Dp, Hillier and Jamieson start strong in Qatar

First the strong wind, then the danger of lightning, then the stop

by Andrea Gussoni
Dp, Hillier and Jamieson start strong in Qatar
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First the strong wind, then the danger of lightning, then the stop. In Doha, the first round of the Qatar Masters of golf was suspended with Scotsman Scott Jamieson and New Zealander Daniel Hillier provisionally leading with a score of 65 (-7) shots.

Scots great protagonists in the DP World Tour tournament. Because if Jamieson is at the top, Ewen Ferguson (who defends the title won in 2022), Stephan Gallacher and Robert MacIntyre (among the architects of the Euro-triumph at the Ryder Cup in Rome) share the 3rd position with 66 (-6) together with the Spanish Santiago Tarrio.

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At the Doha GC (par 72) good start for Edoardo Molinari, 14th with 68 (-4) ahead of the Vicenza native Guido Migliozzi, 35th with 71 (-1). Five birdies (consecutive) and a bogey for Molinari, a bogey free attempt with a birdie for Migliozzi.

The event, now in its 26th edition, offers a total of 3,750,000 dollars and is the last tournament useful for maintaining the 'card' (and remaining on the main continental circuit in 2024), awarded to the first 116 of the Race To Dubai ( money list), given that the last two will be limited in number and reserved for the top of the class (66 in South Africa and 50 in Dubai).

Qatar is an emirate in the Middle East with an area of 11,586 km2. Qatar is located on a small peninsula jutting into the Persian Gulf and connected to the Arabian Peninsula to the south, where it has a land border with Saudi Arabia.

Its capital is Doha, its official language is Arabic, and its currency is the Qatari riyal. In 2014, Qatar is the fifth largest producer of natural gas in the world after Russia, the United States, Canada and Iran. It is the leading exporter of liquefied natural gas.

The country is also an oil producer, but of medium size. It is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) between 1961 and 2018. It has been an associate member of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) since October 13, 2012 without having had observer status.

Traces of human habitation in Qatar date back 50,000 years. Stone Age settlements and tools have been unearthed on the peninsula. Mesopotamian objects, dating from the Obeid period (c. 6500-3800 BC), have been discovered in abandoned coastal settlements.