Golf betting tips for the CommercialBank Qatar Masters 2014, @gbenno79 returns with this weeks European tour tips after narrowly missing out with Luiten for a place last week, be very very quick getting on if you fancy a bet on this, it starts in just a few hours!!!
Course : Doha Golf Club, 7,400 yards, Par 72. This weeks event is held at another of Peter Harradine’s courses which was opened in 1996. Doha Golf course is a very different test from the Abu Dhabi course which was played last week. At Doha you can get away with the odd poor tee shot due to the rough not being so penal. The water hazards here our a big factor which are
featured on holes 3,8,9,13,15,18 plus the par 3’s play particularly strong. At 7,400 yards you would think that the bigger hitters would have an advantage but its not always the case here.
Inside The Field : 126 players will line up for the Qatar Masters from 25 different countries. After Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal’s triumph in Abu Dhabi, The European Tour’s ‘desert swing’ moves to Qatar this week for the 17th edition of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. Ten of the world’s Top 50 players are in action at Doha Golf Club, with the strong international field including eight Major Champions. Headlining the field this week will be Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. The world number 3 and winner in Qatar eight years ago, will be targeting a quick return to the kind of form that resulted in him being crowned the 2013 Race to Dubai champion, having missed the cut last week – the first time he has missed a European Tour cut since the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Previous Winners :
2013 – C.Wood
2012 – P.Lawrie
2011 – T.Bjorn
2010 – R.Karlsson
2009 – A.Quiros
Tournament Records :
72 Hole Record : 268, Paul Lawrie ( 1999), Adam Scott ( 2008 )
18 Hole Record : 61, Adam Scott ( 2008 )
Golf Betting Tips:
My selections this week for the CommercialBank Qatar Masters are very similar to last weeks picks due to the events history, generally to get over the line here in Doha you must be an experienced campaigner who has already had a victory to date on his CV. There is also a trend that players who have won or performed well at the Johnnie Walker Championship usually have a good week. Also keep an eye out for Scandinavian players who have also excelled here.
Thomas Bjorn 18/1 e/w – Open a new William Hill account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet.
Thomas has become a proven winner again after a 4 year slump between 2006 and 2010. In the last 4 years he has gone on to win on six occasions, making his total wins on the European Tour, fifteen. Thomas most recently won the Nedbank Golf Challenge, back in December 2013. Bjorn, who won this tournament back in 2011 by beating Alvaro Quiros, Qatar Masters Champ of 2009, must be full of confidence even though last week Thomas did falter with back to back par 72’s on Saturday and Sunday.
Tommy Fleetwood 55/1 e/w – Open a new Ladbrokes account by clicking this link, and get a £50 free bet!
Formby Hall member, Tommy, got his first win on the European Tour last year, at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles beating Stephen Gallacher and Ricardo Gonzalez. At only 22, the future looks bright for the man from Southport. Although Tommy faltered last week alongside Thomas Bjorn – see above – he has started 2014 in very good form, with the stat mentioned previous regarding former champs of the Johnnie Walker Championship going well here, Tommy must be on the short list of contenders for our golf betting tips.
Stephen Gallacher 55/1 e/w – Open a new Betfred account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet.
Gallacher performed well last week at the Abu Dhabi Championship, finishing in 8th place after rounds of 68 and 69 over the weekend. He can carry on this good form here in Doha. Stephen finished 2nd to Tommy Fleetwood at Gleneagles in the Johnnie Walker Championship, which is always a good guide here when looking for ‘each way’ value. In 2013 Gallacher totalled 6 top ten finishes and looks to have brought his good form into 2014.
Henrik Stenson 8/1 win – Open a new Sporting Bet account by clicking this link and get a ‘Risk Free’ £50 bet.
Stenson won this tournament back in 2006, beating Paul Broadhurst by 3 strokes. The Swede has upped his game over the last year, winning on three separate occasions in 2013. Henrik became the first European to win both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same year. Since then, he has gone off the boil a little, but no doubt he will turn his form around very soon. Stensons best effort here in the last five years was finishing 2nd behind Alvaro Quiros in 2009.
David Howell 125/1 e/w – Open a new Coral account by clicking this link bet just £5 and get a free £20 bet!
David is a likely outsider here at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. He got back to winning ways for the first time in seven years after beating the American Peter Uihlein, at the home of golf, St. Andrews, in the Alfred Dunhill Links Golf Championship after a tight play-off. Howell is a very experienced performer, playing in many Majors / World Golf Championships, over the years. He finished fifth here back in 2011, when Danishman, Thomas Bjorn, was the eventual victor.
Good luck this week all.