Commercial Bank Qatar Masters - R1

Arnaus and Walters lead the way in Doha

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March 07-10
Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar
$1,750,000

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Adri Arnaus and Justin Walters topped a congested leaderboard at Doha Golf Club as they carded first rounds of 67 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

“It was a lot of fun, honestly. The wind picked up early, but we kept the ball in play most of the time and gave myself good looks. I was able to take advantage of those, so I’m pretty pleased. Compared to practice rounds, we had to be aware of major wind today. The lines stayed the same, so hitting good swings was good enough.

“It was so good being in contention last year, and then at the end being able to close it out at the Challenge Tour Grand Final gave me the belief that I could go on and do it on a bigger stage.”

Arnaus, in his first full season on the European Tour after graduating from the European Challenge Tour, set the clubhouse target of five under par after he opened his round with a birdie on the tenth hole and then reached the turn four under par after a birdie on the 16th and an eagle on the 18th.

A bogey on the fifth hole cancelled out his third birdied of the day on the second, but he finished with a birdie on the ninth to take the lead after the morning session.

Walters was one of just two golfers to go bogey-free on the Peter Harradine-designed course. The South African also opened his round with a birdie and then made four gains in seven holes around the turn to join Arnaus at the top of the leaderboard.

“Warming up today in the wind I was thinking anything under par would be a great score, so to go five under I’m ecstatic.

“I putted really well, certainly when I left myself a bit of work to do. Short game was really good today, I’ve done a lot of work on that. I haven’t done that in a while, even in calm conditions, so to do it in conditions like this is very welcome.

“I got in the right frame of mind around the turn. If you’re one or two under you feel as though it could go either way, but I made some solid birdies and that gave me a big boost.”

Walters’ compatriots George Coetzee and Justin Harding are two of seven golfers who share third place on four under par and 19 golfers are tied for tenth place on three under par, including last week’s Oman Open winner Kurt Kitayama.

“I was slow out the blocks, but hit the ball pretty good, putted pretty well.,” said Coetzee . “It’s tricky with the wind and the dust. It’s the golf course that makes me play with sunglasses, so I’m glad I’ve got them.

“I like this golf course. It suits my eye. I enjoy playing it and I see the shots I’m playing more than I do on a lot of other tracks.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Hole
R1
T1
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-5
18
67
T1
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
18
67
T3
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
18
68
T3
George Coetzee
RSA
-4
18
68
T3
Hugo Leon
CHI
-4
18
68
T3
Justin Harding
RSA
-4
18
68
T3
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
18
68
T3
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
18
68
T3
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-4
18
68
T10
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-3
18
69
T10
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-3
18
69
T10
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-3
18
69
T10
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
18
69
T10
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-3
18
69
T10
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-3
18
69
T10
Lee Slattery
ENG
-3
18
69
T10
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-3
18
69
T10
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
18
69
T10
Nick Cullen
AUS
-3
18
69
T10
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-3
18
69
T10
Paul Waring
ENG
-3
18
69
T10
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
18
69
T10
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
18
69
T10
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
18
69
T10
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-3
18
69
T10
Stuart Manley
WAL
-3
18
69
T10
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
18
69
T10
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
17
T29
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-2
18
70
T29
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
18
70
T29
Ben Evans
ENG
-2
18
70
T29
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-2
18
70
T29
Jeff Winther
SWE
-2
18
70
T29
Niclas Johansson
SWE
-2
18
70
T29
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-2
18
70
T29
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
18
70
T29
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-2
18
70
T38
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
18
71
T38
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-1
18
71
T38
Brandon Stone
RSA
-1
18
71
T38
David Horsey
ENG
-1
18
71
T38
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
18
71
T38
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-1
18
71
T38
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-1
18
71
T38
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-1
18
71
T38
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
18
71
T38
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
18
71
T38
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
18
71
T38
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
-1
18
71
T38
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
18
71
T38
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-1
18
71
T38
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
18
71
T53
Adrian Meronk
POL
Par
18
72
T53
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
18
72
T53
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
18
72
T53
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
Par
18
72
T53
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
18
72
T53
Clement Sordet
FRA
Par
18
72
T53
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
18
72
T53
David Drysdale
SCO
Par
18
72
T53
David Howell
ENG
Par
18
72
T53
David Lipsky
USA
Par
18
72
T53
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
Par
18
72
T53
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
18
72
T53
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
18
72
T53
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
Par
18
72
T53
Jorge Campillo
ESP
Par
18
72
T53
Liam Johnston
SCO
Par
18
72
T53
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
18
72
T53
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
18
72
T53
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
18
72
T53
Matthias Schwab
AUT
Par
18
72
T53
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
Par
18
72
T53
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
18
72
T53
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
18
72
T53
Sam Brazel
AUS
Par
18
72
T53
Scott Gregory
ENG
Par
18
72
T53
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
18
72
T53
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
Par
18
72
T53
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
18
72
T53
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
18
72
T82
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
1
18
73
T82
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
18
73
T82
Charlie Saxon
USA
1
18
73
T82
David Law
SCO
1
18
73
T82
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
1
18
73
T82
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
18
73
T82
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
1
18
73
T82
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
18
73
T82
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
1
18
73
T82
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
1
18
73
T82
Kim Koivu
FIN
1
18
73
T82
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
1
18
73
T82
Max Schmitt
GER
1
18
73
T82
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
18
73
T82
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
18
73
T82
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
18
73
T82
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
1
18
73
T82
Steven Brown
ENG
1
18
73
T82
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
1
18
73
T82
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
17
T82
Tom Murray
ENG
1
17
T103
Aaron Rai
ENG
2
18
74
T103
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
2
18
74
T103
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
18
74
T103
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
18
74
T103
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
18
74
T103
Mitch Waite
ENG
2
18
74
T103
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
18
74
T103
Per Laengfors
SWE
2
18
74
T103
Romain Wattel
FRA
2
18
74
T103
Sam Locke
SCO
2
18
74
T113
Chris Wood
ENG
3
18
75
T113
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
18
75
T113
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
3
18
75
T113
Niklas Lemke
SWE
3
18
75
T113
Richard McEvoy
ENG
3
18
75
T113
Sean Crocker
USA
3
18
75
T113
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
3
18
75
T120
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
4
18
76
T120
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
18
76
T120
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
18
76
T120
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
4
18
76
T120
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
4
18
76
T120
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
4
18
76
T120
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
18
76
T120
Peter Hanson
SWE
4
18
76
T120
Scott Hend
AUS
4
18
76
T120
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
4
18
76
T130
Ashun Wu
CHI
5
18
77
T130
David Borda
ESP
5
18
77
T130
Espen Kofstad
NOR
5
18
77
T130
Romain Langasque
FRA
5
18
77
T130
Tom Lewis
ENG
5
18
77
T135
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
6
18
78
T135
Saleh Al Kaabi
QAT
6
18
78
T135
Victor Perez
FRA
6
18
78
T138
Faycal Serghini
MOR
7
18
79
T138
Renato Paratore
ITA
7
18
79
T140
Mike Toorop
NED
8
18
80
T140
Paul Lawrie
SCO
8
18
80
142
Mikkel Mathiesen
DEN
9
18
81
143
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
10
18
82
144
Jaham Alkuwari
QAT
14
18
86
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