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.

Recommended Bets

1.5pts ew Rafa Cabrera Bello (Betfair, 18-1)
1.5pts ew Bernd Wiesberger (Ladbrokes, 12-1)

5 Comments
  1. chazthedog 5 years ago

    Morning Ace
    Close but no cigar last week, glad you got paid out on a few! We’ll smash it this week.

    Sticking with a similar philosophy to last week with 2 players in form or with history at this time of year.
    Also think a couple of players massively overpriced based on previous form here so happy to look for some value:

    Martin Kaymer – 20/1 – Hopefully the rustiness disappears if in contention this week, cant leave him out
    Chris Wood – 50/1 – Previous winner and enjoys this time of year

    Paul Lawrie – 200/1 – Previous winner – enjoys the warm weather nowadays and weather forecast also for a bit of a breeze
    Matteo Mannesero – 200/1 – Usually finds form around now and worth a nibble!

    Good luck all!

  2. townie 5 years ago

    lets get back on track guys, doubles for me again,
    Rafa Cabrera-Bello @ 12/1 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
    Sei Young Kim @ 12/1 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic double

    Tommy Fleetwood @ 18/1 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
    Francesco Molinari @ 50/1 Farmers Insurance Open – double

  3. townie 5 years ago

    Trixie this time
    Bernd Wiesberger @ 12/1 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
    Hideki Matsuyama @ 12/1 Farmers Insurance Open
    Amy Yang @ 12/1 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
    gl

  4. aceventurer 5 years ago

    Hi Chazthedog. Your singles are struggling a bit but Chris wood and Kaymer both have an outside chance of a place. Did you take them each way? Hopefully Rafa Cabrera Bello can continue his surge up the leaderboard in the final round tomorrow. He moved to T5 with a 66 and although the leader is five ahead, he is only two off second. Wang can only throw it away now.

  5. chazthedog 5 years ago

    Always ew ace so hoping him or Rafa for u can scrape a few late birdies.

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