2nd Mar 2020 | Qatar Masters
Qatar Masters Trends
It is part two of the Middle East swing on the European Tour. We examine the trends of previous champions at the Qatar Masters.
Doha Golf Club hosts the 21st Qatar Masters with a good field assembled in the desert.
The average winning score over the last five years is 16-under, but the Doha course isn’t a pushover. It measures 7,400 yards and if the wind blows, it can provide a stiff challenge.
The field isn’t as strong as the other desert swing events but over the last nine years some definite trends have emerged.
Top-60 on tour for scoring average
The best players on tour usually thrive in Qatar with the likes of Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson and Branden Grace all tasting victory in Doha. Eight of the last ten winners ranked inside the top-60 on tour for scoring average, with 2013 winner Chris Wood and 2017 champion Jeunghun Wang the exceptions.
Top-60 on tour for GIRs
Hitting GIRs is imperative because the rough in Qatar can be thick and it is easy to drop shots. Seven of the last ten winners ranked inside the top-60 on tour for GIRs, with 2010 champion, Robert Karlsson only missing out by six places.
Top-60 on tour in putts per GIR
There are some tough holes at Doha but also plenty of scoring opportunities; Adam Scott fired a final round 61 to win in 2008. Past champions have been adept with the flat stick, with eight of the last ten winners ranked inside the top-60 in putts per GIR.
Players that fit all three trends:
Odds correct at time of publishing: 17:52 2nd Mar, 2020 but subject to change