Euro Tour Qatar Masters Betting Tips and Handicapping Preview
This week, we head to Doha, Qatar for the European Tour’s Qatar Masters. This tournament is one of six tournaments this year that is being played on the Arabian Peninsula.
In recent years, this tournament has gone from being a very low-level European Tour Tournament with relatively low-level golfers to a much more competitive field thanks in part due to the promotion money that is now paid to top golfers in the world to come here and play.
With the promotional money, the tournament has now turned into one of the more competitive fields on the European Tour
The Qatar Masters has been played since 1998. Each year, we witness golfers from around the European Tour and formerly from the Asian Tour, compete for their share of $1.75 million dollars.
Last year, Eddie Pepperell shot a -18 below par to win by 1 stroke over Oliver Fisher. The year prior, Wang Jeung-Hun of South Korea went on to beat Joakim Lagergren and Jaco Van Zyl in a playoff with a -16.
Doha Golf Club Details
The Qatar Masters is played at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar. The course was designed in 1996 by Peter Harradine and is your typical Desert Golf Course.
The course is played as a Par 72 and measures 7400 yards. There are 6 water hazards on the course and fairways that are made up of Bermuda Grass.
The greens here at Doha Golf Club are rather fast. They are made up of a Bermuda Grass and Poa Annua mixture and run about 11’6-12’ on the stimp.
Qatar Masters System Attributes
There are really two main factors that you want to focus on this week at the Qatar Masters. The first being Greens in Reg. These fairways can be tricky and the winners have all had decent numbers with GIR.
Another thing to look at are golfers that play decently in windy conditions. With this tournament course being placed right along the Arabian Peninsula, we can expect to see plenty of wind and conflicting weather.
You are also going to want to look for golfers that are in decent form. It seems that most winners came in the week they won, with a decent tournament or two under their belts within 2-3 weeks prior to winning the Qatar Masters.
- Greens in Reg
- Bogey Avoidance
- Strokes Gained: Putting
Thomas Pieters +1200 for 2 units at Bookmaker
Pieters really is the cream of the crop in this tournament. He is coming in off a 6th place finish at the Oman Open and 9 straight Top 30 finishes. His odds are not that great but with playing 2 units on him, we will get a halfway decent return on our investment with the value that he brings.
Jordan Smith +2200 for 1 unit at MyBookie
Smith is sort of a risky option but I like my chances with playing him. Last year, he missed the cut at Qatar Masters but the year prior, he finished in 6th place. Smith is in great form right now and at 22/1 at MyBookie, he is a great option for the Qatar Masters.
Mike Lorenzo-Vera +3300 for 1 Unit at GTBets
Lorenzo-Vera played here in 4 straight years and has really improved his finishing placing in the past two years. Lorenzo-Vera finished in 4th place in 2017 and 10th place last year. He is now in good form and presents us a great deal of value at 33/1.
Chris Paisley +4300 for 1 unit at Bookmaker
Paisley is coming in off a 9th place finish at the Oman Open. He is playing really good golf right now and does well on these Arabian Peninsula Coast Courses. Paisley has split success with missed cuts here at Qatar Masters, finishing in 13th place last year and 2 missed cuts in 2012 and 2014. I’m going to fade those old missed cuts and focus on his more recent success.
Justin Harding at +5900 for 1 unit at Bookmaker
Harding missed the cut last week, hence the reason we are getting him at 59/1 here at Bookmaker. Throw out last week’s results and look at his overall form since the first of the year. Harding has played amazing this year, which includes a 4th place finish, 7th place finish and 11th place finish. Harding is my favorite pick this week at the Qatar Masters!!!
Head To Head Matchups
Jordan Smith -120 over Tom Lewis for 2 units
Alexander Bjork -120 over Ross Fisher for 2 units