Alvaro wins Dubai World Championship

December 11, 2011 - 9:46 AM
Emirates Dubai Golf World Championship

Alvaro Quiros from Spain hits a ball on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Dubai World Championship golf tournament on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Alvaro Quiros holed a 40-foot eagle putt on the 18th to clinch a two-shot win over 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie at the Dubai World Championship on Sunday as No. 1-ranked Luke Donald became the first golfer to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles.

The 34-year-old Donald, who won the PGA title earlier this year, had to finish better than ninth or hope Rory McIlroy didn't win the tournament. He finished third while McIIroy, who has struggled with a lingering virus all week, finished in a tie for 11th at 9-under 279. That left McIlroy more than $1.34 million behind Donald in the money race.

Quiros had a final-round 5-under 67 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates to finish at 269. Donald was three shots behind Quiros after he ran off three birdies in a row for a 6-under 66. Peter Hanson of Sweden was fourth, another two shots back, and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was in fifth another shot behind.

The big-hitting Quiros came into the final day with a two-shot lead but squandered it after he had three bogeys on the front nine to go with five birdies. Lawrie, who led after the first day, took the lead after he notched five birdies in his first eight holes.

But Lawrie bogeyed the 12th after an approach shot missed the green and Quiros birdied the 14th to take the lead for good. Lawrie's short game continued to haunt him when an errant chip on 16 cost him a birdie chance. Then, the 42-year-old Lawrie missed a 6-foot birdie putt at the 17th that would have tied it.

Quiros managed to reach the 18th green in two while Lawrie was there in three. Rather than play it safe, Quiros clinched the win with a long eagle putt. The Spaniard pumped his fist as the crowd cheered. The win was just Quiros' second this year on the tour — after the Dubai Desert Classic — and sixth overall on the tour.