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The Qatar Masters is a European Tour golf tournament held at Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar. When founded in 1998, it was one of two European Tour events to be staged in the Arabian Peninsula, but is currently one of six.[1] From 2005 to 2007 the tournament was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Qatar Masters logo.png
LocationDoha, Qatar
Established1998
Course(s)Doha Golf Club
Par72
Length7,400 yards (6,800 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$1,750,000 (in 2019)
Month playedFebruary / March
Aggregate268 Paul Lawrie (1999)
268 Adam Scott (2008)
To par−20 Paul Lawrie (1999)
−20 Adam Scott (2008)
England Eddie Pepperell
Doha GC is located in Qatar
Doha GC
Doha GC
Location in Qatar
Branden Grace, winner in 2015 and 2016, here posing with the trophy after his second victory.

The tournament had modest fields in its early years, but with the aid of "promotional" money paid to top golfers to appear, and being scheduled within a three week period that included events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it developed to have one of the European Tour's strongest fields.

In 2018, due to travel restrictions between the UAE and Qatar as a result of the ongoing diplomatic dispute in the Arab World, it was moved to later in the year, and is no longer held at the same time as the Abu Dhabi and Dubai events. The date change coincided with a reduction in prize money, and resulted in a lower field strength than previous editions.[2]

WinnersEdit

European Tour event

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
2018 Eddie Pepperell   England 270 −18 1 stroke   Oliver Fisher
2017 Wang Jeung-hun   South Korea 272 −16 Playoff   Joakim Lagergren
  Jaco van Zyl
2016 Branden Grace (2)   South Africa 274 −14 2 strokes   Rafael Cabrera-Bello
  Thorbjørn Olesen
2015 Branden Grace   South Africa 269 −19 1 stroke   Marc Warren
2014 Sergio García   Spain 272 −16 Playoff   Mikko Ilonen
2013 Chris Wood   England 270 −18 1 stroke   George Coetzee
  Sergio García
Commercialbank Qatar Masters
2012 Paul Lawrie (2)   Scotland 201 −15 4 strokes   Jason Day
  Peter Hanson
2011 Thomas Bjørn   Denmark 274 −14 4 strokes   Álvaro Quirós
2010 Robert Karlsson   Sweden 273 −15 3 strokes   Álvaro Quirós
2009 Álvaro Quirós   Spain 269 −19 3 strokes   Louis Oosthuizen
  Henrik Stenson
2008 Adam Scott (2)   Australia 268 −20 3 strokes   Henrik Stenson

European Tour and Asian Tour event

Year* Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Asian Euro
Commercialbank Qatar Masters
2007 2007 Retief Goosen   South Africa 273 −15 1 stroke   Nick O'Hern
2006 2006 Henrik Stenson   Sweden 273 −15 3 strokes   Paul Broadhurst
Qatar Masters
2005 2005 Ernie Els   South Africa 276 −12 1 stroke   Henrik Stenson

* The first year listed is the one in which the tournament was played and the Asian Tour season which it belonged to. The second year listed is the European Tour season that it fell into.

European Tour event

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
Qatar Masters
2004 Joakim Haeggman   Sweden 272 −16 1 stroke   Nobuhito Sato
2003 Darren Fichardt   South Africa 275 −13 Playoff   James Kingston
2002 Adam Scott   Australia 269 −19 6 strokes   Nick Dougherty
  Jean-François Remésy
2001 Tony Johnstone   Zimbabwe 274 −14 2 strokes   Robert Karlsson
2000 Rolf Muntz   Netherlands 280 −8 5 strokes   Ian Woosnam
1999 Paul Lawrie   Scotland 268 −20 7 strokes   Søren Kjeldsen
  Phillip Price
1998 Andrew Coltart   Scotland 270 −18 2 strokes   Andrew Sherborne
  Patrik Sjöland

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European Tour - Qatar Masters - History". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ "European Tour changes Desert Swing schedule to have Abu Dhabi and Dubai back-to-back". The National. 7 September 2017.

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