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The Commercialbank Qatar Masters
Doha, Qatar 26 Jan 2006 - 29 Jan 2006
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Els on the verge of history in Qatar
Ernie Els has made a significant impact on European Tour history already with his 22 tournament victories and his back to back successes in the Order of Merit in 2003 and 2004. But now the South African stands on the verge of equalling one of the Tour’s all time records as he heads into this week’s Commercialbank Qatar Masters. For nearly a decade, the record of the most consecutive cuts on The European Tour has been held by the 2004 Ryder Cup Captain, Bernhard Langer, the German teeing up at the weekend in every tournament he played between the 1991 PGA Championship at Wentworth Club and the same tournament in 1996, a grand total of 69 events.
Denison Challenges in Qatar
England’s Danny Denison belied his status as the field's sole amateur after a sensational opening round of 67, five under par, in The Commercialbank Qatar Masters left him just one stroke behind the early first round leader, Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina.
Gonzalez riding high to share Qatar lead with Stenson
There are many different ways to prepare for a golf tournament but perhaps one of the most uncommon is on horseback playing polo. However, that was the route Ricardo Gonzalez took in preparation for The Commercialbank Qatar Masters and it seemed to pay dividends as the Argentine moved into a share of the first round lead with Henrik Stenson at Doha Golf Club.
Stenson grabs the lead in Qatar
It is a measure of a golfer’s ability that, even when not playing at the top of his game he can still post a score on the board. Henrik Stenson proved that, along with his growing stature on The European Tour, when he moved into the lead at the halfway stage of The Commercialbank Qatar Masters. The 29 year Swede was not as fluent as during his opening 66 at the impressive Doha Golf Club but, nevertheless, his battling 68 for a ten under par total of 134 was sufficient to see him move into pole position in the race for the €275,456 (£188,716) first prize.
Stenson in pole position to go one better in Qatar
Last year he had a two shot lead going into the final round at Doha Golf Club but eventually finished in second place. This year Henrik Stenson’s advantage going into the final round of The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters might be only one, but the Swede remained doubly determined to put right the wrongs of twelve months ago. The 29 year old led by a shot at the start of the day and could have been further ahead but for a disappointing finish. He missed a makeable birdie putt at the 16th from a couple of feet and then proceeded to bogey the par five 18th after pushing his three iron second shot, pitching and three putting.
Swede Success for Stenson as he wins the Commercialbank Qatar Masters
Henrik Stenson finally delivered the victory his superb golf has been threatening of late when he captured The Commercialbank Qatar Masters at a windswept Doha Golf Club. The 29 year old Swede - second last year to Ernie Els - ensured he went one better with a supremely controlled performance in tough conditions, his final round 68 for a 15 under par total of 273, good enough for a three shot victory over his nearest challenger, England's Paul Broadhurst. The 2003 champion Darren Fichardt of South Africa took third place on 11 under par 277 while a quartet of players - Nick Dougherty and Richard Finch of England, Niclas Fasth of Sweden and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina - claimed a share of fourth on nine under par 279.
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