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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Jeunghun Wang  (Getty Images)
Jeunghun Wang (Getty Images)

Defending champion Jeunghun Wang is hopeful a return to a happy hunting ground at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters can be a springboard up the Official World Golf Ranking this week.

The South Korean claimed his third European Tour win in eight months last season at Doha Golf Club to reach a career-high ranking of 39th and earn himself access to golf's biggest events.

Wang made just four of his next 15 cuts over the summer but has missed just one since the US PGA Championship, with four top 30s in the desert, and is confident he can start moving up from his current position of World Number 123.

"I'm so happy to be back in Qatar," he said. "I love playing this course so I'm very excited to get back out there and I think my game is ready to go too.

"I played really well here last year, obviously, as I won! I hope I can play similar to last year. I didn't expect those wins so early on the European Tour, even my first one in Morocco – I couldn't believe it and I still can't. I'm still trying to win every tournament so hopefully I play well this week.

"This was my biggest win in terms of the field and the prize money so this is a big tournament for me. It got me into Majors and WGC events.

"They were incredible experiences for me. I learned a lot from watching the best players in the world, and also from the golf courses. I really want to get back into those fields this year."

I'm still trying to win every tournament so hopefully I play well this week - Jeunghun Wang

Wang's one missed cut in his last 12 events came at the season-opener in Hong Kong but he has played four weekends since the turn of year.

That has given the 22 year old some confidence coming into this week and he believes he can be right at the top of the leaderboard if he can get his putter going.

"I'm hitting the ball well now but my putting is not very good," he said. "I'm working on it a lot so hopefully it works this week. It's getting better and I've made all four cuts in my events this year and I played well in those events, so I feel really good coming into this week.

"I like windy courses and I like this course too. I also have good memories so I love playing here and it should be fun."

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T4FERNANDEZ - CASTAÑO, GonzaloESP18-15
T4LARRAZÁBAL, PabloESP18-15

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