Qatar Masters Fantasy Preview

It was a solid week in Abu Dhabi last week and the Euro Tour stays in the Middle East for this week’s Qatar Masters.

The course is Doha GC. It’s a par 72 layout that checks in at exactly 7,400 yards. The course is standard in terms of difficulty (Field Average of 71.8 over the last 10 years).

The all-time money leaders at this event are Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quireos, Paul Lawrie, Adam Scott, Robert Karlsson, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, and Chris Wood. You see A LOT of length off the tee on the list, but overall it’s just pure class. It’s good sign for a course when the cream rises to the top like that.

Players to Watch

George Coetzee… Rarely finds my lineups because he’s often over-valued but his track record at Doha speaks for itself. Four straight top 15s after a T35 in his 2012 debut. Count me in this week.

Thomas Aiken … Three South Africans are inside the top 10 money list at this event, so why not Aiken? He’s a steady Eddie but the upside is there too. That is evidenced by sixth-place and fifth-place finishes on his Qatar resume.

Bernd Wiesberger … Has the highest baseline of strokes gained on the Euro Tour of anyone in the field (since 2015). Add in a pair of top 15s in his last two visits to Doha, and he’s definitely one to target.

Rafa Cabrera Bello … RCB brings the best mix of talent and course history. If I had to pick just one golfer this week, he’d be my man.

Jeunghun Wang … Just missed out on my top 25 due to lack of course history. Has top 20s in four of his last five starts international so I like the way he’s playing at the moment.

Romain Langasque … Might be the Jon Rahm of the European Tour. He’s making an immediate impact and having no troubles adjusting to new courses. Just missed out on my top 25 but he’s one to keep backing in DFS lineups.

Courses Horses … Keeping things simple, here are a list of guys that stand out in terms of past performance at the course:

George Coetzee
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Alvaro Quiros
Paul Lawrie
Thongchai Jaidee
Johan Carlsson
Thorbjorn Olesen
Chris Wood
Alejandro Canizares
Mikko Ilonen

My Top 25 for the Qatar Masters

1. Rafa Cabrera Bello
2. Bernd Wiesberger
3. Thomas Aiken
4. Martin Kaymer
5. George Coetzee
6. Alex Noren
7. Chris Wood
8. Graeme McDowell
9. Alejandro Canizares
10. Tommy Fleetwood
11. Thongchai Jaidee
12. Maximilian Kieffer
13. Pablo Larrazabal
14. Nicolas Colsaerts
15. Peter Hanson
16. Jaco Van Zyl
17. Dean Burmester
18. Jorge Campillo
19. Gregory Bourdy
20. Joost Luiten
21. Anthony Wall
22. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
23. Bradley Dredge
24. Ricardo Gouveia
25. Thorbjorn Olesen

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