Starts: 24th March 2022
Course: Doha GC, Qatar
Par: 72 (36-36)
Length: 7,466 yards
2021 Champion: Antoine Rozner
Designer: Peter Harradine
Type of Course: Desert
Used Since: 1998
Greens: Sizeable, contoured
Par 5's: 1st, 9th, 10th & 18th
Premium on: Wind play/desert form
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
The tour returns to the UAE after a few weeks in Africa. Be aware that Doha GC is the host course this year. It hosted the event between 1998-2019.
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
The greens have now changed to Paspalum grass.
Wind is set to affect the event this week with the late-early starters in round 1 and 2 likely to have an advantage.
Sunny. Winds of 7-11mph.
Sunny. Winds of 12-18mph.
Sunny. Winds of 18-24mph.
Sunny. Winds of 21-24mph.
between 2006 and 2019, the winning score was between -13 and -20. Given the weather forecast we could see a much tougher test this week.
Winners at Doha between 2019 and 2009 were ranked 74-154-60-11-79-11-142-78-134-31-74 (most recent first). However, we should remember that this event used to attract a much higher class of field.
We shouldn't totally dismiss Education City form, Jorge Campillo was 2nd at Doha before winning at Education City. Several other players have top 10 finishes at both venues.
2019 and 2017 winners, Justin Harding and Jeung-Hun Wang, were making their debuts at Doha but every other champion between 2019 and 2010 had previously had a top 15 finish.
Justin Harding is the only player between 2009 and 2019 to have missed the cut in the week prior to his win. Five of the last eleven winners had posted a top 20 the week before winning.
No nationality has dominated throughout the years at Doha but there have been six South African victories.
Note - We have limited Strokes Gained Data.
Rankings of past five winners at Doha GC have been 31-77-37-8-11 (most recent first).
Rankings of past five winners at Doha GC have been 20-3-40-76-106 (most recent first).
Greens in Regulation
Rankings of past five winners at Doha GC have been 50-16-26-30-7 (most recent first).
Rankings of past three winners at Doha GC have been 13-9-7 (most recent first).
Putts Per GIR
Rankings of past five winners at Doha GC have been 10-9-15-5-2 (most recent first).
The par 4 14th hole played as the hardest hole in 2019. The 11th, 13th and 15th played as the next three hardest so beware when betting in play.
The driveable par 4 16th played as the easiest in 2019 followed by the four par 5s.
Fast or Slow Start
Much can depend on the weather. The past two champions at Doha GC have been inside the top 3 after the opening round. However, the two champions before that were all outside the top 20.
The 16th and 18th were the two easiest holes on the course in 2019.
Players We Almost Backed
NOTE - These are players who we shortlisted for this event but ultimately didn't advise to subscribers. If you want to find out who we did tip, you can subscribe using the link below.
Kristoffer Broberg 125/1
Strong links record and nice tee time made him a player of interest. May look to pick him up in-play if he starts well.
Sami Valimaki 125/1
Promising finish last week and a previous winner in the Middle East, the initial 175/1 was tempting but looks to be on the wrong side of the draw and subsequently shortened to 125/1.
Nino Bertasio 125/1
Another who initially appealed but wrong side of the draw was enough to put us off.
Wade Ormsby 125/1
Ticks a lot of boxes this week but Doha GC record is strangely poor.
Garrick Porteous 160/1
Strong recent form and a good wind player, we wanted 200/1 and so left out.
Andrea Pavan 350/1
On the wrong side of the draw or would have been under further consideration. A big result coming soon.
Lorenzo Gagli 500/1
A recent father, he's shown signs of life to date and with a solid Qatar record (albeit his best has been at Education City), he was under consideration. Others ultimately preferred.