With just days to go until the start of the 15th Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy, organisers have praised the support of the event’s co-sponsors and their commitment to Qatar’s National Vision 2030.
With prize-money of $2.5 million, The European Tour’s date with Doha benefits from a three-way association between The Commercial Bank of Qatar, the Qatar Golf Association (QGA) and the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC).
The partnership has also been assisted by a family of sponsors – featuring both local and international brands – whose ongoing support has proved pivotal to both the event and to Qatar itself.
“Certain companies have been firmly behind the event since it began in 1998, while others are more recent additions to the sponsorship family yet all have played significant roles in helping us grow to become one of the premier tournaments on The European Tour’s international schedule,” said Andrew Stevens, Group CEO of The Commercial Bank of Qatar.
“Thanks to their unwavering support, the Commercialbank Qatar Masters has established itself as a world-class sporting property and played a key role in establishing Qatar as a venue for world class sport. Such development is all part of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Introduced in 2008, the Qatar National Vision defines the long-term outcomes for the nation as a whole.
It also provides a framework within which national strategies can be developed and aims at transforming Qatar into an advanced country by 2030, capable of sustaining its own development and providing for a high standard of living for future generations.
Over the years, Qatar has used sport to help with its international promotion with no event more prominent than the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, which this year has attracted a strong field including World Number Two Lee Westwood, World Number Four Martin Kaymer, World Number Ten Jason Day, defending champion Thomas Bjorn and US PGA Tour debutants KJ Choi and Hunter Mahan.
“We have a powerful line-up of players and an equally-strong collection of sponsors,” added QGA President Hassan Al Naimi. “Our thanks go to all of our sponsors for their support in what we have achieved and their belief in the event’s future.”
To be staged at Doha Golf Club, the 2012 event will get underway with the customary pre-event Pro-Am on Wednesday (February 1) before tournament play commences the following morning.
Tickets for the tournament are on sale at Doha Golf Club and the Marriott Courtyard priced QR50 for daily access and QR175 for a season pass with entrance also including access to live nightly performances from established musical acts Billy Ocean, The Beat and Arrested Development in the Tournament Public Village.