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Oleson the favourite at Qatar Masters

The 7,374 yard Doha Golf Club course has staged the Qatar Masters since its inception in 1998 and with numerous lakes, dunes and sand traps it has proved quite a challenge and produced some famous winners. Major winners Adam Scott and Paul Lawrie have each won here twice, as has the South African Branden Grace, in both 2015 and 2016. Henrik Stenson, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia are also former winners of this event, while last year’s champion was our 35/1* selection Jeunghun Wang. As you would expect of a desert course, sand is the major factor here, and accuracy off the tee could be critical.

Qatar Masters Favourites

This week’s field is short on big names and the betting market therefore has an open feel, with Thorbjorn Olesen leading the way at a best price of 18/1 with Stan James. The Danish world number 92 managed only five top 10s from 26 starts in 2017 and isn’t an obvious choice to earn a first victory since the Turkish Airlines Open in November 2016. A couple of years ago Andy Sullivan was one of the hottest talents in Europe, but his ranking has plummeted over the last 18 months.

However, his recent form is pretty good and he’s among the favourites here at 22/1* with . The 2013 champion Chris Wood was second in Oman at the weekend and is the same price with , while Betfred and Stan James are also offering Wang at odds of 22/1* to successfully defend his title. Julian Suri, the American world number 70, returns to European Tour action after a month playing without success in the States, looking to pick up the excellent form he showed at the back end of last year. He’s at 25/1* with most firms.

Qatar Masters Tips

Benjamin Hebert doesn’t trouble the operators of the on-course leaderboards too often, but he’s played his way into a little bit of form over the last few weeks, finishing 17th in Malaysia and ninth in Oman at the weekend. He’s been excellent from tee to green, ranking fourth in Greens in Regulation this season, and his last couple of results suggest he’s been finding his range with his putter too. He’s a solid each-way pick at 45/1* with .

Fabrizio Zanotti is another man who has been performing well from tee to green this season and that has helped him to record top 10 finishes on two of his last four starts, amid the sand dunes of Abu Dhabi and Oman. He has five top 10 finishes to his name over the last six months, while the Paraguayan world number 95 was the winner of last year’s Maybank Championship. He’s available at 40/1* pretty much across the board.

It’s hard to find a statistical category in which Thomas Detry isn’t performing well this season, so it’s perhaps something of a surprise that the young Belgian’s results haven’t been a little better. However, he caught the eye when he was ninth in Abu Dhabi last month and he’s been just outside the top 20 in three starts since then. He was 28th on his debut here last year and while some firms are quoting 25/1*, are offering 40s.

All odds quoted are subject to change