Red-hot Quiros wins in desert
Spain's Alvaro Quiros beats Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen to Qatar Masters.
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2009 05:51 GMT

Desert hat: Quiros clinches the Masters [AFP]
Spain's Alvaro Quiros won the European PGA Tour's Qatar Masters by three shots ahead of Sweden's Henrik Stenson and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.

Quiros fired a three-under 69 in the final round for an aggregate score of 19-under 269.

Stenson and Oosthuizen shared second place on 272.

The Swede hit a final-round 68 while Oosthuizen had a 71.

"It wasn't a perfect day. I took time to get going. It is a surprise to win here," said Quiros, who earned $406,740 for the victory.

"I think it is easy to smile when you are winning but I will keep smiling wherever I go and play. Now I will be, maybe, in the top 30.

"That is important for me. It is important for me to play big tournaments."

Quiros, who won the Portugal Masters last year, dropped shots on the second, sixth and eighth holes, but birdies on the fifth and ninth helped him to score an outward 37.

More birdies on the 10th, 12th, 16th and 17th helped him to regain the lead from Stenson, who had eagled the 548-yard, par-five tenth to hit the front.

"Last year was pretty bad for me. I had some injuries but now everything is okay," added Quiros.

Swedish eagle

Stenson, joint third overnight four shots adrift of Quiros, picked up birdies on the third and sixth, then added his eagle to put pressure on Quiros.

Oosthuizen dropped shots on the first and 12th but three birdies gave him a one-under 71.

Ireland's Damien McGrane, who also eagled the tenth, played a solid round to return a card of five-under 67 for an aggregate of 13-under 275 and finish fourth, one ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Dutchman Maarten Lafeber.

Scotland's Andrew Coltart, winner of the inaugural title in 1998, was on 277, tied with four others for the seventh spot.

Last year's winner Adam Scott of Australia finished on eight-under 280, sharing 21st place with five others.

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