Rafa Is Right For The Qatar Masters
- 24 Jan 2017
2017 Qatar Masters Betting Preview
The 20th edition of the Qatar Masters takes centre stage on the European Tour this week and we have drawn up a shortlist of three for the Doha Golf Club, with the door very much open as two-time defending champion Branden Grace is not in attendance for a potential three in a row...
|26th January - 29th January||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
| Rafa Cabrera-Bello (each way)
|@ 18 / 1|
|Thorbjorn Olesen (each way)||@ 33 / 1|
|Thomas Aiken (each way)||@ 45 / 1||P|
The Leading Contenders
It is Bernd Wiesberger who is the 12/1 favourite to win the Qatar Masters and he has a decent record here having finished 3rd in 2015 and 13th in 2016, with the excellent ball-striker racking up seven top-sevens from his last eight appearances worldwide.
Wiesberger is joined at the head of the market by the brilliant Alexander Noren (12/1 with Bet Victor), who is bidding to add to the four European Tour titles he won during the second-half of 2016. The Swede has twice finished in the top-ten here in recent seasons and ranks as an obvious threat.
Meanwhile, two-time major winner Martin Kaymer's (14/1) best results from seven previous appearances in Qatar are a pair of 9th place finishes and the German is best left alone, while Sunday's impressive Abu Dhabi winner, Tommy Fleetwood, can be backed at 18/1.
It is another 18/1 shot who heads our shortlist his week though as the ultra-consistent Rafa Cabrera-Bello has a fine record at the Doha Golf Club, where he has finished no worse than 35th in his last six visits (3-35-22-3-33-2). The Spaniard hasn't missed a cut since The Players - a run of 18 tournaments - and the man who finished eighth on the Race To Dubai last year has been in good touch, finishing runner-up at the Hong Kong Open at the back end of 2016 before tying for 19th in Abu Dhabi last week.
A win is just around the corner for Cabrera-Bello and a Doha course that rewards accurate players could be the scene of his success.
Tip #1: Rafa Cabrera-Bello (each way) @ 18/1 with Bet Victor.
This track in Qatar is one that often suits players who thrive on links-type courses, with scrambling and finding greens in regulation very much the statistics to focus on, which brings us to Thorbjorn Olesen. The former Alfred Dunhill Links winner ended 2016 in fine fashion as he won the Turkish Airlines Open before joining forces with Soren Kjeldsen to win the World Cup of Golf for Denmark. The 27-year-old warmed up for Qatar with a tie for 29th in Abu Dhabi, where he blew the off-season cobwebs away, and he will be relishing a trip to Doha, where he has gone 3-MC-2 in his past three appearances.
Tip #2: Thorbjorn Olesen (each way) @ 33/1 with Paddy Power.
Finally, Thomas Aiken has picked up where he left off last year as his last three outings either side of the new year have yielded results of 4-5-12 and Doha is likely to be a good fit for a player who is so accurate from tee-to-green. The South African finished 6th here in 2011 and 5th in 2014, with Bet 365 going a tempting 45/1 on his chances this week.
Tip #3: Thomas Aiken (each way) @ 45/1 with Bet 365.