European Golf Tour
PGA European - Commercialbank Qatar Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, January 28th through Sunday, January 31st
SITE: Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar
COURSE ARCHITECT: Peter Harradine (1996)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,388
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 5 591 Yds
2 - Par 4 433 Yds
3 - Par 3 235 Yds
4 - Par 4 379 Yds
5 - Par 4 452 Yds
6 - Par 4 488 Yds
7 - Par 4 391 Yds
8 - Par 3 195 Yds
9 - Par 5 639 Yds
36 3,803 Yds
10 - Par 5 548 Yds
11 - Par 4 474 Yds
12 - Par 4 429 Yds
13 - Par 3 203 Yds
14 - Par 4 410 Yds
15 - Par 4 470 Yds
16 - Par 4 307 Yds
17 - Par 3 155 Yds
18 - Par 5 589 Yds
36 3,585 Yds
Annual:  13th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 pm (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Alvaro Quiros
Runner-Up:  Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen
Tournament Record:  268 (Paul Lawrie, 1999; Adam Scott, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  200 (Paul Lawrie, 1999; Alvaro Quiros, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2009)
Course Record:  61 (Adam Scott, 2008)
Total Purse:  $2,500,000
Payouts:  1st Place - $416,882; 2nd Place - $277,917; 3rd Place - $156,582
2009 Finish
Alvaro Quiros269Maarten Lafeber276
Henrik Stenson272Sergio Garcia277
Louis Oosthuizen272Andrew Coltart277
Damien McGrane275Simon Dyson277
Miguel Angel Jimenez276G. Fernandez-Castano277
Chapchai Nirat277
Past Commercialbank Qatar Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Alvaro Quiros (269) -- Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen
2008Adam Scott (268) -- Henrik Stenson
2007Retief Goosen (273) -- Nick O'Hern
2006Henrik Stenson (273) -- Paul Broadhurst
2005Ernie Els (276) -- Henrik Stenson
2004Joakim Haeggman (272) -- Nobuhito Sato
2003*Darren Fichardt (275) -- James Kingston
2002Adam Scott (269) -- Jean-Francois Remesy, Nick Dougherty
2001Tony Johnstone (274) -- Robert Karlsson
2000Rolf Muntz (280) -- Ian Woosnam
1999Paul Lawrie (268) -- Soren Kjeldsen, Phillip Price
1998Andrew Coltart (270) -- Patrik Sjoland, Andrew Sherborne

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Alvaro Quiros------------------T-34mcWon
Henrik StensonT-67mcT-30mc2ndWonT-72ndT-2
Louis Oosthuizen---------mcT-8T-62---T-25T-2
Damien McGrane------T-34mcmcT-37---T-334th
Miguel A. Jimenez------mcdq---T-50T-19T-67T-5
Sergio Garcia------------------T-19T-7T-7
Johan Edfors---------T-79------T-274thT-16
Niclas Fasthmc---------T-16T-4mcT-47T-16
Charl Schwartzel------mcT-18T-16T-24---3rdT-21
Retief Goosen------------------Won---T-21
Lee Westwood---------------mcT-345thT-27
Nick Dougherty---T-2T-24T-71T-20T-4T-16T-7T-27
Peter Hansonmcmc---T-50T-60mcT-37T-51T-31
Martin Kaymer---------------------mcT-31
David HowellT-36T-104thT-8---T-24---T-7T-37
Robert Karlsson2ndmc---T-25T-5T-15T-22T-60T-37
Jyoti Randhawa------------T-12wdmcT-7T-50
Ross Fisher---------------------T-25T-50
Joakim HaeggmanmcT-4---WonmcT-24mcmcT-62
Colin Montgomerie---T-18---------------6thmc
Richard Green------T-878thT-3mcT-4T-60mc
Paul Casey------------------mcmcmc
Ian Poulterwdmc---------T-43---mc---
Darren Fichardt---mcWonT-36T-323rd---------
Kenny Perry---------------------------
Camilo Villegas---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Henrik Stenson
Darkhorse - Louis Oosthuizen
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rory McIlroy) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Anthony Kim) - Finished tied for 13th
The European Tour travels to Qatar this week for the 12th year of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, which boasts an outstanding field. Ten of the top-25 players in the world are in the field this week, led by world No. 4 and 2009 Race to Dubai winner Lee Westwood. Other top players in the field are last week's winner in Abu Dhabi Martin Kaymer (6), 2006 champion Henrik Stenson (8), Paul Casey (9), Ian Poulter (10), Kenny Perry (13), Sergio Garcia (14), Ross Fisher (18), 2007 champion Retief Goosen (19) and Camilo Villegas (25). American Kenny Perry is playing in this event for the first time.

Charl Schwartzel will be trying to win his third straight event on the European Tour this week. He won the Africa Open and Joburg Open in his home country of South Africa in consecutive weeks. If Schwartzel wins this week, he would join Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only players to win three straight events on the European Tour.

Last year, Alvaro Quiros shot four rounds in the 60s to win his third European Tour event. He finished at 19-under-par 269 for a three-shot win over Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen. Quiros was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s. He matched the 54-hole record of 200 set by Paul Lawrie in 1999.

In 2008, Adam Scott fired a course-record 61 in the final round to win this event by three strokes over Stenson. Scott's 61 broke the course record of 63 set by Mark Pilkington and Robert Karlsson in 2001. It was the lowest round of Scott's career and the lowest final round by a winner on the European Tour since Jamie Spence shot 60 to win the 1992 European Masters. Scott finished the event at 20-under-par 268, which tied the tournament record set by Lawrie in 1999. Scott became the first player to win two Qatar Masters, having won in his only two appearances at this event.

In 2007, Goosen shot rounds of 65-68-71-69 to win this event. Goosen finished the event at 15-under-par 273 for a one-shot win over Nick O'Hern. Goosen drained a 30-foot eagle putt on the final hole to overtake O'Hern for his 14th European Tour title. Goosen won a European Tour event nine consecutive years until 2008. O'Hern's second-place finish was the seventh of his career on the European Tour. He has the most runner-up finishes without a victory in European Tour history.

In 2006, after giving up a lead in the final round here in 2005, Stenson fought off all challengers to win this event, shooting a four-under 68 to finish at 15-under-par 273. It was a different story than 2005, when the Swede dropped three shots during a two-hole stretch on the back nine to open the door for Ernie Els' win. This time around, Stenson did enough for a three- stroke victory over England's Paul Broadhurst.

In 2005, Els overcame a five-stroke deficit in a windy final round to capture this event. He fired a final-round, seven-under 65 to win by a stroke over Stenson at 12-under-par 276. His five-stroke comeback equaled the best final-round comeback in event history. Joakim Haeggman accomplished the feat in 2004.

Stenson has an outstanding record at this tournament. The last five years he has finished in second (2005), won (2006), tied for seventh (2007), second (2008) and tied for second (2009).

This tournament made European Tour history in 2004 when a total of 84 players made the cut, separated by just five strokes, the fewest number of shots between the 36-hole leaders and the cut line.

There has not been a wire-to-wire winner of this event. Stenson (2006) and Goosen (2007) both shared the lead after all rounds, but did not lead alone after every round.

Doha Golf Club is a green oasis in the middle of the desert, complete with 10,000 different types of plants, shrubs and trees, and eight artificial lakes. The course is located in the West Bay Lagoons near the capital of Qatar. The course is owned by the State of Qatar and is one of the most luxurious golf clubs in the Middle East. The course layout features a premium on second shots. The par threes are some of the hardest holes on the course and the ninth, a par-five of 639 yards, is one of the longest on Tour.

This event marks the second of a three-week stay for the European Tour in the Middle East, now affectionately know as the "Gulf Swing." Last week, Kaymer captured the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. Next week, the swing concludes with the Dubai Desert Classic, where Rory McIlroy captured the 2009 event.

01/26 16:03:15 ET

As of January 26, 2010, at 04:03 PM ET