Commercial Bank Qatar Masters R1

Pepperell frustrated at disqualification, Hojgaard takes lead

March 05-08
Education City Golf Club, Doha, Qatar
$1,750,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Eddie Pepperell believes the manner of his disqualification from the Qatar Masters was “a fair distance away from common sense” as his hopes of qualifying for the Masters took a major blow.

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Pepperell recovered from a slow start to card an opening level-par 71 at Education City Golf Club in Doha, only to be disqualified for signing for a lower score than he had taken on the 17th.


The 2018 champion’s overall score was correct, but a second disqualification in his last six European Tour events left Pepperell struggling to secure a place in the year’s first major at Augusta National.

Pepperell began the week ranked 63rd in the world and needs to be inside the top 50 after the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 30.



The 29-year-old, who was disqualified from November’s Turkish Airlines Open after running out of balls in the third round, wrote on Twitter: “My DQ today wasn’t due to me running out of balls, or hitting anyone, instead, I signed for a wrong score.

“My total, 71, was correct and I indeed signed for that. However, my partner had me down for a 5 on one hole where I made a 6, and a 4 on another, where I made 3.


“I picked him up on it and I changed the card to reflect the fact I actually made a 6 on hole 11 as opposed to a 5, and a 3 on hole 16 as opposed to a 4.

“I then however mistakenly changed the 17th hole, not the 16th hole on my scorecard, and handed it in. Therefore this meant I was disqualified.

“Quite disappointing as I actually took the time to change the original error, only to make a costlier one myself. I asked the referee if this had any bearing on my disqualification but it didn’t.

“The rules are the rules and I 100% accept that, but I can’t help feeling that this particular way of disqualification is a fair distance away from common sense, and that’s also disappointing.

“I enjoyed the course however and hopefully next time I’ll do a better job.”


Denmark’s Nicolai Hojgaard also enjoyed the new venue following a switch from Doha Golf Club, the 18-year-old carding nine birdies and two bogeys in an opening 64 to lead by one shot from Holland’s Joost Luiten.

Hojgaard, whose twin brother Rasmus won the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in December, reached the turn in one under par and birdied six holes in a row from the 10th. Another birdie on the 17th was followed by a bogey on the last.

“It was a good day,” Hojgaard told Sky Sports. “Started out slow, I was playing really bad on the first four, five, six holes and was still actually two under at that point but I was all over the place and my putter was just on fire today.”



Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-7
64
2
Joost Luiten
NED
-6
65
T3
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
66
T3
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-5
66
T3
Jeff Winther
SWE
-5
66
T3
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-5
66
T3
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-5
66
T3
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
66
T9
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-4
67
T9
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-4
67
T9
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
67
T9
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
-4
67
T9
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-4
67
T9
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-4
67
T9
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-4
67
T16
Benjamin Poke
DNK
-3
68
T16
David Coupland
ENG
-3
68
T16
Gregory Havret
FRA
-3
68
T16
Marcel Siem
GER
-3
68
T16
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-3
68
T16
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-3
68
T16
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
68
T16
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
68
T16
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-3
68
T16
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-3
68
T16
Yassine Touhami
MOR
-3
68
T27
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-2
69
T27
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-2
69
T27
Chris Paisley
ENG
-2
69
T27
David Horsey
ENG
-2
69
T27
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
69
T27
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-2
69
T27
Jack Senior
ENG
-2
69
T27
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
69
T27
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
69
T27
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
69
T27
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
69
T27
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
69
T27
Renato Paratore
ITA
-2
69
T27
Romain Langasque
FRA
-2
69
T41
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
70
T41
Alexander Levy
FRA
-1
70
T41
David Law
SCO
-1
70
T41
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
70
T41
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
70
T41
Jake McLeod
AUS
-1
70
T41
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
70
T41
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
70
T41
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-1
70
T41
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
70
T41
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
70
T41
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
70
T41
Lars van Meijel
NED
-1
70
T41
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-1
70
T41
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
70
T41
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
70
T41
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
-1
70
T41
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-1
70
T41
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-1
70
T41
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-1
70
T41
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
-1
70
T41
Taehee Lee
KOR
-1
70
T41
Zander Lombard
RSA
-1
70
T64
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
71
T64
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
71
T64
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
Par
71
T64
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
71
T64
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
Par
71
T64
Graeme Storm
ENG
Par
71
T64
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
Par
71
T64
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
71
T64
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
71
T64
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
71
T64
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
71
T64
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
71
T64
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
71
T64
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
71
T64
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
Par
71
T64
Toby Tree
ENG
Par
71
T64
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
Par
71
T81
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
1
72
T81
Adria Arnaus
ESP
1
72
T81
Brandon Robinson-Thompson
ENG
1
72
T81
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
72
T81
Connor Syme
SCO
1
72
T81
Haotong Li
CHN
1
72
T81
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
1
72
T81
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
72
T81
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
72
T81
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
72
T81
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
72
T81
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
72
T81
Oliver Wilson
ENG
1
72
T81
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
72
T81
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
72
T81
Robert Rock
ENG
1
72
T81
Sihwan Kim
KOR
1
72
T81
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
72
T81
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
72
T81
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
72
T101
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
73
T101
Darius van Driel
NED
2
73
T101
Garrick Porteous
ENG
2
73
T101
Grant Forrest
SCO
2
73
T101
Haydn Porteous
RSA
2
73
T101
Hugo Leon
CHI
2
73
T101
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
2
73
T101
James Morrison
ENG
2
73
T101
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
2
73
T101
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
2
73
T101
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
73
T101
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
2
73
T101
Ricardo Santos
POR
2
73
T101
Scott Hend
AUS
2
73
T101
Shergo Al Kurdi
JOR
2
73
T116
Adrian Meronk
POL
3
74
T116
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
74
T116
Ashley Chesters
ENG
3
74
T116
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
74
T116
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
74
T116
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
3
74
T116
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
3
74
T116
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
74
T116
Oliver Farr
WAL
3
74
T116
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
3
74
T116
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
3
74
T116
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
74
T116
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
3
74
T116
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
3
74
T130
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
4
75
T130
Dale Whitnell
ENG
4
75
T130
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
FRA
4
75
T130
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
75
T130
Robin Roussel
FRA
4
75
T135
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
5
76
T135
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
5
76
T135
Paul Lawrie
SCO
5
76
138
Michael Young
IRL
7
78
139
Saleh Al Kaabi
QAT
8
79
T140
Ali Al-Shahrani
QAT
9
80
T140
Calum Hill
SCO
9
80
142
David Howell
ENG
10
81
DSQ
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
71
RET
Paul Waring
ENG
Par