France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera enjoyed a special surprise after the third round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Saturday when he was presented with a birthday cake by fellow European Tour pros at Doha Golf Club.
French players Grégory Havret, Julien Quesne, Sébastien Gros and Romain Langasque, and Portugal’s José-Filipe Lima all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in French as they gave a cake to Lorenzo-Vera, who had just signed for a three-under-par 69 on his 32nd birthday.
“That was a pretty good surprise because there was absolutely no hint for me to see them. People had already said ‘Happy Birthday’ when I came off the green so I thought, okay, it's going to be pretty calm – and it was not. That was very nice. Thank you,” said Lorenzo-Vera, who said he wouldn’t be celebrating too wildly on Saturday night.
“No, I’m going to try to put myself in a good position for tomorrow. I’m going to stay steady, have a Skype with the family and that’s it.”
Lorenzo-Vera was already in a good mood after a round featuring five birdies and two bogeys moved him up to nine-under as he seeks his first win on the European Tour.
“Today was really good actually because I’ve been struggling with my driver for the past two years and now I’m finding some fairways. I'm hitting the ball really solid so I had plenty of birdie opportunities and managed to make a few putts on these hard greens. I’m playing good and we'll see what happens at the end.”
The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters is celebrating its 20th edition this week. The star-studded field features four-time Major winner Ernie Els, two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer, 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell, World Number 10 Alex Noren and 2016 Ryder Cup rookies Rafa Cabrera Bello, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood.