Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2019: Your course and current form guide

Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club
Qatar Masters: A big hitters' paradise if conditions remain calm at Doha
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Andy Swales provides the stats for this week's Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club, highlighting course and current form ...

"It may be worth checking out Jordan Smith and Victor Dubuisson, both of whom have had a brace of top-20 finishes in the Middle East during the early weeks of 2019."

The European Tour makes a 620-mile journey north-west, from Oman to Qatar, for this week's event in Doha.

First staged in 1998, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters is the second longest-running professional golf event in the Middle East and this year's edition will be the 22nd.

Around 90% of those teeing-up on Thursday also contested the tournament at Al Mouj, so should feel acclimatised to the region.

Course History

Not many of those competing this week can boast to having a strong course history.

This is probably best explained by assessing the quality of field, which is certainly no more than mediocre, and a far cry from the tournament's first decade which attracted many of the European Tour's finest players.

Former Qatar winner Chris Wood has a reasonable record at Doha, although the tall Englishman missed the cut last week in Oman, on his first outing of 2019.

South African George Coetzee probably has the best course record of those taking part, with his compatriot Thomas Aiken another pro with at least three top-10s at Doha in the past.

Neither are in scintillating form right now but that probably doesn't matter given the lack of top talent in this week's event.

Mike Lorenzo-Vera has posted back-to-back top 10s at Doha these past two years, while the experienced Pablo Larrazabal might fancy his chances this weekend.

Good Current Form

Therefore, it might be best to analyse current form in the search to find a winner of the Qatar Masters.

Justin Harding and Thomas Pieters have simmered just below the surface since the turn of the year, while Jorge Campillo collected his fifth runners-up finish on the European Tour last week.

In-form Clement Sordet and Fabrizio Zanotti were also joint runners-up at Al Mouj on Sunday.

Elsewhere, it may be worth checking out Jordan Smith and Victor Dubuisson, both of whom have had a brace of top-20 finishes in the Middle East during the early weeks of 2019.

Dubuisson, who played in the Ryder Cup five years ago, only teed-up twice in 2018 after suffering a perforated eardrum during a plane journey.

Currently ranked No 288 in the world, the 28-year-old has appeared three times at Doha, finishing ninth on each occasion.

Big Hitters Can Flourish If Calm

Once again, as with Oman last week, weather conditions will play an important role in the outcome of the tournament.

If conditions are calm, the course is likely to become a victim of the big hitters who can play all-out attacking golf on this open layout, while not paying too much attention to accuracy off the tee.

However, if the breeze picks up, the course is a totally different animal and must be handled with care, demanding a deft touch around the greens.

Water comes into play on seven holes - most of these on the back nine - while there is plenty of sand, both official in the shape of bunkers, and unofficial in the form of surrounding desert scrub.

There are also many dog-legs on this 23-year-old course which only plays long if the wind blows.

Doha Golf Club is laid out six miles north of the Qatari capital, and around one mile from the country's eastern coastline.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Tom Lewis 65 63 3 48 9
Adrian Otaegui 60 2 MC* 24 MC MC
Alexander Bjork 39 20 32
Justin Harding MC 26 4 11 7 51
Jazz Janewattananond 4 13 27 1 5
Thomas Pieters 6 11 22 29 16
Lucas Herbert MC MC MC* 7 54
Ross Fisher MC 13 24 54
Kurt Kitayama 1 MC MC* MC 71 67
Chris Wood MC
Andrea Pavan 31 34 MC MC
Aaron Rai 51 17 34 29 54
Mikko Korhonen 31 44 38 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 27 13 MC 32
Jorge Campillo 2 34 MC 42 56 54
John Catlin 58 MC 44 67
Brandon Stone 31 MC MC MC
Victor Perez 61 13 29 54
Jordan Smith 12 54 29 11
Paul Waring MC 54 3 6
Gaganjeet Bhullar 27 34 38 27
Dean Burmester MC 3 MC 48 49
Jake McLeod 45 60
Adri Arnaus 45 MC 29 22
Chris Paisley 9 24 56 MC
David Lipsky MC 10 24 MC 16
Thomas Detry 40 42 48 65
Erik Van Rooyen 36 MC MC 32
Scott Vincent 63 4 MC* 24
Andy Sullivan 70 MC MC 32
Joachim B Hansen 6 24 61 54
Darren Fichardt 40 17 MC 32
Yusaku Miyazato 63 22 MC MC
Marcus Kinhult MC 18 MC MC
Dimitrios Papadatos 23 MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson 56 MC MC
Romain Langasque 45 44 20
Pablo Larrazabal MC 64 20 6
Sihwan Kim MC 41 MC* 38
David Drysdale 23 MC 5 MC MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 40 47 8 61 48 42
Sean Crocker 18 MC MC MC
Ashun Wu 67 MC 38 MC
Scott Jamieson 9 MC MC 11
Richard McEvoy 31 55 MC MC MC
David Law MC MC 1 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC 5
Benjamin Hebert 18 MC MC 27
Gavin Green MC MC 11 MC 32
Matthew Southgate 63 51 69 42
Masahiro Kawamura 56 MC MC* 12
Hideto Tanihara 23 MC 64 MC
Kim Koivu MC MC MC* MC 38 MC
Jack Singh Brar MC MC 32
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC MC
Matthias Schwab MC 24 64 22
George Coetzee MC 56 MC MC 38 MC
Robert Rock MC 34 MC MC
Scott Hend 31 34 MC* 6 48 27
Grant Forrest MC 47 22 MC 42
Robert MacIntyre 45 20 MC* 44 63
Zander Lombard 45 37 2 18 70
Thomas Aiken 31 MC 24 55 MC
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 24 MC
Kalle Samooja MC MC 16 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 2 24 29 32
Liam Johnston MC MC MC 30 MC
Louis De Jager 23 MC MC* 1
Lee Slattery MC MC MC MC
Bernd Wiesberger MC MC MC 42
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 3 65
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC MC
Renato Paratore MC 18 MC 54
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 20 MC
Paul Peterson 13 MC 38
Dave Horsey 12 MC MC 11
Sebastian Soderberg 21 MC MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous Wd 51 48 MC
Justin Walters 31 2 15 44 MC 42
Stuart Manley Dq MC MC* 64 MC
Ashley Chesters 9 MC 12 MC 67 MC
Hyo Won Park MC MC MC MC MC
Min Woo Lee MC 5 MC 4 MC
Maximilian Kieffer 2 57 MC 22
Callum Shinkwin Wd MC 10 56 54
Clement Sordet 2 17 8 61
Charlie Saxon 17 MC 34 33 32
Victor Dubuisson 12 18 38
Oscar Lengden
Richie Ramsay MC MC MC 56 69
Niklas Lemke MC MC MC 30
Jens Dantorp MC 57 48 MC
Romain Wattel MC MC 16 MC
Stephen Gallacher MC MC 67 MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC MC
Steven Brown MC MC MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC 44
Connor Syme MC 15 MC*
Bradley Dredge 45 13 24 54
Daan Huizing
Marc Warren MC 71
Jose-Filipe Lima
Jeff Winther 12 8 MC
Tom Murray MC 25
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 8 MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio 45 30 73 71
Adam Bland 17 MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo 58 MC MC MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 45 60 MC MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC MC
Joel Girrbach MC
Thongchai Jaidee 18 47 MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano Wd 44 MC MC
Marcel Schneider
Anton Karlsson MC MC 12
Robert Karlsson MC 44 38 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC 34 MC 49
Max Orrin MC MC MC
Ben Stow
Christofer Blomstrand
Raphael Jacquelin 45 MC 61 63
Ben Evans MC 17 MC
Jin Ho Choi 40 MC MC
Deyen Lawson 27 2 26 MC
Adrien Saddier 31 55 MC
Nick Cullen 31 MC 24
Jack Senior
David Borda 23 MC MC
Guido Migliozzi 63 MC MC
Adrian Meronk
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 67 24 MC 69 MC
Per Langfors MC 9 MC
Gavin Moynihan 12 MC 27
Michael Hoey 47 17
Scott Fernandez
Matthew Nixon MC 30
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC MC MC
Eirik Tage Johansen
Sam Brazel MC MC* MC 56 42
Hugo Leon 21 MC MC*
Peter Hanson 6 MC MC
Alejandro Canizares MC MC
Max Schmitt 27 MC MC
SSP Chawrasia MC 41 MC MC
Matteo Manassero 45 MC MC MC
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 29 22
Jaco Van Zyl 61 4 MC MC MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC MC MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC 34 MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC 5 MC* MC
David Howell MC MC MC
Paul Lawrie MC
Sam Locke
Kristoffer Broberg MC MC MC
Niclas Johansson
Mitch Waite MC 36 34
Scott Gregory MC MC MC
Daniel Gavins MC 63 27
Filippo Bergamaschi 40 MC MC
Espen Kofstad 45 MC MC*
Wilco Nienaber
Jaham Al Kuwari
Saleh Al Kaabi
Faycal Serghini
Mike Toorop
Player 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Tom Lewis 52 37 59 MC
Adrian Otaegui 10 MC 68 MC
Alexander Bjork 19 28
Justin Harding
Jazz Janewattananond
Thomas Pieters 52 38
Lucas Herbert
Ross Fisher 30 43 MC MC 42 50
Kurt Kitayama
Chris Wood 13 11 MC 43 1 20 MC 14
Andrea Pavan 13 MC MC
Aaron Rai 19
Mikko Korhonen MC 41 59 74
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 10 4 59 30 MC
Jorge Campillo 13 20 62 MC MC 25
John Catlin
Brandon Stone MC 48 MC
Victor Perez
Jordan Smith MC 6
Paul Waring 19 MC 70 MC 74 63 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 22
Dean Burmester 41
Jake McLeod
Adri Arnaus
Chris Paisley 13 MC MC
David Lipsky 41 73 MC
Thomas Detry 39 28
Erik Van Rooyen 59
Scott Vincent
Andy Sullivan 34 28 19 MC 9
Joachim B Hansen 68 MC MC
Darren Fichardt MC 66 MC 23 16 MC MC 28 MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Marcus Kinhult 3
Dimitrios Papadatos
Oliver Wilson 68 MC 69 12 5 64
Romain Langasque 37
Pablo Larrazabal 4 48 13 33 MC MC 25 MC 31 62
Sihwan Kim MC
David Drysdale MC 37 MC MC 49 47 12 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 34 28 27 13 9 MC
Sean Crocker 28
Ashun Wu 28 52
Scott Jamieson 61 MC 68 65 MC 12
Richard McEvoy MC MC
David Law
Soren Kjeldsen 20 13 57 MC 67 55 32 MC
Benjamin Hebert 61 65 20 10 MC
Gavin Green
Matthew Southgate MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura
Hideto Tanihara 28
Kim Koivu
Jack Singh Brar
Joakim Lagergren 45 2 41
Matthias Schwab 61
George Coetzee 8 MC 7 12 5 2 35
Robert Rock MC MC 20 MC 22 45 MC
Scott Hend 70 60 MC MC
Grant Forrest 53
Robert MacIntyre
Zander Lombard MC
Thomas Aiken MC 4 38 5 22 69 6 MC
Matthieu Pavon 28 67
Kalle Samooja
Fabrizio Zanotti 45 MC MC MC 22 59 MC 28 MC
Liam Johnston
Louis De Jager
Lee Slattery MC MC 4 76 70 35 MC
Bernd Wiesberger 37 13 3 MC 42 MC MC
Alvaro Quiros 19 MC 68 23 28 59 2 2 1
Nacho Elvira 39 6 MC 67
Renato Paratore 4 MC 29 38
Tapio Pulkkanen MC
Paul Peterson 28
Dave Horsey 13 37 76 20
Sebastian Soderberg
Haydn Porteous MC MC 57
Justin Walters 45 MC MC MC
Stuart Manley 43
Ashley Chesters 45
Hyo Won Park
Min Woo Lee
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC 35 46 MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 19 MC 35
Clement Sordet MC
Charlie Saxon
Victor Dubuisson 9 9 9
Oscar Lengden
Richie Ramsay MC 37 41 MC MC 45 32
Niklas Lemke
Jens Dantorp MC MC
Romain Wattel 19 MC MC MC 11 49 35 59
Stephen Gallacher 39 MC MC 33 28 59 MC 12 45 16
Oliver Fisher 2 41 MC 10 MC 47 74 MC
Steven Brown 39
Lorenzo Gagli 34 22 MC
Connor Syme MC
Bradley Dredge 45 21 4 MC MC 12 5 31
Daan Huizing MC
Marc Warren 53 60 35 2 MC MC 35 20
Jose-Filipe Lima MC 70
Jeff Winther MC Ret
Tom Murray
Jacques Kruyswijk 39
Nino Bertasio MC 48
Adam Bland MC
Pedro Figueiredo
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 1
Ricardo Gouveia 61 MC 7
Joel Girrbach
Thongchai Jaidee 53 MC 20 23 33 9 20 19 32 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 4 16 12 MC 32 7
Marcel Schneider 70
Anton Karlsson 13
Robert Karlsson 76 28 52 62 54 MC 6 1 37
Edoardo Molinari 72 MC 33 MC MC 24
Max Orrin
Ben Stow
Christofer Blomstrand
Raphael Jacquelin 53 60 MC MC MC 42 MC MC 66 56
Ben Evans MC 29
Jin Ho Choi 72
Deyen Lawson
Adrien Saddier MC 16
Nick Cullen
Jack Senior
David Borda
Guido Migliozzi
Adrian Meronk
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 28
Per Langfors
Gavin Moynihan MC
Michael Hoey MC 52 61 42 12 45 32
Scott Fernandez 19
Matthew Nixon 13 68 MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Eirik Tage Johansen
Sam Brazel MC MC
Hugo Leon
Peter Hanson 18 59 22 22 2 70 14 31
Alejandro Canizares Wd 27 8 5 MC 25 MC
Max Schmitt
SSP Chawrasia MC MC 49 47 MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC MC 22 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 48 59 MC 59 25 1 8 60
Jaco Van Zyl 2 35
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Bernd Ritthammer MC
Kristoffer Reitan
David Howell 61 MC MC MC MC 22 MC 5 MC 37
Paul Lawrie 61 MC 13 46 11 MC 1 19 MC 46
Sam Locke
Kristoffer Broberg MC 20 33 28 MC
Niclas Johansson
Mitch Waite
Scott Gregory
Daniel Gavins
Filippo Bergamaschi
Espen Kofstad MC
Wilco Nienaber
Jaham Al Kuwari
Saleh Al Kaabi MC MC MC MC MC MC
Faycal Serghini
Mike Toorop
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