than just a fearsome 'power merchant'. He showed a solid temperament when he won his first big title, the prestigious Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, in his first tournament after becoming a fully-fledged member of the European Tour in 2007.
He followed up by claiming the Portuguese Masters title last year, beating Karlsson - who was on his way to topping the European Order of Merit - and former Open champion and Royal Trophy player Paul Lawrie in a three man play-off.
Another big win followed at the Qatar Masters this year where he prevailed over the strongest field ever assembled at a regular European Tour event, and he almost added to his haul when finishing runner-up in the European Open a few months later.
The swashbuckling Quiros said: "It is a tremendous honour to be part of such a powerful European Team - and to be playing in a competition so closely associated with a true golfing legend as Seve Ballesteros."
"Seve is an inspiration, not just to the Spanish people but to millions of people throughout the world. I feel so grateful to be given this opportunity;" stated the handsome Guadiaro native who has been ranked inside the world's top thirty players.
"The European loss to Asia last time has not gone unnoticed and it is most definitely not an experience we want to repeat. I am fully committed to use my best efforts to play solid golf and compete very hard to regain the Royal Trophy for our Continent;" added the man who averages an astonishing 314.78 yards of the tees.
"I am very much looking forward to playing for our European Captain Colin Montgomerie;" concluded the winner of five career professional titles.
Asian Team Captain Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki has already announced seven of the eight players to represent the three-billion people Continent in its defense of the Royal Trophy - Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and Yuta Ikeda, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng, Korea's Charlie Wi, India's Jeev Milkha Singh and China's top player Liang Wen-chong.
The fourth edition of the Royal Trophy will take place on 8-10 January 2010 at the exclusive Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand - a 45 and 30 mnute drive from the Bangkok metropolis and the seaside resort city of Pattaya respectively. The Championship will feature a series of sixteen matches including the foursomes, four-ball and singles formats. The Principal Award for the winning Continent is stewardship of the perpetual solid-silver sixteen-kilogram Trophy, graciously donated by the world's longest reigning Monarch - His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Tickets for the Royal Trophy are available at Total Reservation. Please call +662-833-5555 or visit www.totalreservation.com for more information.
The Royal Trophy Media Release