Oosthuizen races to lead at Qatar Masters

FirstRound – European Tour – Commercial Bank Qatar Masters – Doha Golf Club –

Sergio Garcia current official PGA TOUR headshot. (Photo by: Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR)

Sergio Garcia current official PGA TOUR headshot.
(Photo by: Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR)

Doha, Qatar –

Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen opened with 7-under-65 to co-lead at the European Tour’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters  at Doha Country Club.

The event features a Saturday finish.

Pablo Larrazabal is tied with Oosty at the top through 18 holes. Headliners — Sergio Garcia and Branden Grace — are T-37 after rounds of 2-under.

Ernie Els, a past champion here, is T-14 after round one.

Dating back to 1998, the European Tour event visits the Middle East’s Persian Gulf with Race To Dubai points up for grabs.

Golf Channel has television coverage from Wednesday to Saturday.

2015 Results:

  • Grace (19-under) won his 6th European Tour title here thanks to a back-nine 31 eurotourlogoin the final round. The South African entered the week as a 20-to-1 betting pick. Marc Warren was runner-up followed by Wiesberger. George Coetzee was a co-leader through 36 holes but failed to keep it going on the weekend.

FANTASY: Garcia, a Top 10 player in the world ranking, is a solid pick at this venue. He has five Top 10s at Qatar including a runner-up finish in 2014. Take Grace for similar reasons. He also played well last week with a Top 5. Finishing just a shot back last week, take Pieters this week to ride the momentum.

Other Golf News:

  • The PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando takes place this week in Orlando. The event’s Demo Day showcases the game’s newest equipment. Top instructions are expected to be a part of the teaching demonstrations. Golf Channel has inside coverage of the event.
  • The PGA Tour hosts the Farmers Insurance Open beginning Thursday at TorreyPGA TOUR Pines near San Diego. Jason Day, the 2015 PGA Championship winner, is the defending champion.
  • Jordan Spieth is skipping both European Tour and PGA Tour events this week to play the Asian Tour’s SMBC Singapore Open. Spieth also added two more PGA Tour starts to his pre-Masters schedule: WGC-Dell Match Play and Shell Houston Open.