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, many of you will recall we won with Justin Harding and the year before, Eddie Pepperell shot a -18 below par to win by 1 stroke over Oliver Fisher and give us back to back wins in this tournament. Let’s get this winner one more time and make it three wins in a row at the Qatar Masters.
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
Gavin Green +2800 at MyBookie – Green is my top play this week at the Qatar Masters. He has played some of the best golf of his career in 2020 and is looking for his first win since 2017. He came very close a few weeks back, where he placed 3rd at the Saudi International. His worst finish of 2020 is a 27th place at the Omega Dubai Classic, which even there he played well. This kid is hot right now and I am expecting a great week of golf from him.
Ross Fisher +3000 at MyBookie – If you throw out the Omega Desert Classic and his missed cut there, Ross Fisher would have the best for among any golfer on the European Tour. He is coming off a 10th place finish last week at the Oman Open and also has two 6th place finishes in 2020. He should be well rested and ready to go this week and at 30/1, he brings to the table a ton of value.
Clement Sordet +7500 at MyBookie – I told you guys several weeks ago to keep your eyes out for this kid and this week, he really peaks my interest. He is 75/1 at most of the online sportsbooks and that is simply way too high for someone with the skill of Sordet. You may not have heard much of him but I promise you by the end of this year, you will know this guy and will thank us when he pulls off a win at these odds!
Grant Forrest +8000 at MyBookie – Forrest is another one of those young prospects that is going to be a name brand player within a year. He is still looking for his first win of the tour and of his career at this level, and with this field being relatively weak, we could see it this week. He is coming off a 10th place finish at the Oman Open and brings some really strong form with him this week into the Qatar Masters.