Chris Wood Eagles 18 For Qatar Win

By Les Bailey
Chris Wood
Mitchell Gunn-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Wood came to the 72nd hole at The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters needing at least a birdie on the 589 yard par5 to make a playoff with Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee sitting in the clubhouse at 17 under par. Wood hit his approach shot from 202 yards to less than eight feet, and dropped the eagle putt to send everyone home. After beginning the day with the lead at the Doha Golf Course, Wood dropped two strokes with a double bogey at the third hole, and another bogey at the sixth hole, but got his ship righted before making the turn at even par. He made only one birdie and the eagle at the 18th to cap off his first tour win.

Wood began the week 142nd in World Rankings, and 137th in Race to Dubai points, and this win will improve both stats drastically. He finished his day with a three under par 69, but it was good enough on this day for the victory.

South African George Coetzee, who had his best round of the tournament, fired a seven under par 65 on Saturday, and got to the clubhouse to post the early lead at seven under par. Coetzee dropped a stroke at the third hole, but made the turn in 33, and after putting up an eagle of his own at the 10th, came home in 32.

Sergio Garcia came to the 18th hole needing a birdie to catch the clubhouse leader, and made one. He also dropped one stroke on the front nine, but made a bunch of birdies on the back nine. He played the back nine in 31, and was at six under par for his final round. Garcia had a nice debut for the 2013 season, but the 19th best player in the world would be one stroke short.

Branden Grace, and Simon Khan, who began the day within view of the lead, didn’t fare so well on Saturday. Grace shot a one under par 71, and Khan was even par for the day. They both ended their tournament in a tie for sixth place with Anthony Wall, who carded a three under par 69, and moved up five positions on the leaderboard.

Tongchai Jaidee got another top ten finish in Qatar. The 42 year old from Thailand has had a phenomenal run since the UBS Hong Kong Open where he finished in 10th place. He had a 7th place at the DP World Championship, Dubai, a 3rd at the Volvo Championship, and 9th place finishes at both the Abu Dhabi, and Qatar tournaments. He has climbed to 56th in World Rankings, and 9th in Race To Dubai points.

Jason Dufner, one of two Americans in the field in Qatar this weekend, shot a 69 on Saturday, and ended his tournament tied for ninth place at 11 under par. Todd Hamilton shot even par, and ended at four under, in a tie for 49th place.

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