Qatar Masters to go ahead despite Middle East conflict

BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2003 Qatar Masters | Preview | 11 Mar 2003
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The organisers of the Qatar Masters have come under pressure this week due to the volatility in the region, however, the event will go ahead as planned, albeit under tight security.

The Gulf State of Qatar was the headquarters for the allied forces during the Gulf War in 1991 and as a consequence many of the leading players felt that perhaps discretion is the better part of valour and have withdrawn from the event. That includes the defending champion Adam Scott, who has an engagement in Florida this week but under different circumstances may well have been there to defend his six shot win in 2002.

In 1999 I had the good fortune to do commentary at the event for European Tour Productions and was very impressed with the Peter Harradine designed desert layout. Warm winds swept across from the neighbouring Saudi Arabia and when you consider where this course was built it is quite an achievement, although in this region, money is not really an object.

Leading players entered this week are Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley, Ian Woosnam, Phillip Price and Nick Dougherty.

Australasians lining up include Jarrod Moseley, Richard Green, Peter Fowler, Stephen Scahill, Lucas Parsons, Brett Rumford, Ed Stedman, Steve Bowditch and Marcus Fraser.

 

Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -13 Darren Fichardt South Africa 71 69 66 69 275
2   ↓T1 -13 James Kingston South Africa 68 67 71 69 275
3   ↑T4 -11 Paul Mcginley Ireland 68 72 70 67 277
4 -10 David Howell England 66 72 72 68 278
T5   ↓3 -7 Peter Fowler Australia 71 67 71 72 281
T5   ↑T22 -7 Peter Hedblom Sweden 71 71 73 66 281
7   ↑T9 -6 David Park Wales 70 71 71 70 282
T8   ↑T13 -5 Gary Evans England 73 70 70 70 283
T8   ↓T7 -5 John Bickerton England 73 70 68 72 283
T8   ↓T4 -5 Richard Green Australia 71 69 70 73 283
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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    About the Author: Bruce Young

    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.


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