There are two players tied at the top of the Qatar Open leaderboard, Louis Oosthuizen and Pablo Larrazábal.
Louis and Pablo both mastered the windy conditions at the Doha Golf Club, to post bogey free first round scores of -7 under par 65 for the Qatar Open tournament.
Louis stated that he likes the windy conditions, and he made some good putts;
“I like windy conditions, if it gets really strong, then it gets difficult.”
I think patience is the big thing when it really blows hard, but today was just a good wind, and a lot of flighted shots.”
“There are a lot of cross-wind shots, where you’re not sure if it’s in or a little down, so you need to have that wind map out and handy.”
“Bogey-free is always good, there were two occasions where I looked like I was going to make bogeys but recovered well, and the rest was just pretty solid.”
“It was good ball-striking today, and I made one or two putts.”
Pablo is hitting the ball nicely, and was happy with the seven birdie putts today;
“I’m very happy, I hit it very well tee-to-green, 17 greens in regulation which with these conditions is very good.”
“I gave myself a lot of birdie chances and that was key.”
“To always have a birdie putt is key in these conditions because you know with these kind of greens, you’re not going to hole too many, but I holed seven, so it was very good.”
“I played very well last week. I made a few silly mistakes every day and that’s why I didn’t go lower. I felt very well last week. I’m hitting the ball very well.”
Sharing third place is Andrew Johnson and Bjõrn Åkesson, both at -6 under par. These guys are followed by eight players all tied together at -5 under par.
Looks like this is going to be a really tight contest, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Sergio Garcia is in the field, he managed an opening round -2 under 70, and will have to do better if he wants to make his mark here.