The South African's chances look good.
He won the Dunhill Championship in December and finished second the following week at the South African Open. He's also the defending champion of the Qatar Masters, which begins Thursday at the Doha Golf Club.
Langer's mark for consecutive cuts began at the 1991 PGA Championship at Wentworth, England. It ended at the same tournament five years later.
Els began his run at the 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic in Taiwan.
Should he make the cut, Els can break the record the following week at the Dubai Desert Classic. He has won that event three times, including last year. He had a course-record 61 in 1994.
Vijay Singh, ranked No. 2 in the world, joins Els in the field for the $2 million event in Qatar. Singh finished eighth at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Sunday.
'I have no special goals or ambitions for the new season,' Singh said. 'I am only concerned about playing hard and winning. Goals for a new season or rankings are not so important, I feel. The important thing is to play well and things will take care of themselves.'
Lee Westwood of England, Paul Lawrie of Scotland and Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland are also in the field.
Singh will play the Doha Golf course for the first time.
'I have heard the course is much harder than what I saw in Abu Dhabi,' he said. 'The course over there was softer. And I gather that is not the case here, so that excites me.'