Betting Preview for the 2021 Qatar Masters – Odds and Best Bets

| March 9, 2021 3:33 am PDT

The European Tour resumes after a five-week hiatus despite many of its stars being some 13,000 kilometers away in Ponte Vedra Beach. The lack of household names in Qatar may discourage some casual fans, but seasoned online bettors are likely to be enticed.

On that note, spend a couple of minutes diverting your attention from TPC Sawgrass and dive into the action in Doha. I’m talking about locking in some Qatar Masters predictions.

2021 Qatar Masters Odds

Thomas Pieters leading the way at +1800 alludes to the shortage of world-class players in the field. Pieters is a gifted golfer, but the fact of the matter is he hasn’t won in over 18 months and has recorded a total of three top-10s since the start of 2020.

Next in line is one of Pieters’ former teammates in Champaign and a fellow countryman, Thomas Detry. “This Thomas” has never won on the European Tour and has cracked the top-25 just once in his last six starts.

Antoine Rozner and Andy Sullivan spark a bit of interest, but not enough to make the cut for my Qatar Masters picks.

Qatar Masters Results – What Happened in 2020?

Education City Golf Club is set to host the proceedings for the second straight year. The gorgeous par-71 layout designed by Jose Maria Olazábal proved to be a difficult test in 2020, specifically on and around the greens.

The graphic below showcases the individuals who recorded top-10s here last year.

2020 Qatar Masters Leaderboard
Finish Player Final Score
1 Jorge Campillo -13
2 David Drysdale -13
T3 Niklas Lemke -12
T3 Kalle Samooja -12
T3 Jeff Winther -12
6 Alexander Bjork -11
T7 Nino Bertasio -10
T7 George Coetzee -10
T7 Marcus Kinhult -10
T7 Pablo Larrazabal -10
T7 Chris Paisley -10

Those wondering how hard it is to win on the European Tour, just ask David Drysdale. The 45-year-old Scotsman birdied the first two holes of last year’s sudden-death playoff and still ultimately came up short against Jorge Campillo.

2021 Qatar Masters Pick to Win

After catching fire late in 2020, George Coetzee has been knocking on the door in 2021. The 34-year-old South African has finished 11th or better in two of three starts in the calendar year and arrives in Doha riding lots of confidence in his flat stick.

In fact, George’s strides on and around the greens are one of the main reasons I’m excited about his chances at Education City GC.

George Coetzee By the Numbers
  European Tour Rank in 2020 European Tour Rank in 2021
SG: Putting 39th 20th
SG: Around the Green 95th 26th
Average Putts Per Round 55th 8th
Sand Save % 57th 5th

Rather than hope for one of the young guns to break through, why not back a five-time winner on the European Tour who enjoys his time in the Middle East?

Not only did Coetzee deliver four red numbers here last season en route to a T7, his five bogeys for the week tied for the fewest number of bogeys of anyone in the field. after shopping George’s Qatar Masters odds around all of the best golf sportsbooks, I settled in on his +2500 price tag lurking at BetOnline.

  • George Coetzee

Best Bets for the 2021 Qatar Masters

Attacking the top-10 and top-20 markets is a fun way to dabble in European Tour betting online. Having said that, here are two additional predictions for the Qatar Masters in 2021.

Kurk Kitayama to Finish Top 10

Kurt Kitayama is known for being a premium ball-striker who can tag it a long way, that’s not going to change. However, it’s worth noting that Kitayama leads the European Tour in SG: Around the Green over the last three months.

Also worth noting, Kurt has gotten progressively better over his last three appearances – all taking place on the Middle Eastern Swing.

  • T35 – Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
  • T20 – Omega Dubai Desert Classic
  • T12 – Saudi International

Sean Crocker to Finish Top 20

Having placed 22nd or better in four of his last six starts, including a runner-up at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, it’s only a matter of time until Sean Crocker visits winner’s circle. The USC product ranks 2nd on the European Tour in GIR (10th in GIR in 2020) and 15th in Driving Distance; it simply comes down to Sean improving on the greens.

Fortunately, as good as Crocker hits it, even a mediocre week on the putting surfaces should be enough to log a top-20 in what’s a fairly weak field.

When you’re ready to move on to the “best field in professional golf,” check out my PLAYERS Championship predictions below. 

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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