11 March 2021

Scotland’s Law leads by a shot on Day 1

The 29-year-old picked up five birdies in his opening eight holes on Thursday.
By Mohammad Amin

Doha (Qatar):Scotland’s David Law was off to a confident start as he attempts to to join fellow countrymen Paul Lawrie and Andrew Coltart on the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters roll of honour.

On a relatively hot but calm Thursday, the 29-year-old picked up five birdies in his opening eight holes in the first round to top the leaderboard by a shot at the end of the day.

The Scott hasn’t had a top 10 finish recently, but had a good putt on the 16 and 17 to take the lead.

Defending champion Jorge Campillo also had an impressive start with 4-under-par.

The 34-year-old chipped in a birdie on the seventh. The Spaniard came on to the championship last year on the back of three consecutive missed cuts.

Campillo did the same this time, but he simply loves the 18th green, this is where he putted so well to defeat David Drysdale to win his maiden Qatar Masters last year.

“I feel good. I had a good practice last few weeks. I played solid. I played good today,” said the Spaniard. “The greens are perfect and rolling good.”

2018 champion Eddie Pepperell started off nicely with a four-straight birdies and finished with a round of 69, two under par.

Finland’s Kalle Samooja, who competed here last year, had a top three finish, six on the par 65 same as Englishman Richard Mcevoy.