Well we are testing our mid-tournament 10th tee strategy again. Having fired two blanks from the get-go last week we landed 18/1 Joost Luiten as an additional half-way stage bet. Two more blanks this week and we are reaching for the Mulligan again.
Joost was five behind and lying 7th in Oman at this stage. The bunched nature of the Qatar Masters leaderboard means five back is tied 26th – you’re getting no favours there from leaders stuttering, anyone that far back has to do all the work for themselves.
As such, we’ll look closer to the front. We like leader Adrian Otaegui after he won the Lawrie Matchplay for us last year. He just couldn’t find the birdies last week when in contention and looks short enough at the midway odds to hold off those gathered behind.
We prefer burly Saffer George Coetzee. Beefy George is a three time tour winner, but should probably have nearer 10 wins. He is a notorious choker down the stretch under intense pressure, but he laid a few ghosts to rest last year, and his three wins have all come in low key affairs like this one.
He played beautifully for a 66 on day two, he is just one under for the par 5s, usually his forte, master those and he can sweep to the front in the near future – he then just needs to keep his cool. He looks the one to back.
Recommendation: George Coetzee, Qatar Masters, 1pt win, 10/1 Skybet
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