Commercial Bank Qatar Masters: Coetzee stalking trophy at big odds

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Get the factor 50 out and take plenty of fluids on board as the European Tour is off to the desert early in 2015, but there are a few players in the field who won’t be fazed by the heat.

It is no surprise whatsoever to see Sergio Garcia claim favourite status at 7/1 for the Qatar Masters, such has been his form at the event, which has now run annually without a drinks break since 1998.

Such continuity, especially as Doha Golf Club has played host on every occasion since its inception, is a dream to the would-be golf betting enthusiast.

Garcia defends the trophy and it had been coming for El Nino who has now finished fifth, second and first in the last three years and not dropped out of the top 20 on any of his previous eight starts.

However, as with some of the other frontrunners a few cautionary tales accompany the world number six’s chances, namely, that no one has ever successfully defended the title.

This is also the Spaniard’s first competitive outing of the season, so rust could be a factor, while 8/1 chance Justin Rose will have to reverse some pretty torrid fortunes in Qatar to justify his price.

Major winner Rose may have finished 12th in Abu Dhabi prior to this, but he’s only made a single cut in five appearances in Doha.

Henrik Stenson, at 10s, is a former winner and three-time runner-up at the event, but even so, the Swede has got some way to go to recapture that form, and that which won him the 2014 season-ending championships in Dubai.

Stenson missed the cut in Abu Dhabi last week and by his own admission has stated he’s a “work in progress” early in the season.

Instead Ladbrokes customers ought to have a blast at South African George Coetzee, at a smoking-hot price of 40/1.

Coetzee has finished in the top five in successive seasons in Qatar, while he also led the European Tour in Putts per GIR last season.

The expansive greens which prevail at the Doha layout give Coetzee the perfect stage to work some magic with the flat stick.

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