NORTHERN Irishman Graeme McDowell will make his return to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, to be held from January 26 to 29, after a four-year gap.
It will be the 37-year-old’s seventh appearance at the Doha Golf Club (DGC).
McDowell made his Doha debut as a 23-year-old in 2003, and his best result remains a joint fourth in 2007 when he finished three strokes behind two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa.
“I’m looking forward to returning to DGC for the 20th Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as it has been a few years since I’ve played there. I’ve fond memories of the tournament,” said McDowell, who finished fourth in his last European Tour outing — the British Masters in October.
Affectionately known as ‘G-Mac’, McDowell is best known for his 2010 US Open win and thereby becoming the first European to clinch the trophy for four decades since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
“DGC has a great course, there’s always a nice crowd and it’s always a lovely time to visit Qatar as the weather is ideal. It’s a good way to start the year and I’m hoping that a solid result can kick-start a good 2017 for me,” added McDowell.
Qatar Golf Association President Hassan Al Nuaimi welcomed McDowell’s return, “Graeme (McDowell) is one of the most popular and successful European players of the past decade and we’re so happy that he’ll compete again at the 20th Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. He has competed in our tournament six times before and will be a huge draw as he returns to Qatar.”