Garcia targets challenge match hat-trick with juniors at Qatar Masters

 24 Jan 2016 - 0:00

Garcia targets challenge match hat-trick with juniors at Qatar Masters
The winners of 2015 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Challenge Match. 

Doha: Sergio Garcia and 17-year-old Qatari Sami Qush will both seek a third straight victory in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Challenge Match at Doha Golf Club tomorrow.

Four-time Major winner Ernie Els and 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen will also captain groups of talented teenagers in the fun-filled team event.
 The Challenge Match has been shortened from nine holes to five, but the size of the teams has continued to expand, with a total of 12 Qatari juniors across the three teams, up from nine last year and six in the inaugural edition in 2014.
Team Garcia includes the charismatic Qush, part of the Spaniard’s victorious side for the past two years, 2015 winner Ahmed Al Muttawah (15), Laila Al Abdulla (14) and six-handicapper Arnav Jain (15), who played with Justin Rose last year and Henrik Stenson in 2014.
Els, who won his most recent Major title at the 2012 Open Championship, will lead three-handicappers Laila Hrinda (17), Abdulla Abedeen (17), Fahad Mir (14) and Ali Al Mesaifri (15).
Oosthuizen, 33, will benefit from teaming up with four teenagers who played in last year’s event. Abdulrahman Al Naimi (16) – part of Garcia’s team in 2014 – Abdulrahman Al Dehaimi (14) and Nada Mir (16) all played with Stenson last year, while Abdulrahman Al Thani was in Rose’s side.
Hassan Al Nuaimi, President of the Qatar Golf Association, said: “The Challenge Match on Monday has become an integral part of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters week and a big focus of the Qatar Golf Association’s development programme.
“Each year several of our leading junior talents spend time playing with and learning from some of the world’s top pros, who kindly give up their time to pass on their experience and knowledge.”
“I know it’s a major highlight for all the youngsters who take part and I want to thank all the pros for providing such a special experience.”
Els (2005) and Garcia (2014) are former winners of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, while Oosthuizen, playing in Doha for the first time since 2013, was a runner-up in 2009.
Other stars in this year’s field include defending champion Branden Grace, 2013 winner Chris Wood and four of his victorious EurAsia Cup teammates, Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, and US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau.
Fans can also watch Jin Cheng, China’s top amateur, make his Doha debut less than three months before he competes in the Masters Tournament at Augusta National.  
Tickets are available 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. 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.

The Peninsula