The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters takes place on the European Tour this weekend. The action gets underway on Thursday, before the final field of players compete for the prestigious honour in the final round on Sunday. But, which player will have the best chance of picking up success at the event this year?
History Of The European Tour Event
The event has been a decent betting event for golf fans over the past couple of years, as there are traditionally a number of players with competitive odds. This event typically sees a number of the most talented players on the European Tour involved, and that has been highlighted by the recent winners of the event. The prize fund reached an all-time high in 2019, with $1.75 million up for grabs during the event. Last year’s winner of this event was Jorge Campillo, as the Spanish player won the title in a playoff against David Drysdale. The record score set during this event was set by Paul Lawrie and Adam Scott, who both finished with a score of 268 and 20 under par.
The closest that any player has come to emulating that record came in 2015, as South African player Branden Grace finished with a scored of 269. That was one of two successes that Grace has claimed in this event during his career. Only a handful of players have won the event on more than one occasion, with Paul Lawrie and Adam Scott both also being players that have won this event on more than one occasion. Justin Harding was the last South African player to win this event, as he won by two shots on a closest fought contest in 2019. He managed to hold off the challenge from nine other players, who finished in a nine-way tie for second.
Leading Contenders For The Qatar Masters
The current favourite in the BetXChange market for the event is Thomas Pieters, who comes into this event in decent form having finished 15th in the Puerto Rico Open earlier in the year. However, he is yet to win a PGA Tour event, and has recorded four international victories. Antoine Rozner is also prominent in the betting, as he finished in the top ten at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the end of January. George Coetzee, Thomas Detry and Rasmund Hojgaard are also towards the top of the markets.
Adri Arnaus could be a decent each-way chance in the market at present, as he has finished in the top ten in two of the previous four events that he has been involved in. He played excellently when finishing in a tie for ninth in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier in the year. Justin Harding could also be a decent chance at 40.00 with BetXChange, as he won this event back in 2019. He also finished in a tie for 38th at the recent Vivint Houston Open, and there could be more to come.
Pick: Justin Harding at 40.00 with BetXChange (Each-Way)