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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Something's New in Qatar

The Qatar Masters was first played in 1998. This year there's been a change...

Defending champion Justin Harding

Defending (first time ET) champion Justin Harding won at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar in 2019. But this year he'll do something no other defending champion has done -- defend on a new course.

The Education City Golf Club was designed by Jose Maria Olazábal, and it makes its debut as the host course this year. The Championship Course plays just over 7300 yards and, after playing nine holes there, Harding told that he expected the wind to be a big factor this week.

He'll be teeing it up beside another first-time winner, last week's Oman Open champion Sami Välimäki. ISPS Handa Vic Open winner Min Woo Lee (Minjee Lee's brother) is also in the field, as are some ET stalwarts like Eddie Pepperell, Thomas Pieters and Martin Kaymer.

If you live here in the US and want to watch, however, you'll have to get up pretty early. GC's live coverage is listed to start at 3am ET. But this is always a good tournament -- a lot of major winners have won in Qatar -- so if you're able to get up that early, it should be a good watch.

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