Young Korean sensation Jeunghun Wang returns to the scene of the most recent of his three European Tour victories when the 22 year old defends his Commercial Bank Qatar Masters title at Doha Golf Club.
The 2017 season, yielded the biggest victory of his burgeoning career as he overcame Swede Joakim Lagergren and South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl in a play-off to break into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking and in the process earn a pathway to the four Major Championships as well as the World Golf Championship events last year.
Wang is relishing the opportunity to defend his title but he will have to overcome a host of European Tour stars if he is to do so successfully, including an in-form Chris Wood.
“I’m so happy to be back in Qatar. I love playing this course so I’m very excited to get back out there and I think my game is ready to go too.
“I played really well here last year obviously, as I won! I hope I can play similar to last year. I didn’t expect those wins so early on the European Tour, even my first one in Morocco – I couldn’t believe it and I still can’t. I’m still trying to win every tournament so hopefully I play well this week.
“This was my biggest win in terms of the field and the prize money so this is a big tournament for me. It got me into Majors and WGC events.
“They were incredible experiences for me. I learned a lot from watching the best players in the world, and also from the golf courses. I really want to get back into those fields this year.
“I like windy courses and I like this course too. I also have good memories so I love playing here and it should be fun.”
“All the courses which I will play this year are new to me, apart from India of course and maybe Malaysia too because I played there last year. But all of the other courses are new and just fantastic, it just adds to my experience. I’m just meeting new people, going to new places, trying to make as many friends on tour and I’m pretty young so I like to have as much fun as possible.
“It’s great, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience this year, to be playing for at least three years on the European Tour now. It’s a dream come true.
“My initial impression of the city here is that it is so beautiful. We just landed here and it’s on the water, which is really clear, and we’re in a great hotel too so it’s fantastic. The course is exactly how I saw it when I watched on TV last year, it’s absolutely fantastic.”
“It's always nice to come back to a place where you've done well before. I've been lucky enough to win here twice so whenever you drive up you get nice feelings because you think back to the times that you've played well and the times that you've won.
“I've had some nice weeks here. It blows quite a bit round here and I've always been pretty comfortable at knocking the ball down and taking a bit of speed off my swing. My swing is a little slower than some guys so knock-down shots and punch shots, I cope with those quite well.