DeChambeau, Qatari youngsters talk golf

 28 Jan 2016 - 1:53

DeChambeau, Qatari youngsters talk golf
Qatari amateurs Ali Al Shahrani and Saleh Al Kaabi are seen during a promotional event at St Regis Hotel Doha where  reigning US Amateur Championship winner Bryson DeChambeau gave the two golf tips.


DOHA:  Reigning US Amateur Championship winner Bryson DeChambeau gave leading Qatari amateurs Ali Al Shahrani and Saleh Al Kaabi an insight into top-flight golf in a lively exchange on the beachfront of The St Regis Doha ahead of this week’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. 
The talkative DeChambeau, 22, is making his tournament debut in the $2.5m European Tour event, while Shahrani and Kaabi, both 21, are each competing for the fourth time as they continue to try to forge a new path for Qatari golf. 
DeChambeau, arguably the world’s most famous amateur golfer, met the Qatari duo at The St Regis Doha’s private beach, where the trio chatted, watched each other swing and even had a discussion about the American’s unusual set of irons, which are all the same length.
DeChambeau said: “I looked at the entry list for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters before I arrived and I saw that there were only five. I saw the names of the two Qatari players, so it’s great to meet Ali and Saleh today. I talked a bit about my game and experience, and they gave me some tips about the course, which was very useful!”
Last year, DeChambeau made history when he became only the fifth player to win the US Amateur and NCAA Division I individual title in one season, a feat previously achieved by only Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004).
Al Kaabi said: “It was fun to talk to Bryson as we know about his big wins in the USA and that he’s now travelling the world to play in pro events. He’s an interesting guy and we learned a lot. 
“We also told him about golf in Qatar and Doha Golf Club, our home course, and some of the best ways to play holes when it gets windy, which is likely this week.”
DeChambeau’s US Amateur victory earned him starts in this year’s first three Majors – the Masters Tournament, US Open and The Open Championship. 
However, after grabbing the first-round lead in Abu Dhabi last Thursday with an eight-under-par 64, he’s currently focused on conquering the DGC in the second event of The European Tour’s ‘desert swing’.
“The course at Doha Golf Club is incredible and in great shape, so I’m looking forward to it. The greens are great and the fairways are awesome. The rough isn’t up as much as it was last week, so it’s going to be a bit more playable, but the wind is going to toss us in for a little bit of a loop,” DeChambeau said.
“When the wind gets up, it’s about controlling trajectories and ball flight. If you’re able to do that and gauge how much the wind is affecting it based it on the height of the ball, you’ll be fine, so that’s what I’m going to try and do,” he said.    The Peninsula