I’m a lot more focused on my targets than swings: Law

By Armstrong Vas

Doha (Qatar): David Law admitted focus played a key role after he ended the opening on top of the leaderboard Commercial Bank Qatar Masters here at the Education City Golf Club course on Thursday.

“I’m a lot more focused on my targets rather than my golf swings. Over the last couple of seasons I’ve been guilty of asking myself ‘why I’ve been hitting bad shots, instead of just going on to hit the next one’,” said Law, who carded seven birdies to take a one stroke lead.

The 29-year-old Scotsman, who has one European title under his belt having won the ISPS Handa Vic Open in early 2019, carded 7-under par 64.

“I’ve been guilty over the last few weeks when I’ve had decent rounds going but not finishing them off. I was semi-conscious of sticking with it and trying to go low. I was really happy with how I stuck to my routines, my processes and I came out of it with a good score,” Law added.

Four other players Kalle Samooja of Finland, Richard McEvoy of England, Hennie Du Plessis of South Africa and Nino Betasio of Italy follow the leader with an identical 6-under par 65.

“That was probably one of the easiest 65s I’ve ever shot. My game hasn’t been great up until now. Three weeks in the Middle East at the start of the year wasn’t great, but there were signs of some good golf going on,” McEvoy said.

Thomas Detry of Belgium, Garrick Higgo, of South Africa, Joakim Lagergren (Sweden) and Joachim B Hansen (Denmark) were one stroke behind the second-placed group.

“A good start was pretty important. If you’re too many shots behind it’s hard to catch when the wind picks up,” said Samooja.

Defending champion Jorge Campillo began his title defence with a four under par round of 67 along with Toby Tree of England, George Coetzee of South Africa, Pedro Figueiredo of Portugal, Kurt Kitayama of USA, Maximilian Kieffer of Germany, Scott Jamieson of Scotland, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, Jeff Winther of Denmark, Chris Paisley of England, and Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay.

Scotland’s Law leads by a shot on Day 1

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.