Korea s Wang Takes Charge of 20th Commercial Bank Qatar Masters


Wang Jeunghun raised hopes of a first Asian champion at the 20th Commercial Bank Qatar Masters after the 21-year-old Korean shot a bogey-free 65 to take a three-shot lead into Sunday’s final round at Doha Golf Club.
After starting Saturday in a nine-way tie at eight-under, the 2016 European Tour Rookie of the Year – who won back-to-back titles in Morocco and Mauritius last May – moved to 15-under to finish three ahead of playing partner Jaco Van Zyl (68) of South Africa and Spain’s Nacho Elvira (68), who are both seeking a first European Tour win.
South Africa’s Thomas Aiken (68) was fourth on 11-under, one ahead of 2016 Ryder Cup players Rafa Cabrera Bello (66) of Spain and Andy Sullivan (70) of England, Englishman Nathan Kimsey (66), Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat (70) and Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren (67).
Among the star draws, four-time Major winner Ernie Els (71), World Number 10 Alex Noren (71) and 2013 champion Chris Wood (70) were on seven-under, two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer (68) was six-under and 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell (70) was five-under.
However, it was Wang who was the star of the day as he signed autographs and took photos with a large crowd after taking control of the tournament with birdies at holes three, five, nine, 10, 11, 16 and 18.
Wang is playing the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters for the first time, but admitted he’s enjoying a love affair with the Championship Course, which has produced a star-studded list of champions including Els, Adam Scott, Retief Goosen and Sergio Garcia.
First held in 1998, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters has helped establish Qatar as a world-class sporting venue and is considered the country’s annual ‘must-attend’ sporting and social event.
Sitting at the heart of the European Tour’s Middle East swing, the tournament attracted over 25,000 spectators in 2016 and was broadcast to a global TV audience of over 400 million.(QNA)