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Alvaro Quiros pressing Ryder Cup case
February 16, 2010

Spaniard Alvaro Quiros’s consistent displays in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai have caught the attention of European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie.

Quiros, 27, who is among golf’s longest hitters, again showed he could mix it with the best on the European Tour as he finished second in Qatar, tied sixth in Dubai and tied 11th in Abu Dhabi.

“He didn’t win but he was a common denominator on the leaderboards of all three tournaments (this year),” said Montgomerie in his captain’s blog on the tour’s website on Monday.

“There was strong European representation…and his form in the Gulf is exactly the sort of consistency I am looking for.”

Montgomerie, who will attempt to wrest the Ryder Cup back from the U.S. holders at the Celtic Manor course in Wales in October, is hoping world number 30 Quiros will make his debut in the biennial team event.

“He is someone I want to see mature into a Ryder Cup player and I have to say that every time I see him play he is doing just that,” said Europe’s skipper.

Montgomerie also mentioned the good performances by Qatar Masters winner Robert Karlsson, Dubai Desert Classic champion Miguel Angel Jimenez and Abu Dhabi winner Martin Kaymer and was encouraged by Luke Donald’s return to form in the United States.

Briton Donald shrugged off a year of nagging pain from his surgically repaired wrist to finish second at the Northern Trust Open in California two weeks ago.

“It was great to see Luke finish second behind (American) Steve Stricker,” said Montgomerie. “See, it’s not just in Europe that I am watching.”

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