THE desert swing moves to Qatar this week for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Doha Golf Club has eight artificial lakes so thankfully Benny An isn’t here this week after his quadruple bogey four at a par three last week.
The wind though could be the biggest obstacle and prove a real test. Long off the tee and putting could be the important stats.
As I said for last week’s Sony Open good form here could be the important factor and with three top threes in the last six years Rafa Cabrera Bello certainly knows his way around here.
Last year in the desert swing Rafa had a T14 and two T2s from the three tourneys. Although he fell away in the final two rounds last week he is a classy player and I would expect him to finish high up the leaderboard. He hits a long ball off the tee, average this year of 297.9 and putts per round of 29.6.
I’m going to take another pick from last week as my second selection. Austrian Bernd Wiesberger did nothing wrong last week. In his first tournament back after the winter break he shot three 68s and a 69 but just couldn’t get those putts to drop on a few holes where he could easily have got birdies.
This season he has four top fours in five outings with a 59-under-par total. Hits the ball over 293 yards and has putts per round of 29.9 and I'm going to keep faith with the tall Austrian.
1.5pts ew Rafa Cabrera Bello (Betfair, 18-1)
1.5pts ew Bernd Wiesberger (Ladbrokes, 12-1)