Posted on January 16, 2017

Thorbjørn Olesen will be looking to go one better than his runner-up finish in last year’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters when he competes in the tournament’s landmark 20th edition from January 26-29.

Olesen, 27, is in fine form, having lifted two trophies in November. The Dane won the Turkish Airlines Open for his fourth European Tour title in five years and three weeks later teamed up with Søren Kjeldsen in Australia to secure Denmark’s first-ever win at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

Olesen, who finished a career-high 12th on the 2016 Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, is now sizing up his seventh successive appearance in Doha as he again bids to become only the second Dane to lift the Mother of Pearl Trophy and follow the 2011 victory by Thomas Bjørn, the European Captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup. “I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to winning the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters so it would be nice to go one step further and win this time,” said Olesen, who shared second with Rafa Cabrera Bello in last year’s tournament, having tied for third with the Spaniard in 2014. “I’ve had two really good results in Qatar in the last three years and it would be nice to secure a victory.”

Olesen – who turned pro when he was 18 – has long shown star pedigree and has had two top ten finishes in Major Championships, tying for ninth at The Open Championship in 2012 and sixth at the following year’s Masters Tournament. As well as his runner-up finish in Qatar last January, Olesen also tied for second at the BMW International Open in Germany in June so was delighted to finish the season on a high in Turkey and Australia. “It was a good time for me at the end of the year with the victory in Turkey and winning the World Cup with Søren,” said Olesen, who was playing in his third World Cup but first with Kjeldsen. “I really hope I can now build on that finish and start 2017 strongly. Qatar has become a fixture on my schedule and I play well there, so I’m really looking forward to the event.”

Hassan Al Naimi, President of the Qatar Golf Association, said: “Denmark were deserving champions of the World Cup of Golf and it’s great for our fans that Thorbjørn Olesen will compete at Doha Golf Club again. We all look forward to this great young player challenging for the title again after coming close in recent years.” First held in 1998, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters has helped establish Qatar as a world-class sporting venue and is considered the country’s annual ‘must-attend’ sporting and social event. Sitting at the heart of the European Tour’s Middle East swing, the tournament attracted over 25,000 spectators in 2016 and was broadcast to a global TV audience of over 400 million.

Tickets for the 20th Commercial Bank Qatar Masters are now available for purchase at Virgin Megastores (online and in-store in Doha), Doha Golf Club, St Regis Hotel Doha, Intercontinental Hotel Doha, Radisson Blu Hotel Doha, Fnac Lagoona Mall and online on the following websites: q-tickets.com, 800tickets.com and iloveqatar.net. Tickets are priced as follows, starting at QAR150:

Tournament day

Ticket type

Ticket price

Thursday 26 January

General admission ticket

QAR 150

Friday 27 January

General admission ticket

QAR 200

Saturday 28 January

General admission ticket

QAR 200

Sunday 29 January

General admission ticket

QAR 200

Season Pass Thursday to Sunday

Includes general admission on all four days

QAR 450

Entry is free for children under 14 years of age. For those looking for an extra-special experience with the best views of the course and an exclusive culinary experience hospitality packages are now available to purchase through the tournament’s official website qatar-masters.com/hospitalityOfficial Website: qatar-masters.comHospitality: qatar-masters.com/hospitalityFacebook: facebook.com/CommercialBankQatarMastersTwitter: @CBQatarMastersInstagram: @CBQatarMasters; Official hashtag: #MyCBQatarMasters

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