The DP World Tour returns to the Middle East with the Qatar Masters, also enjoying a return of sorts, to the Doha track that has hosted the event more than any other course.
Dean Burmester ($19)
Distance from the tee is absolutely the key to success here and Burmester has length in spades. He ranks 2nd on Tour in Driving Distance and that length will serve him well this week with no punishment for any erratic work from the tee.
Ranking 5th in Birdies and 17th in Scrambling, he clearly has the perfect game for Doha.
He comes into this in good nick. He was excellent finishing runner-up last week in South Africa and now has two runner-up finishes in his last four starts. Burmester is the clear standout.
Callum Hill ($61)
Scot Callum Hill makes his Doha debut but it is a course that looks like it will suit his game beautifully.
Hill ranks Top 10 in Birdies, Scrambling and Bogey Avoidance. If he can get it together off the tee he is going to be right in the mix.
Niall Kearney ($176)
Irishman who is excellent value at a huge price. Kearney finished last season ranked 1st in Scrambling, arguably the biggest guide to success here, while he also finished 1st in Bogey Avoidance. Has two Top 35 finishes from his last four starts so form is reasonable.
Top USA Player – Sean Crocker ($3.50)
Big-hitting American who ranks 14th in Driving Distance on the DP World Tour. Also ranks 3rd in Par 5 Scoring and 7th in Strokes Gained: Approach so has the game to thrive here. He has played here twice and has a Top 30. Only has three compatriots to roll.