Monday, 25 January 2016
Qatar Masters  (European Tour)
Qatar Masters (European Tour)

South Africa's Branden Grace will begin the defence of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Wednesday alongside Sergio Garcia and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Grace, who finished in the top five of last week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, is looking to emulate Paul Lawrie and Adam Scott in lifting the Mother of Pearl trophy on more than one occasion, and joining them is 21 year old Matthew Fitzpatrick, who will make his second Qatar Masters appearance when the trio tee off on the first hole Wednesday at 11.40am local time.


Former champion Thomas Bjørn has been grouped with two of the European Tour's brightest stars at 11.20am on Wednesday. South Africa's Brandon Stone and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard, both of whom ranked in the top ten in our Top 25 Players under 25 list, will hope to learn from Bjørn who took home the title here in 2011.

Teeing off ten minutes earlier on the first tee is a group that features two Open champions and another former winner of this event - Paul Lawrie and John Daly will be joined by Sweden's Robert Karlsson for the first two rounds.

Lawrie holds the 72 hole scoring record here at Doha Golf Club with a 20 under par total of 268, which earned the Scot his second of eight European Tour titles.


Two further Open champions in the field are in the 7.30am match, teeing off on the tenth hole. South African compatriots Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen have the company of Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee for the first two days.

Søren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood and Kiradech Aphibarnrat all featured in the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia two weeks ago and will be no doubt sharing stories of that week when they tee off ahead of the Els, Oosthuizen and Jaidee group Wednesday, at 7.20am.


Fresh off a runner-up finish last week in Abu Dhabi, Thomas Pieters will hope to keep his good form up when he tees off Wednesday at 11.30am alongside Austria's Bernd Wiesberger and BMW SA Open winner Haydn Porteous.

Like Pieters, reigning US Amateur champion, Bryson DeChambeau made headlines last week in Abu Dhabi, firing an opening round 64. The American is a tournament invite this week and starts his debut on the tenth tee with Eduardo De La Riva and Gary Boyd.



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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1GRACE, BrandenRSA18-14
T2OLESEN, ThorbjørnDEN18-12
T4DREDGE, BradleyWAL18-11
T4JOHNSTON, AndrewENG18-11

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