Paul Lawrie won the Commercialbank Qatar Masters by four strokes on Sunday Feb. 5, 2012. Jason Day and Peter Hanson finished tied for second four strokes back. John Daly finished in fourth place, six strokes behind the leader.
The tournament was shortened to three rounds after Friday's round was called off due to high winds.
Paul Lawrie simply got better with each round. He started with a 69, then a 67, and finished with a 65 to win the tournament for the second time in his career. The victory moved Lawrie up to third place in the European Tour Race to Dubai. Paul will surely rise in the World Rankings after his victory. He came into the event ranked 78th in the world.
Jason Day should be able to hold on to the 10th spot in the World Rankings after finishing tied for second in Qatar. Day used a final-round 65 to tie Hanson and keep ahead of John Daly. Jason needs more top-five finishes to keep his high ranking and move up in the Race to Dubai standings.
Peter Hanson will likely move up the rankings after finishing tied for second in Qatar. He came into the event ranked 47th in the world. Peter did it with consistent 69s in the first two rounds. He saved his best for last when he scored a 67 for the final round.
John Daly had fallen to 543rd in the World Rankings coming into the Qatar Masters. He surely will skyrocket up the rankings after finishing in fourth place. As a fan, I hope Daly can continue to play good golf. He was able to hold off, by one shot, Sergio Garcia and three others who tied for fifth place.
The European Tour stays in the Middle East this week. Up next is the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will be the second time in three weeks the European Tour visits the country.
Will Paul Lawrie make it two in a row? Will Robert Rock win another event in the United Arab Emirates? Those questions and more will be answered next week.
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- John Daly
- Peter Hanson
- Paul Lawrie
- Commercialbank Qatar Masters