Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2018: Course and current form guide

Thorbjorn Olesen: On his last outing on the European Tour finished 10th
Thorbjorn Olesen: On his last outing on the European Tour finished 10th
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Andy Swales provides this week's stats guide for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha, highlighting both course and current form for those teeing-up in the Middle East.

"One of the highest-ranked Europeans teeing-up is Thorbjorn Olesen who has twice finished inside the top-three in Qatar"

For the 21st consecutive year, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters will be staged at the Peter Harradine-designed Doha Golf Club.

Opened in 1996, the course was laid out just over one mile from Qatar's eastern coastline, and around six miles north of central Doha.

Its average-sized putting surfaces can be tricky to negotiate, while strong winds are often a major factor during the tournament.

Driving accuracy has never been the most important attribute needed to succeed at Doha, where a good touch around the greens, in often difficult conditions, is usually a more critical skill.

A quick glance at the list of competitors tells you that this year's Qatar Masters is going to be its poorest gathering for more than a decade.

When it was sandwiched between events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, there was always a sprinkling of stardust teeing-up at Doha.

But probably due to a change of dates, the field for 2018 is well below par for a tournament which, over the years, has been won by major champions and top-30 ranked pros.

World Ranking

The three highest-ranked players taking part this week are Julian Suri, Shubhankar Sharma and Hideto Tanihara - none of which are currently inside the world's top 50. All three will be making their Doha debuts.

American Suri has made a rapid rise up the ranking in the past 12 months.

During 2017, he claimed his maiden European Tour title while rising to 63 in the world - having started the year well outside the top 1,000.

In three starts this year - all in the United States - his highest finish has been a tie-for-63rd. However, this shouldn't rule him out from entering the winners' enclosure this weekend.

A little further down the ranking, at 85, is his compatriot Seung-Su Han who has also made giant strides of late.

He was fourth in Oman on Sunday, having registered five podium finishes in various parts of Asia last year.

European Challenge

One of the highest-ranked Europeans teeing-up is Thorbjorn Olesen who has twice finished inside the top-three in Qatar, although neither ended with the Dane holding aloft the trophy.

On his most recent outing, the world No 92 was a top-10 finisher at the Super Six event in Perth.

Another highly-fancied starter is 2013 Doha winner Chris Wood who was runner-up in Oman over the weekend.

Wood's fellow Englishman, Andy Sullivan, made it a third straight top-20 last week, as he tries to rediscover his form from 2016.

And if you are looking for a lower-ranked player to conjure up some sort of top-five finish this week, then experienced Finn Mikko Illonen could deliver.

The five-time European Tour winner was second at Doha four years ago, and seemed to improve day-by-day in Oman where he finished in a tie-for-26th.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48
Julian Suri 68 MC 63
Shubhankar Sharma MC 1 61 48 11 1 27
Hideto Tanihara 65 5 MC 68 13
Thorbjorn Olesen 10 MC 29 53
Seung-Su Han 4 58 29 27 3
Fabrizio Zanotti 7 60 MC 9
Jordan Smith 26 69 MC 61 MC
Dave Horsey MC 34 22 MC
Chris Wood 2 MC MC MC
Alexander Bjork 12 MC 6 MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 26 62 6 15
Nicolas Colsaerts 51 32 MC
Paul Peterson MC 11 1 MC 8 22
Richie Ramsay 62 6 40
Soren Kjeldsen MC 39 MC 48 MC
Andy Sullivan 16 17 6 53 34
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 17 MC 40
Scott Hend 56 MC 37 22 44 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 44 3 MC MC
Richard Sterne 37 67 19 20
Scott Jamieson 17 51 MC
Erik Van Rooyen 18 52 20 2
Jazz Janewattananond MC 40 39 35 4 3 17 MC MC
Eddie Pepperell 44 MC* MC MC
George Coetzee 13 MC MC 54 30 9
Matt Wallace 44 MC 37 32 38 30
Matthieu Pavon 31 11 Dq MC 34 5
Adrian Otaegui 12 39 22 40
Daisuke Kataoka 56 40 23 MC MC 18 51 28
Jason Scrivener MC 26 MC 6 48 MC 15
Matthew Southgate 9 62 57 MC MC
Poom Saksansin 21 MC 10 12 6 36
Phachara Khongwatmai 37 17 57 MC 2 MC 44
Renato Paratore MC MC MC MC 7
Haydn Porteous 26 MC 19 53 MC 49 40
Callum Shinkwin 56 MC MC
Darren Fichardt MC MC MC 40 7 MC 16
Thomas Detry 31 23 22 9 MC 45
Tapio Pulkkanen 23 MC 3
Prayad Marksaeng 27 Wd MC 36 Wd 16
Aaron Rai 37 26 MC MC 19 MC
Clement Sordet 37 MC 50
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC MC 20
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC 61 69 MC
Brandon Stone MC MC MC 61 MC
Julien Guerrier 3 33 MC
Adam Bland MC 73 MC MC 3
Jin Ho Choi MC MC 8 20
Marc Warren 63 67 MC MC 54
Romain Wattel MC 11 37 MC
Thongchai Jaidee 51 39 MC MC 27 MC
Anthony Wall MC 22 MC
SSP Chawrasia 53 55 MC MC MC 27
Benjamin Hebert 9 17 MC 32
Richard Bland MC MC MC 31
Marcus Kinhult 16 12 MC 50
Mikko Korhonen MC 61 22 MC 13
Robert Rock 7 MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio 51 5 45 53
Sam Brazel 16 MC 22 32 37
Ryan Evans 53 33 15 50
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC 53 MC
Bradley Dredge MC
Paul Waring 44 MC MC MC
Adrien Saddier MC MC 7 57 MC
Oscar Lengden MC
Gregory Bourdy 31 MC MC 61 54
Micah Lauren Shin MC 21 MC 20 MC
Lee Slattery 31 MC 64 61 MC
James Morrison MC MC MC MC 6 MC
Robert Karlsson MC MC* 51 32 MC
Stephen Gallacher 9 39 57 61
Ashun Wu MC 37 22 MC 20
Alejandro Canizares MC 22 48
Chase Koepka MC 58 7 50
Jamie Donaldson MC 45 MC 34 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 8 69 4 49 62
David Drysdale 23 MC 47 MC
Chris Hanson MC MC* 6 MC 62
Marcel Siem MC MC* MC MC
Oliver Farr 59 75 49 24
Jens Dantorp 59 73 38 49 44
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer 23 11 32 MC
Thomas Aiken MC 51 MC MC MC
Victor Perez MC MC 13 MC
Mikko Ilonen 26 57 40 MC
Steven Brown MC 49 19 44
Lasse Jensen MC 37 27 MC MC
Nick Cullen MC 18 7
Sebastian Heisele MC MC 57 62
Richard McEvoy 65 MC 30 32
Carlos Pigem MC MC* MC 53 72 44
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC 53 MC 16
Oliver Fisher 44 MC MC MC 38
Edoardo Molinari 16 MC 45 MC MC
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC
Tano Goya MC
Matteo Manassero 31 55 MC 30
Trevor Fisher 27 15
Zander Lombard 65 21 MC MC MC Dq MC
Charlie Ford 26 65 11 8
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC 61
Sean Crocker MC 5 MC 6 7
Jeff Winther 21 20 27 14
Ashley Chesters MC 51 MC MC MC 44
Daniel Brooks Wd MC MC MC 30
Daan Huizing 21 69
Julien Quesne
Bradley Neil 63 77 51 MC MC
Adrian Meronk MC 42 55
Gregory Havret MC 37 67 MC MC
Ben Evans MC MC MC Wd
Justin Walters 9 MC 38 MC 14
Felipe Aguilar MC MC
Scott Fernandez 37 MC MC MC 32
Pep Angles 69 40 MC 49 32
Daniel Im 53 73 65 Dq 12 50
James Heath MC MC MC
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC MC 8 MC
Paul Lawrie 61 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin 44 MC MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC MC MC
Grant Forrest 17 MC MC
Christopher Mivis MC 49 MC MC
Matthias Schwab MC 33
Thomas Bjorn 31 39 MC 30
Jens Fahrbring MC 65 30
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 44 MC 63 30 MC
Henric Sturehed MC MC MC MC
Mark Foster MC 79 19 MC
Thomas Linard
Tom Murray MC MC
Pontus Widegren MC MC 73 MC 65
Jonathan Thomson 65 MC MC MC
Laurie Canter MC 49 MC 16
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 8 MC 4 MC
Soomin Lee 37 39 MC MC 31 MC
Andrea Pavan 16 15 MC 42 27
David Howell Wd MC
Sam Horsfield MC 4 MC MC MC 22
Nico Geyger 12 MC MC 27
Rak Hyun Cho MC 65 MC MC
Espen Kofstad MC MC
Marcel Schneider MC MC MC 59
Matthew Baldwin MC MC 19 Wd
Connor Syme 37 MC MC MC MC
Ross McGowan MC MC MC 13 MC
Ben Stow MC
Simon Khan MC MC
Josh Geary MC MC MC MC MC 62
Matthew Nixon MC MC MC MC
Ahmed Marjan 22 MC 28
Sebastien Gros MC 40 MC
Joshua White MC
Darren Clarke 61 MC* MC MC
Ahmad Baig
Ali Saleh Al Kaabi MC
Ali Al Shahrani MC
Clarke Lutton
Reece Phillips
Sean Maisey
Shergo Al Kurdi
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Julian Suri
Shubhankar Sharma
Hideto Tanihara
Thorbjorn Olesen 57 2 MC 3 22 59 MC
Seung-Su Han
Fabrizio Zanotti MC MC MC 22 59 MC 28 MC
Jordan Smith 6
Dave Horsey 37 76 20
Chris Wood 11 MC 43 1 20 MC 14
Alexander Bjork 28
Jeung-Hun Wang 1
Nicolas Colsaerts 28 27 13 9 MC
Paul Peterson 28
Richie Ramsay 37 41 MC MC 45 32
Soren Kjeldsen 20 13 57 MC 67 55 32 MC 20
Andy Sullivan 28 19 MC 9
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 4 59 30 MC
Scott Hend 60 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 48 13 33 MC MC 25 MC 31 62
Richard Sterne MC Ret
Scott Jamieson MC 68 65 MC 12
Erik Van Rooyen
Jazz Janewattananond
Eddie Pepperell MC 4 63 MC
George Coetzee MC 7 12 5 2 35
Matt Wallace
Matthieu Pavon 67
Adrian Otaegui MC 68 MC
Daisuke Kataoka
Jason Scrivener MC
Matthew Southgate MC
Poom Saksansin
Phachara Khongwatmai
Renato Paratore MC 29 38
Haydn Porteous MC 57
Callum Shinkwin MC 35
Darren Fichardt 66 MC 23 16 MC MC 28 MC
Thomas Detry 28
Tapio Pulkkanen
Prayad Marksaeng MC MC
Aaron Rai
Clement Sordet
Nacho Elvira 6 MC 67
Lucas Bjerregaard 11 41 MC
Brandon Stone 48 MC
Julien Guerrier
Adam Bland
Jin Ho Choi
Marc Warren 60 35 2 MC MC 35 20 13
Romain Wattel MC MC MC 11 49 35 59
Thongchai Jaidee MC 20 23 33 9 20 19 32 MC 25
Anthony Wall 21 MC 37 6 25 28 MC 21 25
SSP Chawrasia MC 49 47 MC MC
Benjamin Hebert 65 20 10 MC
Richard Bland 55 7 MC 33 49 MC 24
Marcus Kinhult
Mikko Korhonen 41 59 74
Robert Rock MC 20 MC 22 45 MC
Nino Bertasio 48
Sam Brazel MC
Ryan Evans
Joakim Lagergren 2 41
Bradley Dredge 21 4 MC MC 12 5 31 51
Paul Waring MC 70 MC 74 63 MC
Adrien Saddier 16
Oscar Lengden
Gregory Bourdy MC 13 5 MC MC 45 MC 43 33
Micah Lauren Shin
Lee Slattery MC 4 76 70 35 MC MC
James Morrison 57 46 63 MC MC
Robert Karlsson 28 52 62 54 MC 6 1 37 60
Stephen Gallacher MC MC 33 28 59 MC 12 45 16 MC
Ashun Wu 52
Alejandro Canizares Wd 27 8 5 MC 25 MC
Chase Koepka
Jamie Donaldson 63 MC 68
Jacques Kruyswijk
David Drysdale 37 MC MC 49 47 12 MC
Chris Hanson 18
Marcel Siem Dq 29 MC 43 42 12 45 32 37 42
Oliver Farr MC
Jens Dantorp MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC 35 46 MC MC
Thomas Aiken 4 38 5 22 69 6 MC
Victor Perez
Mikko Ilonen MC 13 MC 2 9 35 49 37 MC
Steven Brown
Lasse Jensen MC
Nick Cullen
Sebastian Heisele
Richard McEvoy MC MC
Carlos Pigem
Ricardo Gouveia MC 7
Oliver Fisher 41 MC 10 MC 47 74 MC 25
Edoardo Molinari MC 33 MC MC 24
Gavin Moynihan
Tano Goya 49 MC 63 MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC 22 MC
Trevor Fisher 48
Zander Lombard
Charlie Ford
Alvaro Quiros MC 68 23 28 59 2 2 1 MC
Sean Crocker
Jeff Winther Ret
Ashley Chesters
Daniel Brooks 68 MC MC
Daan Huizing MC
Julien Quesne MC MC 19 28
Bradley Neil
Adrian Meronk
Gregory Havret 57 29 58 MC 69 25 19 MC MC 33
Ben Evans 29
Justin Walters MC MC MC
Felipe Aguilar 41 MC 23 9 47 28 MC MC
Scott Fernandez
Pep Angles MC
Daniel Im 28
James Heath
Christofer Blomstrand
Paul Lawrie MC 13 46 11 MC 1 19 MC 46 25
Raphael Jacquelin 60 MC MC MC 42 MC MC 66 56 20
Lorenzo Gagli 22 MC
Grant Forrest
Christopher Mivis
Matthias Schwab
Thomas Bjorn 48 59 MC 59 25 1 8 60 33
Jens Fahrbring MC 72
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Henric Sturehed
Mark Foster 52 57 42 35 12 Dq MC MC
Thomas Linard MC
Tom Murray
Pontus Widegren
Jonathan Thomson
Laurie Canter
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 16 12 MC 32 7 33
Soomin Lee 60
Andrea Pavan MC MC
David Howell MC MC MC MC 22 MC 5 MC 37 7
Sam Horsfield
Nico Geyger
Rak Hyun Cho
Espen Kofstad MC
Marcel Schneider
Matthew Baldwin MC 23 22 67
Connor Syme
Ross McGowan MC MC 46 13
Ben Stow
Simon Khan Ret MC 6 25 MC 57 60
Josh Geary
Matthew Nixon 68 MC
Ahmed Marjan
Sebastien Gros 55 MC
Joshua White
Darren Clarke 12 MC
Ahmad Baig
Ali Saleh Al Kaabi MC MC MC MC MC
Ali Al Shahrani MC MC MC
Clarke Lutton MC 74
Reece Phillips
Sean Maisey
Shergo Al Kurdi
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