EurAsia Cup stars set for Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

 21 Jan 2016 - 0:02

EurAsia Cup stars set for Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Former Qatar Masters champion Chris Wood with the trophy in this  file picture.

Doha:  Former champion Chris Wood is among six of Europe’s victorious EurAsia Cup team confirmed to compete in the $2.5m Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which will be held at Doha Golf Club from January 27 to 30.
Wood, 28, and fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, 21, will be joined in Doha by EurAsia Cup team-mates Victor Dubuisson of France, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, Søren Kjeldsen of Denmark and Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden.
Previous winners Henrik Stenson (2006), Sergio Garcia (2014) and Branden Grace (2015), 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen and reigning US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau have already been announced.
The towering Wood first made global headlines when he finished fifth at the 2008 Open Championship as a 20-year-old amateur before underlining his huge potential by finishing joint third the following year. In January 2013, his victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters prompted an emotional reaction as he celebrated his first European Tour title.
After a winless 2014 season that ended prematurely in November due to a wrist injury, Wood bounced back last year. He secured his second title in Austria in June and had seven other top-10 finishes on The European Tour – including four in a row from early October – to finish 17th on The Race to Dubai and secure a place in Darren Clarke’s EurAsia Cup team.
“I’m really happy to return to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters because I had to miss it last year because of my wrist injury. I’ve been playing well since returning from injury and I was really happy to win in Austria, which showed me that I could win again,” Wood said.
“I’ve played really consistently since then and was proud to earn my place on the EurAsia Cup team. Now I’m looking forward to going back to Doha, as it’s a course I can do well on and I’m playing well enough to have another run at the trophy. Winning there remains one of the highlights of my career.” 
Fitzpatrick will also be one to watch after a stunning European Tour rookie campaign that featured a memorable win at October’s British Masters, one runner-up, four thirds and a tie for fourth at November’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Dubuisson, 25, will return to Doha with confidence, having tied for ninth for three straight years, from 2011 to 2013. The French star is the only European player to have played in both EurAsia Cups, while he also played in the victorious 2014 Ryder Cup campaign.
Dubuisson underlined his reputation as one of the continent’s leading lights with his victory at November’s Turkish Airlines Open, which helped him finish 11th on The Race to Dubai and boosted his confidence for the new season.
“I am glad to be returning to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, as I’ve been very consistent here, although it would be nice to finish above ninth for once! I started to play better at the end of last year, so I want to continue this way in Doha,” Dubuisson said.
Hassan Al Nuaimi, President of the Qatar Golf Association, said: “We are always proud to welcome back former champions to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and Chris Wood is a particular favourite after winning in such dramatic style three years ago. He also remains the only English winner of the event.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris and five of his EurAsia Cup teammates, especially as many of these players are aiming to qualify for the Ryder Cup later this year, so it’s a chance for our fans to see genuine rising stars at the beginning of an exciting season.”