Portugal Masters: Alvaro Quiros relishing prospect of playing on 'home' course
Alvaro Quiros is relishing the prospect of playing at next month's Portugal Masters on what is now his 'home' course.
Last Updated: 18/09/13 5:38pm
The 30-year-old, who originally hails from Cadiz, recently made the move across the border to live full-time in the Algarve and is now a member of the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura - venue for the prestigious Portugal Masters since 2007.
Quiros has been badly hampered by a persistent wrist injury in recent times - a problem that ultimately required surgery at the back end of last year.
Having missed the opening three months of the 2013 European Tour season, the monster-hitting Spaniard is back playing regularly and has shown sporadic signs of the sparkling form that saw him climb as high as 21 in the world rankings back in 2011.
A second round of 64 on his way to a tie for 22nd in Holland last week was the latest hint at the quality that has seen him earn six European Tour victories in his career to date.
One of those wins came in Portugal in 2008 and Quiros is hoping a return to what is now his own back yard can inspire him again next month.
"I live five minutes from Oceanico Victoria," Quiros told the European Tour's official website. "It's always a special tournament and this year it will be even nicer. I've won there before, and that always gives you a good feeling in the back of your mind.
"It was time for a change and I was looking to move to a country similar to Spain. Vilamoura ticks all the boxes. It's a great place and I'm only four hours' drive from home.
"The Portugal Masters is one of the best events we have in Europe. The people are very friendly and always make us feel welcome, the weather is usually very good and the hotel is beautiful - plus you have excellent food there. For me, a golf tournament is not just about the prize money - it's about a good course, nice, friendly people, good weather."
Quiros admits the course at Vilamoura is an ideal fit for him and expects the scoring to go deep once again this year.
"The course suits a lot of players so there will be lots of birdies, as usual," he continued. "It's not that long and the greens are very good and very quick. There will be plenty of birdies for everyone - whether they are a long hitter or shorter hitter."