World No. 6 Justin Rose will compete in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters for the second time in three years as the 2013 US Open Champion joins Ryder Cup teammates Henrik Stenson and defending champion Sergio Garcia in an increasingly strong line-up in Doha.
Rose, 34, recently finished third in The Race to Dubai – behind Rory McIlroy and Stenson, currently World No. 1 and 2 respectively – after a strong finish to the season, having already won his seventh European Tour title at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July.
In November, Rose finished fourth at the BMW Masters in Shanghai and two weeks later was runner-up at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai for the second time in three years.
The Englishman – who will be making his sixth appearance in Doha – is now determined to continue that form into the 18th Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which will be held at Doha Golf Club from January 21-24.
“I finished the season playing really well and I want to build on that in Doha. I enjoyed myself at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters a couple of years ago and I’m looking forward to returning. I felt increasingly comfortable on the course and want to really have another go at it this time,” said Rose, who tied for 16th on his last visit when he memorably met Wayne Rooney on a tee-box as Manchester United stars watched the action.
“It looks like it’s already shaping up into a strong field. I know Sergio played well last year to win and he played great when I last competed in 2013, so he will be a favourite. Henrik beat us all in Dubai, so he’ll be another strong contender, especially as I know he plays in Doha every year. It’ll be tough, but I’m confident I’ll be in with a shout this time.”
Rose and Stenson proved an unstoppable pairing in September’s Ryder Cup, as the duo won all three of their matches against the USA to help Europe retain the trophy. Their three wins included a Ryder Cup record of 12 birdies in 16 holes to beat Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson 3&2 in the fourballs.
Rose said: “Henrik and I had an incredible time at The Ryder Cup. It’s always an amazing event, but it was a real privilege to team up with Henrik and play so well. We really fed off each other. I much prefer playing with him than against him, but I’m looking forward to meeting up with him and Sergio and other guys from the team in Doha.”
Rose has also continued to shine in the USA and won his sixth PGA Tour title in June to continue his run of lifting at least trophy on the Tour each season from 2010.
Hassan Al Nuaimi, President of the Qatar Golf Association, said the addition of Rose to a field that already featured Stenson and Garcia, currently World No. 5, boded well for an all-star field in January.
“Justin Rose is a true Ryder Cup hero and we welcome him back to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters after his brilliant display for Europe, just like when he competed here two years ago. We were also delighted to see him win the US Open last year just a few months after he competed here in Doha,” Al Nuaimi said.
Abdullah Saleh Al Raisi, CEO of Commercial Bank, which is title sponsoring the event for the 10th straight year, added: “Commercial Bank is proud to work with the Qatar Golf Association each year to attract a strong line-up of players for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
“With Justin Rose joining Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, I strongly believe we’re on track for one of the tournament’s best-ever fields. All of these players are hugely popular when they compete in Doha and we’re delighted to continually deliver one of the strongest line-ups on The European Tour.”
Ticket information:Season tickets and individual day passes for the 2015 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters will be available to purchase from Doha Golf Club, Doha Rugby Club and Virgin Megastores in Qatar from mid November 2014. Entry is free for children under 15 years of age. For further ticketing information please visit qatar-masters.com/tickets
Hospitality:Hospitality packages are available through www.qatar-masters.com/hospitality.
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