*) , , , , . Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Forecasts This week’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters was initially scheduled to be held in February, but Omicron concerns led to it being postponed.
Now, we’re back at the same place six weeks later.
Doha Country Club has been a regular stop on the European Tour (now DP World Tour) since the Qatar Masters was first played in 1998. Andrew Coltart (Scotsman Sky Sports commentator) won that edition.
Another Scottish golfer, Open champion Paul Lawrie, won in 1999 and added a second title in 2012.
This is a hint. Open and exposed means that the course can be played by anyone who is able to play in wind. The links are a playground for the Scottish, which is why they thrive.
The 2020 and 2021 editions took place at Education City but this year the tournament returns to Doha for the first time since 2019 when South African Justin Harding took the title with 13-under, finishing two clear of a huge pack of nine.
Big hitters often prospered because of the absence of rough in Doha. However, wild shots may be punished.
The Peter Harradine design features water on seven holes, and sand features all around: in both official bunkers as well as in the desert scrub.
It’s undergone some renovation work since last used in 2019, the most notable feature being that the greens have been changed from Bermuda to Paspalum.
The putting surfaces were also reconstructed. They are firmer and more buoyant.
A key element here is the weather forecast and strong winds (20mph and rising) are forecast for both weekend days so this should be quite a test. At least we have guaranteed sunshine with temps in the 80s and even 90s all week.
Arnaus is ready to win the first win . Arnaus, who has had a stellar season in the DP World Tour’s early stages of play, was runner up at the MyGolfLife Open South Africa. This followed a strong run in which the Tour visited the desert.
Arnaus finished third in the Saudi International. He was joined by a number of high-quality Americans who added nineth in the Ras Al Khaimah Classic, and eighth in the Kenya Open.
So that’s four straight top 10s and he also ended 2021 with another pair of top 10s in the Portugal Masters and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. His one win in the second tier came at Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final. This shows that his love for desert golf shines through.
As for course form his only previous start at Doha GC came in 2019 when he played some solid stuff to finish tied 14th.
This season he’s 14th in Stroke Average, 12th for Birdies (averaging five per round) and 10th in Par 5 Scoring which is relevant given that there are four to go at on this par 72.
In Saudi Arabia, Arnaus disclosed that he now lives in Dubai, Middle East.
He stated that he enjoys everything about Dubai, particularly the desert golf. I enjoy playing on these kind of courses.”
That comfort with his surroundings is showing via results on the course so Arnaus looks a must bet for the win at +1800 with Caesars Sportsbook.
We won another match last week when South Africa’s Thriston Law beat Ashun Wu in China.
This time I will side with George Coetzee in order to beat fellow South African Dean Bumester.
Burmester looks in great shape after being runner up in the Steyn City Championship.
But he blew his chance to win with a late double-bogey. He could have a reaction. The main reason for splitting the two is course format.
Burmester has struggled at Doha GC with a missed cut in 2019 and a tied 41st in 2017. His other two appearances in this event at Education City were just as unprofitable with tied 53rd and a WD (after R1 74).
Coetzee is, however, a true course horse. He’s twice been a runner-up at Doha and can also boast a fifth, a seventh, an eighth and a 12th.
He added a seventh at Education City in 2020 to show he just loves teeing it up in Qatar.
Changes could make a significant difference, but I am confident that he will be able to handle them. Coetzee’s ability in wind could also play a major role.
Coetzee is in good form with a run of 9-4-25 in his last three starts so back him to beat Burmester at -110 with DraftKings.
Bekker can crack the top 10
For my top 10 bet, I’ll go with one of the European Tour’s hottest players – Oliver Bekker.
Bekker was runner-up in his home South African Open in December and since the start of February his results read: 9-9-8-11-3.
They have been in South Africa, Kenya, and Ras Al Khaimah.
South Africans are known for their excellent records in Doha, Bekker and other events.
Back him at a decent +360 with DraftKings Sportsbook to make the top 10.
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Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Information
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Information Tournament Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Location Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar Time Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, March 27 How to Watch Thursday 5 am-10 am ET (Golf Channel), Friday 7 am-10 am (Golf Channel), Saturday 7. 30 am-9. 30 am (Golf Channel), Sunday 5 am-9. 30 am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports