33/134.00 Hojgaard can continue debutants' run
20/121.00 Wallace is worth an e/w wager says Matt
100 Winner sees 4 bets with one at 999/11000.00
Steve Rawlings: "Many fine links exponents have performed well here, and I suspect it's the wide-open feel of the course and the fact that the wind often blows - mirroring the sort of conditions encountered on the links...
"Denmark's Rasmus Hojgaard is bidding to become the fourth Doha debutant winner in five renewals and there are plenty of reasons to think he's a fair price to do so at odds in excess of 30.0...
"In addition to him playing here for the first time (seemingly a plus if recent renewals are any sort of gauge), he won his first DP World Tour title at the aforementioned Heritage Golf Club, he has some decent links form in the locker, he needs a good week to secure a PGA Tour card for next season and he arrives in fair form.
"He won the Made In HimmerLand in his homeland back in July and having finished fourth at the Open de France last month, he's ticked along nicely since, finishing 25th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and 26th on Sunday in Spain.
Matt Cooper: "Back in 2019 Matt Wallace was second at Hillside when looking like the winner for much of the week, he's also been second at Fairmont St Andrews and was sixth in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last month.
"Also, his trophy cabinet proves he can play in other blustery spots. In fact, both his first win on the DP World Tour, in the Open de Portugal at Morgado, and his debut win on the PGA Tour in this year's Corales Championship came at breezy seaside locations.
"He was a two-time winner on desert courses on the third tier and has maintained that fondness for this type of golf with second place at Emirates, Jumeirah's Fire Course but also on the Earth Course.
"And in his only previous appearance on the course he was T19th back in 2018 (when not in the greatest of form but the result gave him confidence and he won the first of three titles that year in his very next start).
"The last time he was up against this kind of field, on this kind of test, he was second in the Czech Masters and he can contend again."
Dave Tindall: "Pablo Larrazabal didn't hit the heights on home soil last week when missing the cut in Andalucia but how about some deja vu all over again at Doha.
"The Spaniard has twice been the first-round leader on this course, the first achieved via a 65 in 2016 and the second thanks to an opening 64 last year.
"With two top fives in his latest three starts at Doha, the nine-time DP World Tour winner is a big fan of this track and although he missed last week's cut at Sotogrande (a course he said he'd never played before), prior to that Larrazabal had posted a top 20 at the Open de Espana.
"Before that he'd set out with a 67 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to end day one in fourth so the signs look good ahead of his 06.40 tee-time from the 10th."
Steve Rawlings: "Ranking first for both Scrambling and Strokes Gained: Around the Green, France's Jeong weon Ko may have already done enough to keep his card with his seventh-place finish at the Andalucia Masters last week in Spain.
"That's his best performance on the DP World Tour since he finished fourth at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open last December. He battled through the tough early conditions admirably last week so a slightly breezier week than the one forecasted may have been in his favour. But he still looks worth chancing at a huge price.
"Three of the last four winners have this event were playing here for the first time, so the fact that he's making his Doha debut can't be construed as a negative. If he can kick on and make the cut this week with his card all but assured, he'll feel like he's running free over the weekend."
Andy Swales: "If conditions are calm, the sport's longer-drivers will have the opportunity to play all-out attacking golf. However, if the breeze picks up, the course is a totally different animal and must be handled with care, while demanding a deft touch around the greens;
"The course, which is laid out six miles north of Doha city centre, has water in play on six holes. In 2021, the venue underwent a largescale renovation. The putting surfaces at nine and 18 were enlarged, while all the greens were sown with Paspallum grass, replacing the previous Bermuda. Many greens were also re-constructed, resulting in a change of slope and elevation...
"Among a host of players with strong-to-middling current form are: Nick Bachem 66/1, Ryo Hisatsune 33/1, Rasmus Hojgaard20/1, Rikuya Hoshino 55/1, Richard Mansell 33/1, Matthieu Pavon 33/1, Marcel Siem 33/1 and Jeff Winther 66/1...
"Bachem is a proven winner at this level having triumphed in South Africa back in March. The 24-year-old German was tied-13th in Sotogrande over the weekend, which was his fifth T25 in eight starts."