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Ernie Els favourite for Qatar Masters

World number three Ernie Els is in danger of outclassing his opponents during his maiden bid for the $1.5 million Qatar Masters which starts at the Doha Golf Club on Thursday.

The next highest-ranked player in this year's PGA European Tour event is Australian left-hander Richard Green, ranked 52nd in the world rankings.

South African Els arrives in Doha in top form after pipping Miguel Angel Jimenez to the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday thanks to an eagle three on the final hole.

Els, 35, will use the event as an opportunity to bolster his confidence further and fine-tune his game ahead of golf's opening major of the year, the U.S. Masters, in three weeks.

"I think I'm in the right kind of form. I've got my first win of the season under my belt. As I said earlier, it felt good. I should win more tournaments this year," Els told reporters on Wednesday.

"This week is going to be very important for me. This is the first time I will be playing in Doha.

"The (Doha Golf Club) course plays quite similar to the one at Dubai, firm and fast. It's quite long as well, more than 7,300 yards.

"But it suits me fine. I'm hitting my driver pretty well. Let's hope I can make it two victories in a row."

Els's presence has given a big boost to the stature of the event as the highest ranked player to have played in this event since it started in 1998.

The field, though, is not completely short of big names.

European Ryder Cup player Paul McGinley of Ireland, Europe's new Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam, Sweden's defending champion Joakim Haeggman and former winners Paul Lawrie, Andrew Coltart, Rolf Muntz and Darren Fichardt would all hope to give Els a run for his money.

The Asian contingent includes Thailand's Malaysian Open champion Thongchai Jaidee and leading Indian players Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa.


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