Qatar Masters 2017

Round 4 - Jeunghun Wang wins in a playoff

January 30, 2017

South Korea's Jeunghun Wang rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win the Qatar Masters after a three-way playoff on Sunday, clinching his third title on the European Tour.

The 21-year-old Wang, who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, shot a 1-under 71 and was joined in the playoff by South Africa's Jaco van Zyl (68) and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren (66). The trio finished on a 16-under 272 total.

On the first playoff hole - the par-5 No. 18 - Van Zyl three-putted for par and Lagergren also could only make a par after finding the fairway bunker.

Wang was named Rookie of the Year on the European Tour last season.

It was the 60th-ranked Wang's third win on the European Tour in just 29 starts, having won twice in May last year.

France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera (66) made a remarkable charge and reached 17 under with two holes to play, but back-to-back bogeys saw him drop to a share of fourth place with South Africa's Thomas Aiken (68) on 15 under.

Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (68) and Nacho Elvira (70) were tied sixth, one shot further behind, along with England's Jordan Smith (66).

On the extra hole, Wang was left with a three-foot birdie putt after his chipped attempt went close. Van Zyl had looked the favorite after finding the No. 18 green in two shots, but he made his second three-putt of the day to settle for a par.

Lagergren hit his second shot into the greenside bunker, and then found himself needing a 25-foot birdie putt to prolong the playoff.

Wang, who was playing in his first Qatar Masters, started with two successive birdies, but had to wait 14 holes before getting his third on the 16th hole, with bogeys on Nos. 14 and 17.

''I really didn't expect that I would win this week, I just kept trying to make birdies, trying to save par and finally won,'' said Wang, who added he was lucky on the playoff hole.

''I pulled my second shot in the playoff, I thought it was going to be in the water.''

Van Zyl, who is yet to win on the Tour despite finishing runner-up on five occasions, rued his poor putting despite making a fast start with four birdies in his first five holes.

''Unfortunately, I hit a couple of good putts that just didn't go in,'' said the 36-year-old South African.

Lagergren is also still to win on the European Tour.

''Can't complain about the second place, but obviously a lot of disappointment right now,'' said the 25-year-old Swede, who had five straight birdies from the eighth hole onward.

The European Tour now moves on to Dubai for the Desert Classic, the third and last leg of the Desert Swing, from Feb. 2.

Round 3 - Jeunghun Wang moves three clear

January 29, 2017

Jeunghun Wang broke through a crowded leaderboard with a 7-under 65 in Saturday's third round to open a three-shot lead at the Qatar Masters.

The 21-year-old South Korean, who is 15-under 201 overall, made three birdies around the turn to grab the lead, and never relinquished it with two birdies in his last three holes.

It was the best round on another windy day in Doha.

Spain's Nacho Elvira and South African Jaco van Zyl both shot 4-under 68s to tie for second place at 12 under.

Another South African, Thomas Aiken (69), was a shot further behind in fourth.

Wang, a back-to-back winner on the European Tour last year in May at the Trophee Hassan II and AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, put up an exhibition of shot-making, hitting 16 out of 18 greens in regulation and also completing his round in just 27 putts. He went out in 33, and came back in 32.

''My iron play was really good today and my putting was really good,'' said Wang, now ranked 60th in the world.

Elvira could have finished much closer to Wang, but a poor tee shot cost him a double bogey on the par-4 15th.

''I think it's a great round today with these wind conditions,'' said the 29-year-old Elvira, who is yet to win on the European Tour.

Van Zyl was left slightly disappointed despite a bogey-free round of 68. He made only one birdie on the four par-5s, and also missed a couple of short birdie chances.

''I have been hitting it nicely, so yeah, obviously it's a good score. But really felt like I left quite a lot out there,'' he said.

Ernie Els (71) was tied 18th at 7 under, while Martin Kaymer improved to tied 23rd with a 4-under 68.

There was a nine-way tie for the lead ahead of the third round, a European Tour record.

The last time nine players were tied on top was after the first round of the 1997 Wales Open, but this was the first time in Tour history so many had led after 36 holes.

Round 2 - Record 9 share halfway lead

January 28, 2017

Welsh golfer Bradley Dredge still led the Qatar Masters after the renowned gusts returned for the second round on Friday, but he had company.

Eight others caught him to create a nine-way tie for the lead, a European Tour record.

The last time nine players were tied on top was after the first round of the 1997 Wales Open, but this was the first time in Tour history so many led after 36 holes.

Dredge was the only one of the nine not to finish under par. His par-72 gave him an 8-under total of 136.

The gusts made playing more difficult in the afternoon, and only three players from the afternoon groups - South Korea's Wang Jeunghun (67), South Africa's Jaco van Zyl (69), Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (70) - managed to make a move.

Morning players including Spain's Jorge Campilo (67), South African Thomas Aiken (68) and England's Ryder Cup star Andy Sullivan (68) were all bogey-free for their rounds. Finland's Mikko Kornohen, who shot a 65 in the opening round, also joined the leaders with a 71 that included a double bogey on the ninth hole. Another Spaniard, Nacho Alvira (69), completed the group.

Another seven players were one shot behind, and 10 players, including world No. 10 Alex Noren of Sweden (70), the highest ranked player in the field, and Ernie Els (70) were two shots back.

The day's best round was a 6-under 66 by England's Jordan Smith, who graduated after winning the European Challenge Tour Order of Merit last year, and American David Lipsky.

Among those who missed the cut at 2-under 142 was Tommy Fleetwood of England, who won in Abu Dhabi last week but finished at 2 over this week. Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer of Germany squeezed through for the weekend exactly on the cutline.

Round 1 - Bradley Dredge leads with opening 64

January 27, 2017

With the usual gusty winds absent from Doha Golf Club, Bradley Dredge fired a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 to open up a one-shot lead in the Qatar Masters on Thursday.

In unusually benign conditions, 84 players broke par in the first round.

Mikko Kornohen of Finland, who has two top-10s this season, came in bogey free as well with a 65.

Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, who has slipped to 91 in the world rankings following a winless 2016, was tied for third at 6-under 66 with the in-form Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and Nathan Kimsey of England.

Dredge, chasing his first win since the 2006 European Masters, has enough experience of the tricky Doha Golf Club having played in 15 previous Qatar Masters. He tied for fourth last year.

He started his round in the afternoon and made the turn at 3 under. On the back nine, the Welshman made five birdies in his first seven holes, and missed chances on the 17th and 18th.

''The greens are probably slightly less grainy than normal,'' he said. ''Felt as though I really got my eye in today, apart from my last two putts.''

Dredge wished the day was windier.

''I understood that, today, the scoring was going to be good,'' he said. ''It was the opportunity to go at more flags and get the ball a bit closer to the hole. Without the wind, it makes it a lot easier to get the score going.''

McDowell started from the 10th tee and barged out in style, completing his first nine at 6 under. The birdies dried up on the more difficult front nine, as he came back with a birdie and a bogey.

Alex Noren of Sweden, the highest ranked player in the field at No. 10, shot 68 and was tied for 14th with Ernie Els.

Scores

1 KOR Jeung-Hun Wang -16 - 69 67 65 71 272
T2 RSA Jaco Van Zyl -16 - 67 69 68 68 272
T2 SWE Joakim Lagergren -16 - 67 72 67 66 272
T4 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera -15 - 69 69 - 66 204
T4 RSA Thomas Aiken -15 - 68 68 69 68 273
T6 ESP Nacho Elvira -14 - 67 69 68 70 274
T6 ENG Jordan Smith -14 - 71 66 71 66 274
T6 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -14 - 70 70 66 68 274
T9 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat -13 - 66 70 70 69 275
T9 - Nathan Kimsey -13 - 66 74 66 69 275
T11 ENG Chris Wood -12 - 69 70 70 67 276
T11 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -12 - 69 68 73 66 276
T13 - Anton Karlsson -11 - 68 73 69 67 277
T13 ENG Chris Paisley -11 - 74 67 69 67 277
T13 SWE David Lingmerth -11 - 71 69 70 67 277
T13 RSA Ernie Els -11 - 68 70 71 68 277
T13 ESP Jorge Campillo -11 - 69 67 75 66 277
T18 ENG Chris Hanson -10 - 68 69 73 68 278
T18 SWE Peter Hanson -10 - 70 70 73 65 278
T18 ENG Sam Walker -10 - 68 71 71 68 278
T21 SWE Alexander Noren -9 - 68 70 71 70 279
T21 ENG Anthony Wall -9 - 68 69 71 71 279
T21 WAL Bradley Dredge -9 - 64 72 73 70 279
T21 ENG Graeme Storm -9 - 68 70 72 69 279
T21 NED Joost Luiten -9 - 71 70 71 67 279
T21 IRL Paul Dunne -9 - 67 70 70 72 279
T21 SWE Pelle Edberg -9 - 70 72 69 68 279
T28 SWE Alexander Bjoerk -8 - 69 69 75 67 280
T28 GER Alexander Knappe -8 - 67 72 71 70 280
T28 ENG Andy Sullivan -8 - 68 68 70 74 280
T28 USA Daniel Im -8 - 68 69 74 69 280
T28 NIR Graeme McDowell -8 - 66 75 70 69 280
T28 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -8 - 70 69 72 69 280
T28 USA Paul Peterson -8 - 71 70 75 64 280
T28 SWE Robert Karlsson -8 - 70 70 70 70 280
T28 - Thomas Detry -8 - 67 74 70 69 280
T37 AUT Bernd Wiesberger -7 - 70 72 71 68 281
T37 SCO David Drysdale -7 - 71 71 70 69 281
T37 SCO Richie Ramsay -7 - 68 74 69 70 281
T37 FRA Romain Langasque -7 - 70 70 67 74 281
T41 FRA Damien Perrier -6 - 72 70 72 68 282
T41 USA David Lipsky -6 - 72 66 75 69 282
T41 RSA Dean Burmester -6 - 70 71 71 70 282
T41 CHI Felipe Aguilar -6 - 70 68 75 69 282
T41 FRA Joel Stalter -6 - 69 71 73 69 282
T41 FIN Mikko Korhonen -6 - 65 71 72 74 282
T41 ENG Oliver Fisher -6 - 70 70 68 74 282
T48 RSA Dylan Frittelli -5 - 71 67 76 69 283
T48 SWE Johan Carlsson -5 - 71 69 72 71 283
T48 GER Martin Kaymer -5 - 70 72 68 73 283
T48 ITA Nino Bertasio -5 - 71 69 68 75 283
T48 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -5 - 69 71 71 72 283
T48 SWE Rikard Karlberg -5 - 69 73 70 71 283
T48 DEN Thomas Bjorn -5 - 68 72 75 68 283
T55 ENG Richard Bland -4 - 70 71 72 71 284
T55 FRA Sebastien Gros -4 - 72 69 72 71 284
T57 FRA Alexander Levy -3 - 69 69 75 72 285
T57 FRA Gregory Havret -3 - 69 71 70 75 285
T57 DEN Thorbjorn Olesen -3 - 70 71 76 68 285
T60 SCO Marc Warren -2 - 69 73 73 71 286
T60 FRA Raphael Jacquelin -2 - 67 71 73 75 286
T60 AUS Scott Hend -2 - 69 72 72 73 286
T60 KOR Soo-Min Lee -2 - 69 73 72 72 286
64 NZL Ryan Fox -1 - 72 70 67 78 287
65 FRA Benjamin Hebert Par - 70 72 73 73 288
CUT RSA Darren Fichardt 1 - 72 70 72 75 289
CUT FRA Matthieu Pavon 2 - 71 70 76 73 290
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks 3 - 68 74 78 71 291
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 5 - 67 70 76 80 293
CUT ARG Ricardo Gonzalez 10 - 69 73 82 74 298
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui -1 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT ENG Callum Shinkwin -1 - 68 75 - - 143
CUT FRA Gregory Bourdy -1 - 68 75 - - 143
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous -1 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT FRA Julien Quesne -1 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero -1 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT SCO Paul Lawrie -1 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT ESP Pep Angles -1 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT AUS Sam Brazel -1 - 74 69 - - 143
CUT THA Thongchai Jaidee -1 - 69 74 - - 143
CUT ESP Eduardo De La Riva Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT - Haotong Li Par - 69 75 - - 144
CUT AUS Jason Scrivener Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT ENG Lee Slattery Par - 73 71 - - 144
CUT ENG Marcus Armitage Par - 71 72 - - 143
CUT ENG Robert Rock Par - 72 72 - - 144
CUT GER Bernd Ritthammer 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT ENG David Howell 1 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT PAR Fabrizio Zanotti 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT RSA George Coetzee 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT SWE Jens Fahrbring 1 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT RSA Justin Walters 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT SWE Kristoffer Broberg 1 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT - Magnus A. Carlsson 1 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT GER Maximilian Kieffer 1 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT SCO Duncan Stewart 2 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT FRA Gary Stal 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT POR Jose-Filipe Lima 2 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate 2 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT ITA Renato Paratore 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT FRA Romain Wattel 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT SCO Stephen Gallacher 2 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT ENG Steven Tiley 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT ENG Tommy Fleetwood 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT RSA Trevor Immelman 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari 3 - 78 69 - - 147
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia 3 - 71 76 - - 147
CUT SCO Scott Jamieson 3 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT FIN Mikko Ilonen 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth 4 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT ENG Paul Waring 5 - 73 76 - - 149
CUT IND Shiv Chawrasia 5 - 70 79 - - 149
CUT - Pierre Verlaar Jr. 6 - 77 73 - - 150
CUT MOR Younes El Hassani 6 - 71 79 - - 150
CUT AUS Wade Ormsby 7 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT - Jose Maria Olazabal 8 - 75 77 - - 152
CUT QAT Saleh Al Kaabi 8 - 76 76 - - 152
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 10 - 76 78 - - 154
CUT SCO Scott Henry 10 - 79 75 - - 154
CUT SCO Clarke Lutton 11 - 74 81 - - 155
CUT AUS Nathan Holman 11 - 77 78 - - 155
CUT CZE Petr Dedek 14 - 82 76 - - 158
CUT - Abdulrahman Al Shahrani 26 - 84 86 - - 170
DSQ GER Marcel Siem Par - 71 73 - - 144
RET ESP Alejandro Canizares -1 - 71 - - - 71