Qatar Masters Betting Tips & Results

Betting Tips for 24th to 27th March 2022

Doha Golf Club was one of the first Gulf golf courses to host a European Tour event. Ever since making its debut as the host of the 1998 Qatar Masters it has developed a very strong reputation. The course features some quality risk/reward holes and is rarely a pushover thanks largely to the presence of strong desert winds (more on this later). It was, therefore, a disappointment for many that the Qatar Masters was switched to Education City in 2020 and 2021 but it is back in what many regard as its rightful home this week.

Many of the players in the field for this week’s event have previous experience of Doha GC. Their sense of familiarity with the venue will be tempered somewhat though as the course has undergone renovation work since the European Tour was last in town. The biggest adjustments will have to be made on the greens which have all had their old Bermuda grass surfaces replaced with Paspallum. Many of the greens have also been either enlarged or reworked, so course form is unlikely to be quite as important as usual in deciding the 2022 Qatar Masters winner.

The weather, though, will likely have an even bigger impact in deciding the eventual winner than the renovations. The wind is the biggest defender of par at Doha Golf Club and the forecast suggests that it is going to be wild over the weekend. Expect lots of players who take advantage of the benign conditions on Thursday and Friday to have their title challenge blown away on Saturday and Sunday. On the other hand, players with proven form in the wind who keep themselves in contention early on can improve their positions considerably and it’s those who can handle conditions who should form the basis of any staking plan.

As an experienced South African golfer, George Coetzee knows how to play well in the wind. The 35-year-old has battled most conditions on the golf course so may actually be hoping for gusty winds in Doha. Coetzee is also something of a course specialist having missed just one cut at Doha GC and finishing inside the top 10 a really impressive five times. Coetzee’s tournament history includes two runner-up finishes and he can finally go one better to win at odds of 20/1, truly cracking each way value.

The other two selections for the 2022 Qatar Masters come from much lower down in the market. The first is Sebastian Soderberg who can be backed at 90/1 in places. The Swede has gone under the radar so far this season but his performances have been more pleasing than his results suggest. He has played at Doha GC just once before but did well enough to finish 20th and this could be the week he really kicks on to return nicely for each way backers.

Then there’s Eddie Pepperell. The Englishman’s slide down the world rankings and loss of form has been nothing short of alarming but this could well be the event that allows him to turns things around. Pepperell has admitted to thinking a bit too much about his golf swing lately which has impacted on his ability to just play golf. The strong winds should actually free him up and he is forced to rely on his feel to manipulate his ball flight and that could bring welcome relief. Pepperell is also a former Qatar Masters champion having won his maiden European Tour event at this venue in 2018 and he is tempting for each way support at triple-digit odds of 100/1.

Past Winners

Year Course Winner
2022 Doha Golf Club Ewen Ferguson

2022: Ewen Ferguson

Ewen Ferguson was admirably honest after his victory in the 2022 Qatar Masters. The 25 year old admitted that he struggled with the pressure of trying to close out his first win on the DP World Tour. That much was obvious to anybody watching as he made a horrible start to his final round with a double bogey on the second hole. Ferguson was able to draw on his experience of falling out of contention at the Magical Kenya Open and battle through successfully.

It wasn’t just the pressure of a maiden win working against Ferguson. He also had to cope with the worst of the weather in Qatar as the desert winds whipped up. Perhaps due to the amount of golf he played in inclement conditions growing up in Scotland, Ferguson appeared well equipped to deal with the wind, displaying excellent control of his ball flight.

A large number of players lined up behind Ferguson to challenge him for the title. In the end it was Chase Hanna who pushed him hardest but the American could only reach -6, one shot worse than Ferguson. “I’m absolutely buzzing,” Ferguson said afterwards. “It’s the sweetest day of my life, never mind my golf career.”