Posted on January 17, 2017

Two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer will compete at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters for the first time since 2014 when the long-standing European Tour event celebrates its 20th edition from January 26-29.

Four-time Major winner Ernie Els, former Open Champion Paul Lawrie and Thomas Bjørn, recently appointed Europe’s Captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup, will also compete at Doha Golf Club, where all three have lifted the Mother of Pearl Trophy. Kaymer, 32, made seven straight appearances in Qatar from 2008 and enjoyed his best finishes in 2012 and 2013, tying for ninth in successive years. The former World Number One, who won the US PGA Championship in 2010 and the US Open in 2014, will be a star attraction in Doha as he seeks to add to his 11 European Tour titles.

“I’m excited about returning to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as it was a regular part of my schedule for many years and it’s a great tournament,” said Kaymer. “I like the layout, it’s nice weather in Doha at that time of year and it has produced many great winners. Hopefully I have the chance to join that list.”

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Els won on his tournament debut in 2005 and will be playing the event for a ninth time – and fifth in succession. Bjørn competed in the tournament’s first edition in 1998 and has played 12 times, winning in 2011. Lawrie, who won in 1999 and 2012, also competed in the inaugural tournament and will make his 18th appearance this month, having only missed the event in 2000 and 2003. The Scot is one of three two-time winners of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters along with Adam Scott (2002, 2008) and Branden Grace (2015, 2016).

The field also includes 2013 champion Chris Wood, his 2016 Ryder Cup teammates Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Andy Sullivan, and in-form World Number Nine Alex Noren, who won four European Tour titles last year.. Other former champions in the field include Robert Karlsson (2010), Alvaro Quiros (2009) and Darren Fichardt (2003). Hassan Al Naimi, President of the Qatar Golf Association, said: “We welcome back Martin Kaymer to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. As a former World Number One and with two Major titles in recent years, he is a true headline draw and the fans will be excited about his return. “Ernie Els is one of the greatest players of the modern generation, with four Major titles and dozens of pro titles around the world, and always a crowd favourite. It is wonderful to see Ernie and other former champions including Paul Lawrie and Thomas Bjørn – now in the spotlight as Ryder Cup Captain – continue to compete here, year after year.”

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, FnacLagoona 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

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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/hospitality.  

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