Former champion Chris Wood is among five of Europe’s victorious EurAsia Cup team confirmed to compete in the US$2.5 million Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which will be held at Doha Golf Club from 27 – 30 January.
Wood, 28, and fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, 21, will be joined in Doha by EurAsia Cup teammates Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, Søren Kjeldsen of Denmark and Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden.
Previous winners Henrik Stenson (2006), Sergio Garcia (2014) and Branden Grace (2015), 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen and reigning US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau have already been announced.
The towering Wood first made global headlines when he finished fifth at the 2008 Open Championship as a 20-year-old amateur before underlining his huge potential by finishing joint third the following year. In January 2013, his victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters prompted an emotional reaction as he celebrated his first European Tour title.
After a winless 2014 season that ended prematurely in November due to a wrist injury, Wood bounced back last year. He secured his second title in Austria in June and had seven other top-10 finishes on The European Tour – including four in a row from early October – to finish 17th on The Race to Dubai and secure a place in Darren Clarke’s EurAsia Cup team.
Wood is currently second on the current Race to Dubai following his third-place finish at last month’s Nedbank Golf Challenge and he recently enjoyed a career-high ranking of 41st.
“I’m really happy to return to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters because I had to miss it last year because of my wrist injury. I’ve been playing well since returning from injury and I was really happy to win in Austria, which showed me that I could win again,” Wood said.
“I’ve played really consistently since then and was proud to earn my place on the EurAsia Cup team. Now I’m looking forward to going back to Doha, as it’s a course I can do well on and I’m playing well enough to have another run at the trophy. Winning there remains one of the highlights of my career.”
Fitzpatrick will also be one to watch after a stunning European Tour rookie campaign that featured a memorable win at October’s British Masters, one runner-up, four thirds and a tie for fourth at November’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.