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Qatar Masters: wild sandstorm causing delay will have fans thinking Mission Impossible

The weather played an annoyingly massive role during the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. A wild sandstorm blew through Doha, Qatar, early Thursday, forcing a suspension of the first round of play at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The winds picked up, quickly blinding the players on the course.

“It just whipped up, the wind,” said Scotsman Stephen Gallacher, who played for the European Ryder Cup team in 2014. “When [the wind] gets up here, it can be tricky because it [blows] right across the whole golf course... It’s always a tough track, a tough walk through the sand as well.” The scene was reminiscent to fans of the film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Golfers had a difficult seeing what was in front of them at times.

The DP World Tour suspended play around 12:30 p.m. local time. The first round resumed at 1:45 p.m. when the winds subsided.

Half of the field were then able to finish their rounds, including 2023 Ryder Cup star Robert MacIntyre, who carded a bogey-free 6-under 66.

“It’s just about giving yourself chances and trying to hole the putts,” MacIntyre said after the round. “It’s the best I’ve seen this place, and I’ve been playing well.”

MacIntyre most recently finished in a tie for 26th at the Andalucia Masters. His best finish this season came at the Genesis Scottish Open, where Rory McIlroy bested him by one, thanks to McIlroy’s heroics on the 72nd hole.

But the happy-going Scotsman decided to make some changes this fall, including swapping caddies and playing a different ball.

Nevertheless, he is in contention again at a course that suits his eye.

“The course is in immaculate condition,” MacIntyre said.Many other players raved about Doha Golf Club, the host of the Qatar Masters.

“I love this golf course and, when it got quite windy towards the end, I enjoyed that, and it was good fun,” said Ewen Ferguson of Scotland, who, like MacIntyre, shot 66 on Thursday.

“Not as different as I thought. It’s in immaculate condition again; it’s just a bit hot.”

Indeed, temperatures in Qatar reached the high 80s on Thursday, and the weather is forecasted to hover in the low 90s throughout the weekend.

That could lead to more sandstorms, should the wind pick up, but it could also lead to ominous thunderstorms, which was the case Thursday evening.

The first round of play was suspended at 3:02 p.m. local time, roughly 75 minutes after play resumed after the sandstorm delay.The weather certainly created a whirlwind of a schedule on Thursday, as Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Daniel Hiller of New Zealand lead at 7-under after 18 holes.

“[The wind] makes a big difference,” Hiller said after his round.

“It makes it harder to hit fairways, and if you’re missing fairways, it’s really hard to control the ball. The greens are firm, so it’s really hard to stop it. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes this afternoon, but I’ll be at the hotel kicking up my feet, so happy days.”

Hiller should be feeling happy after his round, but with the first round suspended, the entire 132-person field at the Qatar Masters is kicking up their feet this afternoon.

Half the field will have an early start ahead of them on Friday, as play resumes at 6:30 a.m. local time.

They will likely have to deal with the early morning humidity, which Jamieson and everyone else in the morning wave dealt with on Thursday.

“The only problem about being out first is it is so humid, but you obviously get less wind,” Jamieson said.

Golf Channel will air live coverage of the Qatar Masters beginning at 4 a.m. ET Friday.The DP World Tour gets the DFS spotlight this week and it’s not due to their announcement on handing out more playing chances to PGA Tour members.

With the PGA Tour dormant, that means boosted DFS prize pools for the DPWT circuit.

So, what event will draw our attention? It’s the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club. This course brings plenty of history to the equation, having been used at this event since the late 90s, with the exception of the 2020 and 2021 editions that were played elsewhere during a Doha renovation.

Location and grass type are two split stats we can dig into to find some DFS value options and I’m going to focus on the grass type first.Bentgrass is the most common putting surface seen on the DP World Tour but paspalum is growing in popularity.

When course designer Peter Harradine did a recent renovation at Doha he made the switch to use Dynasty Paspalum. It’s a very salt- and drought-tolerant surface which is perfect for the area.

Here are the top performers in adjusted strokes gained per round when playing on courses with paspalum greens, over the last two years:Overlap List: Names that show up on both lists include Thorbjorn Olesen, Rasmus Hojgaard, Matthieu Pavon, Pablo Larrazabl, Marcel Siem, Zander Lombard, Richard Mansell, Scott Jamieson, and Daniel Gavins.

Pavon is a recent winner and he could get right back into the mix if his past performance on paspalum is any indicator.

Olesen with converging trends at Doha

The 33-year-old Dane arrives with top-20 finishes in three of his last four starts including a T-9 finish last week at the Andalucia Masters. His irons have consistently been better than the field, positive adjusted strokes gained approach numbers in eight of his last 10 starts. On top of the good recent form, he also has a good history on paspalum, evidenced by his appearance on the overlap list above. He has more supporting evidence when diving into his course history at Doha as Olesen has a four-pack of top 25s on his course resume including a pair of podiums (T-3 in 2014; T-2 in 2016). The converging trends make him a nice DFS option to consider when looking for a name above $10K on DraftKings.

Larrazabal putting the puzzle pieces together at Doha GC

The Spaniard’s course results were okay but nothing to write home about from 2010 to 2017. Since then, he’s finished top 5 on the leaderboard in two of his last three visits to Doha GC. Last year was the first edition played with the new paspalum surfaces and Larrazabal finished 7th in strokes gained putting for the week (+5.24 SGP). He enters the week with middling results in recent months but does have two wins on the season so the great play isn’t too far removed. Perhaps a return to some happy hunting grounds will provide that spark to get him back into contention.


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