The European Tour is back in the Middle East this week, after last week’s trip to the Oman Open, with the Doha Golf Club hosting the Qatar Masters.
The course is measured at just over 7,300 yards, with a number of water features. However, its biggest defence is the wind, with strong breezes expected.
Defending champion is Jeunghun Wang, with the South Korean winning on his first visit to this event. He is playing solid golf at the moment, having missed only one cut in his last 12 European Tour events, and clearly likes the course.
Another name for the shortlist is Chris Wood. The Englishman finished second in Oman last week and won here in 2013.
However, we at Lap of the Odds are going to side with Julian Suri. The American is one of the class acts in the field, having won on the European Tour last year, in Denmark, in the wind. Suri has been playing on the PGA Tour of late, with mixed results, but now moves back to swim in swallower waters. His European Tour form shows four top-10 finishes in his last five starts, and a return visit to the winners enclosure can’t be far away.
Our second selection owes more to what we saw last week than any particular knowledge of the player. Julien Guerrier is just making his way in the game, but has already recorded two wins on the Challenge Tour. In trying conditions in Oman last week he finished third, just behind seasoned professionals Joost Luiten and Chris Wood. Yet the Frenchman is still quoted at 70/1 for this tournament, in likely similar conditions. We’ll take a punt.
Suri to win, 1 pt, at 25/1, bet365
Guerrier 0.5 pts each way at 70/1, 1/4 the odds for first five places, bet365
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