Venue: Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar
Date: March 7-10, 2019
Course stats: Par 72, 7,400 yards
Course summary: The Peter Harradine design has light rough that favours the big hitters if they can avoid the eight artificial lakes that are in play on six of the holes including the 18th. All the par threes are tough and the wind usually plays a factor at the exposed desert links as it picks up towards the afternoon.
Defending champion: Eddie Pepperell
Weather forecast: As expected, the weather is due to be warm and windy in the Qatar desert. The opening day and Saturday are due to be warm and cloudy while the sun will come out for Friday and the final day on Sunday.
Qatar Masters TV Coverage
Thursday: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf, 7.30am
Friday: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf, 7.30am
Saturday: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf, 9am
Sunday: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf, 9am
Qatar Masters betting tips: Easy-way tips
I’m never a big fan of backing the winner from the week before, particularly because they see a significant price drop. However, Kurt Kitayama is proving himself to be a tremendous wind player with his win last week in Oman and his maiden victory in Mauritius.
The American is making his debut at the Qatar Masters so can still be found at a high price at around 60/1 and you’d expect him to carry his form over from last week and flirt with the top 10.
Thomas Aiken hasn’t made a great start to his 2019 season but has plenty to offer with his course form at Doha Golf Club.
The South African has recorded three finishes inside the top six in his last seven starts here and is priced at 80/1 heading into the week.
So that’s who Matthew thinks could defy the odds this week. But who is in the frame to walk off with first prize? Turn the page to find out who is leading picks are for this week’s Qatar Masters betting tips.