Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2021: Form stats ahead of Thursday's opening round

Education City golf course
Education City is a stunning layout built on the outskirts of the Qatari capital Doha

The European Tour returns to the Arabian Peninsula for the fourth time this year, teeing-up at Education City for this week's Qatar Masters. Here with the latest form guide is Andy Swales...

"Rozner's confident start to 2021 included a brace of top-20s, having claimed his maiden European Tour title in Dubai late last year ... The Frenchman bases his game on accuracy from tee-to-green."

After a wait of more than a month, the rank and file members of the European Tour are back in action at this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

With the prestigious Players Championship also taking place this weekend in Florida, few golfers within the world's top 75 will be teeing-up at Education City Golf Club in Doha.

Education City, designed by two-time Masters' champion Jose Maria Olazabal, was opened in 2018 and made its debut on the European Tour 12 months ago.

Situated around seven miles from the Arabian Sea, the layout has well-contoured fairways, plenty of sizeable bunkers, and a large quantity of water.

It's a typically modern design that's easy on the eye, with last year's event ending in a play-off victory for Jorge Campillo over David Drysdale.

This week's field

If you take a quick glance at the form stats ahead of Thursday's opening round, probably the most striking observation is the limited amount of recent tournament action experienced by those teeing-up.

With the European Tour schedule still badly affected by the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, competitive opportunities remain few and far between at this time of year.

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Two players who do appear to be in decent shape are Thomas Pieters and Aaron Rai.

Education City requires accuracy and good course management, and Pieters and Rai normally possess both - which should stand out even more in this week's mediocre field.

Pieters finished second in last season's Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green category and tied-21st at this course 12 months ago.

The world No 73 from Belgium tied-10th in a much-stronger field in Saudi Arabia last month and recently posted a top-20 finish in Puerto Rico on the PGA Tour.

Rai is another accurate performer. The Englishman was third for Driving Accuracy on the European Tour during 2020, and fifth for Greens in Regulation.

Solid displays

Two golfers who enjoyed strong performances during this season's Middle East Swing - in January and February - are Antoine Rozner and George Coetzee.

Rozner's confident start to 2021 includes a brace of top-20s, having claimed his maiden European Tour title in Dubai late last year.

He played well in all three tournaments staged in the UAE or Saudi Arabia, which kicked off the Tour season, and the Frenchman bases his game on accuracy from tee-to-green.

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Coetzee, meanwhile, tied-10th at Royal Greens in Saudi Arabia during February and was seventh at Education City in 2020.

Finally, Chris Paisley may be worth a look. The Englishman, a former world No 78 but now outside the top 200, played well in Qatar last year and has made an encouraging start to the current stop-start season.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Education City Form (2020)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Andy Sullivan 68 33 48 25
Aaron Rai 18 MC MC 25
Thomas Pieters 15 10 27 41
Rasmus Hojgaard 67 6 9 25
Thomas Detry 28 53 9 MC
George Coetzee 10 60 11
Antoine Rozner 26 9 16
Laurie Canter 64 21 4 MC
Matthias Schwab 41 9 25
Brandon Stone 44 MC 2 MC
Garrick Higgo 11 MC MC MC
Shaun Norris 33
John Catlin MC MC MC
Jazz Janewattananond 57 72 25
Adri Arnaus MC 9 12
Kalle Samooja MC 4 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 72 MC 41
Marcus Kinhult 70 60 MC
Kurt Kitayama 12 20 35
Romain Langasque 72 MC 16
Jorge Campillo MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin MC 35
Calum Hill 4 46
Benjamin Hebert MC 51 16
Joachim B Hansen 71 MC MC
Wilco Nienaber 16 33 MC MC
Eddie Pepperell MC MC
Renato Paratore MC 67 MC
Marc Warren MC 5
Jamie Donaldson 33 MC
Adrian Otaegui MC 51 MC
Wade Ormsby 52 63 22 12
Joost Luiten 41 44 35
Masahiro Kawamura 50 MC 57
Francesco Laporta MC MC
Dean Burmester 2 41 35 MC
Sean Crocker 12 51 MC
Justin Harding 41 27 62
Wil Besseling
Richard Bland 35
Marcus Armitage 54
Joakim Lagergren MC Wd
Adrian Meronk
Matthew Jordan
Gavin Green MC 71 MC
Jordan Smith MC 60 52
Chris Paisley 21 MC 7
Matthew Southgate 29 MC 41
Nicolas Colsaerts 27 46
Hao Tong Li MC MC MC
Sebastian Soderberg MC MC 66
Scott Jamieson MC 27 16
Guido Migliozzi 33 44 MC
Sebastian Heisele MC
Darren Fichardt 22
Steven Brown 26 48 MC
Ross Fisher 53 60 MC
Connor Syme MC
Scott Vincent
Robert Rock Wd 57
Jack Senior
Pablo Larrazabal 53 51 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 53 27 7
Alexander Levy MC 9 25
Maverick Antcliff 7 16 Wd 14
Jeff Winther 33 27 61
Ross McGowan 63 MC MC
Oliver Farr
Alexander Bjork MC 35 46
Justin Walters 41 59 MC
Johannes Veerman
Dale Whitnell
Niklas Lemke
Adrien Saddier
Grant Forrest MC 27 54
Joel Stalter MC MC
Richie Ramsay MC 68 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Louis De Jager 27
Darius Van Driel
Victor Dubuisson Wd MC 25
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Kyong Jun Moon
Jonathan Caldwell
Shubhankar Sharma MC 22 MC
Robin Roussel
Scott Hend MC MC 57
Cormac Sharvin 21
Aaron Cockerill
Matthieu Pavon 53 MC MC
James Morrison 41 MC 46
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC MC
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio MC 41 35
Ewen Ferguson
Lucas Bjerregaard 41
Hennie Du Plessis 5
Yikeun Chang
David Drysdale MC MC 35
Bernd Ritthammer
Nacho Elvira MC 51 16
Stephen Gallacher 21 MC 16
Rikard Karlberg
Maximilian Kieffer 29 MC MC
Julian Suri 50 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 12 MC 62
Lee Tae-Hee
Anton Karlsson
Lars Van Meijel
Clement Sordet
Edoardo Molinari MC 66 MC
Garrick Porteous
Dave Coupland
Ricardo Santos
Kristoffer Reitan
Rhys Enoch 1
Daan Huizing
Nicolai Hojgaard
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 41
Gregory Havret
Sihwan Kim
SSP Chawrasia
Toby Tree
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC MC
Oliver Wilson 66 MC 54
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC
Ashley Chesters MC 51 MC
Lorenzo Scalise
Romain Wattel
Benjamin Poke
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares
Jens Fahrbring
Ben Evans
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Carlos Pigem
Gavin Moynihan
Paul Dunne MC
Pedro Figueiredo
Lee Slattery
David Law 76 MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
David Howell MC MC MC
Shergo Al Kurdi MC MC
Chris Wood MC 60 MC
Raphael Jacquelin Dq MC MC
Othman Almulla MC
Ali Al-Shahrani
Saleh Al Kaabi
Jaham Jassim
Ayoub Lguirati
Player 2020
Andy Sullivan 21
Aaron Rai MC
Thomas Pieters 21
Rasmus Hojgaard MC
Thomas Detry 17
George Coetzee 7
Antoine Rozner 53
Laurie Canter 61
Matthias Schwab 21
Brandon Stone 44
Garrick Higgo
Shaun Norris
John Catlin
Jazz Janewattananond
Adri Arnaus MC
Kalle Samooja 3
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC
Marcus Kinhult 7
Kurt Kitayama
Romain Langasque 38
Jorge Campillo 1
Callum Shinkwin
Calum Hill MC
Benjamin Hebert 17
Joachim B Hansen MC
Wilco Nienaber 28
Eddie Pepperell Dq
Renato Paratore 47
Marc Warren
Jamie Donaldson MC
Adrian Otaegui MC
Wade Ormsby
Joost Luiten 21
Masahiro Kawamura 53
Francesco Laporta
Dean Burmester 53
Sean Crocker 61
Justin Harding 28
Wil Besseling
Richard Bland
Marcus Armitage 12
Joakim Lagergren 38
Adrian Meronk MC
Matthew Jordan 28
Gavin Green 12
Jordan Smith 38
Chris Paisley 7
Matthew Southgate MC
Nicolas Colsaerts MC
Hao Tong Li MC
Sebastian Soderberg 75
Scott Jamieson 12
Guido Migliozzi MC
Sebastian Heisele 38
Darren Fichardt 28
Steven Brown 47
Ross Fisher 53
Connor Syme MC
Scott Vincent
Robert Rock 66
Jack Senior 17
Pablo Larrazabal 7
Fabrizio Zanotti 28
Alexander Levy MC
Maverick Antcliff MC
Jeff Winther 3
Ross McGowan
Oliver Farr 47
Alexander Bjork 6
Justin Walters MC
Johannes Veerman MC
Dale Whitnell MC
Niklas Lemke 3
Adrien Saddier 12
Grant Forrest MC
Joel Stalter
Richie Ramsay 53
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC
Louis De Jager
Darius Van Driel MC
Victor Dubuisson MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC
Kyong Jun Moon 66
Jonathan Caldwell MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Robin Roussel MC
Scott Hend Ret
Cormac Sharvin 66
Aaron Cockerill MC
Matthieu Pavon 21
James Morrison 21
Lorenzo Gagli 12
Zander Lombard 28
Nino Bertasio 7
Ewen Ferguson
Lucas Bjerregaard
Hennie Du Plessis 75
Yikeun Chang
David Drysdale 2
Bernd Ritthammer
Nacho Elvira MC
Stephen Gallacher 44
Rikard Karlberg MC
Maximilian Kieffer 53
Julian Suri
Soren Kjeldsen 44
Lee Tae-Hee 61
Anton Karlsson
Lars Van Meijel 28
Clement Sordet 72
Edoardo Molinari Dq
Garrick Porteous MC
Dave Coupland 47
Ricardo Santos MC
Kristoffer Reitan
Rhys Enoch
Daan Huizing
Nicolai Hojgaard 53
Oliver Fisher 47
Tapio Pulkkanen MC
Gregory Havret 66
Sihwan Kim 38
SSP Chawrasia 28
Toby Tree 61
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Oliver Wilson MC
Alvaro Quiros MC
Ashley Chesters MC
Lorenzo Scalise
Romain Wattel
Benjamin Poke 17
Haydn Porteous 47
Alejandro Canizares 28
Jens Fahrbring
Ben Evans
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Carlos Pigem 53
Gavin Moynihan
Paul Dunne
Pedro Figueiredo 66
Lee Slattery
David Law MC
Richard McEvoy MC
Eduardo De La Riva
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC
David Howell Wd
Shergo Al Kurdi MC
Chris Wood
Raphael Jacquelin MC
Othman Almulla
Ali Al-Shahrani MC
Saleh Al Kaabi MC
Jaham Jassim
Ayoub Lguirati

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