Harrington Heads Trimmed Down Field


After traveling halfway around the world last week, the European Tour makes a short trip from Dubai to this week's Qatar Masters in Doha, Qatar.
With the possibility of war looming in the area, there have been quite a few players that have withdrawn from the event but those still set to tee it up include Padraig Harrington, Ian Woosnam, Ryder Cup hero's Paul McGinley and Phillip Price, and young gun Nick Dougherty.
Harrington will be looking to get back on track after a long winter layoff that saw him go two months without teeing it up. He finished in a tie for 47th at last week's Dubai Desert Classic, his first European tournament since winning the season-opening BMW Asian Open last November.
Woosnam is coming off a strong showing in Dubai in which he finished in a tie for third behind world No. 2 Ernie Els and just three strokes behind the eventual winner Robert-Jan Derksen.
Price, too, played well in Dubai, finishing in a tie for ninth in his first tournament of the year.
Dougherty, just 21 years of age, came in a tie for 20th in Dubai and returns to Qatar after producing one of his best performances in his young career at last year's event. Four straight sub-70 days landed the young Englishman in second place behind only the champion Adam Scott.
Doha Golf Club is located in the middle of the desert, but is accompanied with eight artificial lakes and thousands upon thousands of different types of plants and vegetation.
Statistical Preview of the Qatar Masters