Doha, Qatar: Two-time champion in Qatar Paul Lawrie, 2010 winner Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, and Thomas Bjørn of Denmark, who took the title in 2011 are some of the biggest names at the 2019 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, but a host of young guns such as Thomas Pieters, Kurt Kitayama, Fabrizio Zanotti and Wilco Nienaber are all set to make a name for themselves at the March 7 to 10 event in the Qatari capital.
“It’s a strong field with a lot of past winners and upcoming stars,” said European Tour tournament director Mikael Ericsson at the pre-event press conference, which was also attended by Qatar Golf Association (QGA) General Secretary Fahad Nasser Al Naimi, Executive Director Faisal Al Naimi, Commercial Bank chief marketing officer Hussein Al Abdulla, and Doha Golf Club General Manager Gary McGlinchey.
“It’s an interesting combination of young, rising stars competing with experienced campaigners which should add up to an exciting four days. We expect a lot from upcoming players as lots of guys are playing the two weeks in a row as they played last week in Oman and now they are here,” said Ericsson.
The tournament will give Qatar’s most promising players Saleh Al Kaabi and Jaham Al Kuwari an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the best in business.
Commercial Bank would be sponsoring the event for the 14th consecutive year and Al Abdulla said they have been supporting the tournament keeping the country’s Vision 2030 in mind.
“We have been supporting Qatar National Vision 2030, which basically aims to spread sport and education. We have done a lot of education awareness among the schools, malls, social media,” said al-Abdulla.
QGA General Secretary Fahad Nasser Al Naimi, who thanked Commercial Bank for their support, said he expected fans to come in large number to watch the event.
The ProAm will start at 7 am on Wednesday.