The strange tournament that is the Qatar Masters is set for the final round. The tournament has already been impacted by windy conditions that have forced it to shorten the tournament to three rounds. It turns out the windy conditions also hurt some golfers more than others. Those that played in the worst of the wind faded back while others emerged. But there won't be any excuses when the final round begins on Sunday, February 5.
Paul Lawrie is the new leader after shooting a 67 in the second round. He holds a one shot lead over Nicolas Colsaerts. The two previous leaders had some tough days. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was damaged by having to play five holes before the second round was called on February 3. He ended up with a 75 in the second round and dropped from first into a tie for 17th. John Daly was the leader after play was called in February 3. He came out and shot a 73, dropping into a tie for seventh place. Meanwhile, K.J. Choi really slipped with a second round 78. He missed the cut as a result. Other notable golfers to miss the cut include Henrik Stenson, Ross Fisher, Hunter Mahan, and Colin Montgomerie.
Entering the final round there are 25 golfers within five shots of the lead. Among those names are Jason Day, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Ben Curtis, and Sergio Garcia. Despite the windy conditions there are a good number of big names still chasing the leader. That should make for an entertaining final round. Ideally the weather will allow the golfers to play on an even playing field. It would be a shame to see those that start earlier or later be hurt by the varying conditions. Then again that is how golf goes. With the way this has gone I wouldn't expect Lawrie to finish on top. This tournament feels like there will be too much going on for someone to lead the entire final day. I think another one of the 25 golfers within striking distance will come up and steal the title.
* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. Follow him on Twitter here.