Qatar Masters 2020: Course and current form guide

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020: Education City Golf Club
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Andy Swales provides the stats for this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, as the European Tour tees-up in the Persian Gulf for a fifth time in 2020...

"Paul Waring, a one-time winner on the European Tour, enjoyed a steady, if not spectacular, autumn and will feel quietly confident he can double his tally this Sunday. He tied-12th in Abu Dhabi during early January and, over the weekend, enjoyed another T-25 finish in Oman."

After more than two decades at Doha Golf Club, the Qatar Masters has switched venues.

Moving a short distance across the Qatari capital, the tournament will now be staged at the Jose Maria Olazabal-designed Education City complex.

Located on the outskirts of Doha, and opened in late 2018, the stunning Education City Golf Club will be making its debut on the European Tour.

The venue has 33 holes, including an 18-hole championship layout which has plenty of sand, water and natural desert scrub.

The bunkers are large and plentiful, while the fairways have been sculptured to perfection.

Sizeable greenside water hazards come into play on more than half of the holes.

Mediocre field

Not the most inspiring of fields, but certainly nowhere near the worst in European Tour history.

Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, the Tour has already lost tournaments in Malaysia and China, which were due to be staged in April.

The demise of these co-sanctioned events, which were also removed from the Asian Tour schedule, means there is a large gap on the upcoming calendar.

Not including the American-based tournaments - such as the WGC Match Play Championship and US Masters, which are only really accessible to the game's elite - the next couple of months on the European Tour look threadbare indeed.

After Qatar, there is a low-key event in Kenya, followed by the Indian Open (March 19-22), after which there will be no tournaments for rank-and-file members of the Tour until the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, which ends on May 3. Worrying times indeed.

Leading Quartet

As for this week, the four highest-ranked golfers taking part are Eddie Pepperell, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Robert MacIntyre and Thomas Pieters - all listed somewhere between 63 and 70 in the world standings.

And with no course history available, current form is the main avenue for assessing this week's event.

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World no.77 Paul Waring, a one-time winner on the European Tour, enjoyed a steady, if not spectacular, autumn and will feel quietly confident he can double his tally this Sunday.

He's posted a dozen T-30s, from his most recent 14 starts, which includes a podium finish at the St Andrews links tournament last September, as well as a tie-for-eighth at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China.

He tied-12th in Abu Dhabi during early January and, over the weekend, enjoyed another T-25 finish in Oman.

This week offers the highly-regarded Matthias Schwab with another excellent opportunity to claim a maiden Tour title.

The 25-year-old Austrian has enjoyed a solid start to 2020 and could easily step up in Qatar to secure a first professional victory.

European winners

Dutchman Joost Luiten posted a first top-10 of the year in Oman and, in a field lacking quality, must be considered a real threat this weekend.

The 34-year-old six-time European Tour winner is currently ranked 97 in the world but, as a former top-30 player, certainly has the class and ability to emerge as a real contender at Education City.

Germany's Martin Kaymer, a former world No 1, is slowly returning to better form highlighted by seven T-25s from his last eight starts.

The 35-year-old from Dusseldorf hasn't won a tournament since lifting the US Open trophy in 2014, but it would come as no surprise if this drought were to end on Sunday.

Other possibilities

There are a number of South Africans who have played pretty well in recent weeks - some of them on their own Sunshine Tour.

These include George Coetzee, who tied-sixth at Al Mouj over the weekend, and Brandon Stone who lost a play-off in the same event.

Mikko Korhonen, who tied-fourth on Sunday two shots behind champion Sami Valimaki, will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins for Finland.

Quietly going along at no.170 in the world is Ross Fisher. The Englishman has posted three top-10s in the Middle East this calendar year but is without a title since March 2014.

Finally, Malaysia's Gavin Green continues to impress but remains without a European Tour title to his name.

However, thanks to some excellent results in the Persian Gulf during January and February, maybe that is about to change.

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Last 10 Weeks Of Results

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Eddie Pepperell 11 MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 66 MC 8 34
Robert MacIntyre 42 MC 8
Thomas Pieters MC 3 37 30
Paul Waring 25 MC MC 12
Matthias Schwab 42 44 23 42
Hao Tong Li 18 MC 21 MC 41
Benjamin Hebert 43 18 27 45 MC
Justin Harding MC 29 56 37 51 MC
Andrea Pavan 73 MC MC MC MC 30
Marcus Kinhult 69 56 MC
Adri Arnaus MC 27 3 51
Joost Luiten 10 44 66 42
Thomas Detry 36 6 32 55 28
Martin Kaymer 10 13 16 8
Romain Langasque MC MC 27 34
Jorge Campillo MC 67 MC MC 34
Francesco Laporta MC 44 17 MC
Calum Hill 54 MC MC
Andy Sullivan MC* 27 Dq 21 6
Min Woo Lee MC 1 MC 15
Guido Migliozzi 4 MC MC MC
Sebastian Soderberg MC 38 70 42
Gavin Green 18 3 27 21 15
Jordan Smith 6 56 32 21
Mikko Korhonen 4 MC 30 MC
Matthew Southgate MC MC MC MC
Dean Burmester 67 11 11 3 MC MC
Jason Scrivener MC 22 58 59
George Coetzee 6 8 2 MC MC 6
Pablo Larrazabal 65 64 13 MC MC
Ross Fisher 10 6 MC 6
Jack Senior MC 17 30 4
Joachim B Hansen MC MC 58 MC 45
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC 21
Masahiro Kawamura MC 72 56 17 MC
Matthew Jordan 18 20 MC
Sebastian Heisele MC 44 66 21 MC
Zander Lombard 25 26 MC MC 58 34 MC
Aaron Rai MC 27 71 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 18 56 50 42
Rasmus Hojgaard 6 MC MC MC MC
Kalle Samooja 30 56 27 MC
Antoine Rozner 10 70 51
Alexander Bjork MC 27 45 69
Sam Horsfield MC 7 MC MC 12 62
Brandon Stone 2 10 MC 19 MC MC 21 MC
Richie Ramsay MC 21 58 42
Darius Van Driel 36 MC MC
Adrian Meronk 54 27 MC
Darren Fichardt 65 6 6 Wd 1 MC
Scott Jamieson MC 69 32 8
Maverick Antcliff 43 MC 52 13
Robin Roussel 18 MC
Steven Brown 60 21 MC MC
Ashun Wu MC 13 6 MC
Adrian Otaegui 30 38 45 MC
Renato Paratore MC* 27 MC 21
Sean Crocker 71 MC* 38 58 42 MC
Scott Hend 67 65 MC MC 17 47
Jake McLeod MC 45 6
Richard Bland 54 MC MC 22
Oliver Wilson MC MC MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC 52 16 67
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC MC 59
Johannes Veerman 60 24 13
Chris Paisley 43 MC MC MC 57
Cormac Sharvin 36 MC* MC
Oliver Farr MC MC 28
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC MC* 74
Connor Syme 10 MC 52 22
Ricardo Santos MC MC MC
Grant Forrest 10 27 16 66
Matthieu Pavon MC 11 11 55
Jeff Winther 50 44 37 59 36
Jack Singh Brar 67 MC 16 12
Sihwan Kim MC 37 41
Fabrizio Zanotti 25 56 MC MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 67 3 MC
Victor Dubuisson 43 6 MC 69
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC MC
Justin Walters 30 MC MC 67 MC 55 MC
Alexander Levy 43 38 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 50 56 MC 21
Callum Shinkwin 25 Wd 58 MC MC
Nino Bertasio MC 70 66 MC 15
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 32 MC 15
Sami Valimaki 1 7 51
Stephen Gallacher 30 21 MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 43 MC MC MC
Hennie Du Plessis 19 MC MC 3 22 6
Soren Kjeldsen 43 38 37 51
Ashley Chesters 50 MC* 56 MC 42
Kyong Jun Moon MC MC MC 60
Robert Rock 36 MC MC MC
Lars Van Meijel 62 MC* MC
David Law MC MC MC 50 69 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 10 56 43 MC
Haydn Porteous 2 35 74 MC 59 45
Hugo Leon MC MC*
Nicolai Hojgaard 54 MC Wd 29 MC
Niklas Lemke MC 12 MC
Dale Whitnell MC MC MC MC
Gregory Havret MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer 30 72 MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC 42
David Drysdale MC MC 58 55 MC
Marcus Armitage 36 MC 3
Jamie Donaldson 50 MC MC MC
Rikard Karlberg 36 22 57
Dave Coupland MC MC* 45
Benjamin Poke 72 22 MC MC MC
Clement Sordet 10 42 19 16 28
Lee Tae-Hee 18 72 MC 52 MC
Bradley Dredge MC
Dave Horsey MC MC MC MC
Laurie Canter MC MC MC 42 MC
James Morrison 54 44 MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy 30 21 MC MC MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC MC* 57
Wilco Nienaber MC MC 14 2 Dq MC
Adrien Saddier 3 MC
Toby Tree MC MC 3 MC 12 MC
Julien Guerrier MC 76 32 MC 49
Mathiam Keyser 66
Alejandro Canizares 6 15 MC
Jens Dantorp MC 7
Jin Ho Choi MC
SSP Chawrasia 25 32 22
Aaron Cockerill 62 MC*
Garrick Porteous MC MC MC
Marcel Siem 30 54 MC 49
Carlos Pigem MC MC
Peter Hanson MC*
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC
David Howell MC 27 MC 73 MC
Shergo Al Kurdi
Yassine Touhami
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC* MC
Paul Lawrie MC MC MC
Graeme Storm MC MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg
Saleh Al Kaabi
Ali Al-Shahrani
Ben Stow 54 MC 52 50
Suradit Yongcharoenchai MC MC 9 MC 35
Wil Besseling MC MC* MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC MC
Scott Vincent MC 41
Bryce Easton MC* MC MC 20 12 MC
Yikeun Chang MC MC 52 13
Lee Slattery MC* MC
Joel Sjoholm 62 MC MC
Louis De Jager 36 30 8 MC 5 9 MC
Daan Huizing 11 37 MC MC
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