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Qatar Masters Tips: Each-way bets for the second leg of the Gulf Swing

Henrik Stenson is a popular pick in Qatar

"Stenson is ranked just outside the world's top 50 (currently 52) and will be desperate to climb back inside that mark to guarantee himself a place in all the lucrative tournaments this season. And as a past winner of this event he has every chance of doing exactly that this week."

The Betting.Betfair team drew a blank with their each-way selections at the Abu Dhabi Championships and now turn their attention to the Qatar Masters (starting Wednesday). Betfair's fixed odds market has Justin Rose as favourite after a strong showing last weekend, while they are offering Tiger Woods at an industry top price of 8.07/1 at the Farmers Insurance Open. Who will you be backing?

Joe Dyer - Back Paul Casey @ 41.0n/a
Before last year's shoulder injury, there's no way we'd be getting 40-1 on Casey winning the Qatar Masters. A Ryder Cup player and winner of 14 tournaments, Casey is top-class and there are signs that he's coming back to form. He's made the cut in his last six events, closing with a 69 at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Four missed cuts at Qatar are a worry but a best finish of fifth shows he can play the course. 


Dan Geraghty - Back Victor Dubuisson @ 67.0n/a
Driving distance and GIR look to be the key stats this week, I fancy in-form South African Louis Oosthuizen will be a hard man to beat. However, there are five places available each way with Betfair fixed odds and I'll back Victor Dubuisson 67.0n/a to challenge. The Frenchman ranks highly in both of the aforementioned stats and has made the top ten in each of the last two years here.


Paul Krishnamurty - Back Scott Jamieson @ 67.0n/a 
Despite closing 2012 with a trio of top-three finishes, including a win at the Nelson Mandela Championship, Scott Jamieson still looks under-rated at 67.0n/a. As a long hitter with good putting stats, Jamieson certainly has the right skills set for Doha, where he finished 12th in last year's 54-hole renewal. Moreover, he seems to have improved considerably in the last 12 months, registering consistently good figures since the summer, including five top-five finishes. Given those numbers, each-way betting makes obvious sense.


Mike Norman - Back Henrik Stenson @ 21.020/1
Not a huge price by any means, but at a quarter the odds for a place (first five places), Stenson represents a rock solid each-way selection.  The talented Swede has returned from his spell in the wilderness with some excellent efforts over the last six months or so, including a win at the SA Open Championship in November.  He is ranked just outside the world's top 50 (currently 52) and will be desperate to climb back inside that mark to guarantee himself a place in all the lucrative tournaments this season.  And as a past winner of this event he has every chance of doing exactly that this week.


Steve Rawlings - Back Berndt Wiesberger @ 91.0n/a
Despite missing the cut at the Qatar Masters on his two previous visits, Berndt Wiesberger has just the right game for the course and he has some very good form at both Gleneagles and Oceânico Victoria, two venues that appear to correlate strongly with Doha. I can see him putting past efforts in very windy conditions, when he was still very much a rookie, behind him and he's my each-way fancy this week.

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22 January 2013

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