April 8 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
AUGUSTA, GA. -- So what if something gets lost in translation? Alvaro Quiros' first tournament with Gareth Bryn Lord on the bag is shaping up to be a big success.
Not only has the big-hitting Spaniard made the cut for the first time in three Masters starts, he finds himself in the thick of things at 6 under, four strokes off the lead held by Rory McIlroy.
Quiros, who won in Dubai earlier this year, didn't play quite as well on Friday as he did in shooting a first-round 65. But he hung in well and birdied the difficult 18th on the way to a 73.
"I was looking forward to the challenge, but the challenge was to make the cut," Quiros said. "I know that's difficult to believe, but it's true. But I know ... the margin between the good score and the bad score here at Augusta is very close.
"It's difficult to believe, but I played good golf today, and I shoot 1 over. It's eight shots more than yesterday, and the level of game doesn't change as much as the score said. But this is the only thing that counts, the score."
The interesting thing about his partnership with Lord, who most recently was on the bag for Robert Karlsson, is how they measure distances. Quiros thinks in meters while Lord works in yards.
"I didn't know that, but after that I'm going to pay more attention to the yardage," Quiros said when someone mentioned the disconnect in his post-round interview.
"... The yardage book that we have here, it marks you the sprinklers, but with the yards on, not the meters. So we have to move to the yardage, what the sprinkler says, to have an idea if it's the proper sprinkler.
“After that, I let him go. I check a little bit like that, but nothing important. We don't miss any yardage today or yesterday."
Quiros indicated the two might have a discussion later. But right now, things seem to be going pretty darn well. Why mess with success?
“I hope he make the change to meters,” Quiros said. “Otherwise he wouldn't be right on any of the shots. But as I said, he's a person. He's a human being like me, and … well, I will say some good words to him, and that's all.”
Quiros leads the field in driving distance with an average of 302.50 yards -- a half-yard longer than McIlroy. He hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation and 9 of 14 fairways while using 30 putts, three more than he did in the first round.
The key this weekend, though, will be finding fairways. And Quiros doesn't give up much length if he needs to throttle back to a 3-wood for more accuracy.
"I would like to see how is my driving level," Quiros said. "It's going to depend on the shots from the tee. If you see today, from my point of view I've been unlucky because every time I miss a fairway, I make bogey.
“I have to say, too, that if I'm going to be able to hit the fairways, it's common sense, too, but if I can hit fairways, I can shoot a decent under the par here, and that's what I'm going to look for, obviously, to make one, 2 or 3 under par on this golf course on the weekend is great, even par. So that's what I'm looking for."