Commercialbank Qatar Masters

OOSTHUIZEN, LARRAZABAL SHARE EARLY CLUBHOUSE LEAD

Major winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Spanish star Pablo Larrazabal each shot seven-under-par 65 to share the early clubhouse lead halfway through day one of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

 

Belgian bomber Nicolas Colsaerts carded a six-under 66 to lie one ahead of five players on 67.

 

South African superstar Ernie Els, champion here in 2005 and a four-time Major winner, carded a 68, a score matched by his playing partner Thongchai Jaidee and Els’s compatriot Trevor Immelman, seeking a first European Tour title since the Masters in 2008.

 

Sporting a new beard, Oosthuizen made a welcome return to Doha Golf Club, having last competed in the event in 2013. The World No. 18, a seven-time European Tour winner and the field’s third-highest ranked player, sank seven birdies to match Larrazabal’s score.

 

“I like playing in the desert. I always play well around here and I just like the golf course. I like the type of shot making and grainy greens. It brings back a lot of good memories,” said Oosthuizen, best known for his Major breakthrough at the 2010 Open Championship.

“I’m most satisfied with being bogey-free. There were two occasions when I looked like I was going to make bogeys, but I recovered well. The rest was pretty solid. Good ball striking today and I made one or two putts.”

 

Larrazabal fired out of the blocks with six birdies on the first 12 holes and added another on 16.

 

“I’m very happy. I hit it very well and it was a very solid round. I missed only one green on 13 with a great shot, so I’m very happy,” said Larrazabal, who won his fourth European Tour title last year.

 

“I hit it very well tee-to-green and 17 greens in regulation with these conditions is very good. I gave myself a lot of birdie chances and that was key. To have a birdie putt is key in these conditions because with these kind of greens, you're not going to hole too many, but I holed seven.”

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Tickets are available to buy now at a range of outlets including Virgin Megastores (Online and in-store in Doha), Ticket Master, Time Out Tickets, Q Tickets, Doha Golf Club and more (full list below). Tickets are priced as follows, starting at QAR150:

 

Tournament day

Ticket type

Ticket price

Wednesday 27 January

General admission ticket

QAR 150

Thursday 28 January

General admission ticket

QAR 150

Friday 29 January

General admission ticket including public access to live music concert featuring Soul II Soul and Arrested Development

QAR 250

VIP concert ticket - general admission to the golf course, access to a designated exclusive tented area at the live music concert, canapés and one free drink

QAR500

Saturday 30 January

General admission ticket

QAR200

Season Pass Wednesday to Saturday

Includes general admission on all four days and live music concert on Friday 29 January

QAR 450

 

Entry is free for children under 14 years of age and each ticket purchased entitles the holder to one free round trip journey to and from the Doha Golf Club by event partner UBER.

 

 

 

Tickets are available to buy now at a range of outlets including Virgin Megastores (Online and in-store in Doha), Ticket Master, Time Out Tickets, Q Tickets, Doha Golf Club and more (full list below). Tickets are priced as follows, starting at QAR150: