Three players are tied at the top of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters leaderboard after the 1st round at Doha Golf Club. Grégory Havret, France, with Eddie Pepperell and Aaron Rai from England lead.
Eddie, Aaron, and Grégory all carded first rounds of -7 under par 65 in the calm conditions at Doha Golf Club, and lead the tournament by one shot.
Eddie has a new coach;
“I’ve made some changes this week with personnel so I’ve been working on a couple of new things and I surprised myself out there with how well I managed to trust it.”
“I’m looking forward to the weekend but even more so moving forward to the rest of the season.”
“I want to push forward and I just feel like my game has been hitting ceilings a bit. I want to break through that.”
Grégory has gained confidence with his putter, and that was the key;
“I was putting well and that’s definitely the key, last week I didn’t play much different and I missed the cut by a lot.”
“As soon as you feel your putting is not able to compensate for your mistakes you put more pressure on your driving and your iron shots and then it can be a disaster as you try things that you normally don’t.”
“It’s all part of the process, if you putt well you feel comfortable.”
Aaron made it to the European Tour via three wins on the Challenge Tour last season;
“I drove it well and then gave myself a lot of opportunities with the approach play, didn’t miss too many greens.”
“Gameplan-wise, you have to be doing something right and playing some good golf to shoot a 65 so I’ll just continue in the same vein and try not to change too much.”
Oliver Fisher, England, Edoardo Molinari, Italy, Alvaro Quiros, Spain and Marcel Schneider, Germany, are all sharing fourth place, shooting -6 under 66 for their opening rounds.