European PGA Qatar Masters Golf Betting Odds and Preview

Can Paul Lawrie finally make it over the line in Qatar?

Paul Lawrie (Scotland)

Qatar Masters Betting Info
Great field out in Qatar for the European Tour this week. After watching both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy miss the cut in Abu Dhabi last week, other players will have taken some personal motivation from having watched that happen. Action comes from the Doha Golf Clubs this week.

Qatar Masters Betting Defending Champion
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie fired in a tremendous performance at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters last year, nailing a convincing win. Lawrie took a four stroke win last season, really pressing home his advantage on the final day, where he shot a massive seven under par to stretch his legs clear. It was a solid 2012 all around for Lawrie, with seven top tens on the European Tour, including two victories. He clearly took a lot of confidence from his win at the Doha Golf Club twelve months ago and is one of only two men to win the tournament twice (alongside Adam Scott). Lawrie took the Qatar Masters title also back in 1999. Has to be in good shape and confident for a title defence. Landed a T7 at the Volvo Golf Champions to start the year, but struggled in Abu Dhabi last week with a T52. Lawrie is priced at 30/1 at online bookmaker Stan James.

Qatar Masters Betting Favourite
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen tees off as favourite this week for the Qatar Masters Golf betting. He is in absolute fine fettle at the moment and could take some stopping. He blitzed his way to a win at the Volvo Golf Champions with some stunning golf. He is bang on top of his game at the moment and victory in his homeland a couple of weeks ago will see him go strongly. He is eyeing up a rise in the world rankings and he also has a great record in Qatar. He took a runner up spot in 2009, the closest he has come to the Qatar Masters, and the last time he was out in the Gulf he nailed a fifth at the DP World Tour Championship at the end of last season. Conditions will suit the South African and expect another big Middle East performance from him. Oosthuizen is going as 15/2 favourite with online bookmaker Stan James.

Other Contenders
Justin Rose almost got his hands on the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last week. He looked in control after leading the pack heading into the final day. However, a strong charge form Welshman Jamie Donaldson left Rose needing a birdie on the 18th hole to take things to a play-off. He lipped his effort though and missed out, having to settle for a share of T2 along with Thorbjorn Olesen. Still, it was another consistently good performance from the Englishman, who now has two top three finishes in his last two start. He has fired in four top tens in his last five starts. Right up there with Oosthuizen in the pecking order, he has to be.

Jason Dufner. Don’t count out the American. He is weighing up his options of getting a European Membership. he hasn’t taken a win on the European Tour yet, but has taken a couple of runner up spots. Went well as expected last time out when he took a top ten spot in Abu Dhabi. This will be his first time at the Qatar Masters, so that may put him at a disadvantage. But he is a quality act and wouldn’t be too surprising to see him come through the field. Dufner scored two wins on the PGA Tour last season and can deal easily enough with pressure and new surroundings, as shown last week. Good solid player and well worth a top ten finish look.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen, one of the very good crop of young players coming through, is well worth riding for a bit of form. he took a share of second place alongside Justin Rose last week in Abu Dhabi, and had a chance to take things to a play-off as well, but missed his birdie putt on the final hole. Landed a 15th place finish in The Race To Dubai last season in what was only his second full year on the European PGA Tour. Has started the season very well and could be set for big things. Has a lot of motivation to gone one better after narrowly missing out on a win last week.

Martin Kaymer. Well, you just don’t know what you are going to get from the German. He hasn’t taken a personal victory since 2011 now, so the former World Number One is still looking to get back to winning way. There were glimpses over the second half of last season that he may be getting back on top of his game and a strong Sunday in Abu Dhabi last week may give him a boost of confidence. He took a share of sixth in Abu Dhabi last week and he fired in a top ten finish at the 2012 Qatar Masters as well. A nice, strong start would go well for Kaymer to give him something to built on. His game could be swinging upwards.

Best Outside Bet
A little surprised that Branden Grace isn’t a little shorter in the market. He is building up a head of steam. He landed a T7 at the Volvo Golf Champions to start the year off with, and that was impressive after a torrid 75 in the opening round. He took fifth place at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last week, again a slow start hampering him a little bit. If he pulls all four rounds together like he can, then the South African is going to be worth a shot. Great shot on a place market wager for 11/2 at online bookmaker Stan James.

Latest Qatar Masters Betting Prices at online bookmaker Stan James
Louis Oosthuizen 15/2, Justin Rose 8/1, Sergio Garcia 10/1, Martin Kaymer 11/1, Peter Hanson 14/1, Jason Dufner 14/1, Henrik Stenson 18/1, Thorbjorn Olesen 22/1, Branden Grace 25/1, George Coetzee 28/1, Paul Lawrie 30/1

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