Qatar Masters, Haydn Barron takes the lead

Haydn Barron emerges as the new leader of the Qatar Masters in golf. In Doha, the Australian surged to the top of the DP World Tour tournament with a score of 67 (-5) for a total of 135 (68 67, -9).

by Andrea Gussoni
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Qatar Masters, Haydn Barron takes the lead
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Haydn Barron emerges as the new leader of the Qatar Masters in golf. In Doha, the Australian surged to the top of the DP World Tour tournament with a score of 67 (-5) for a total of 135 (68 67, -9). At the halfway mark, he holds a two-shot lead over his compatriot Harrison Endycott and Japanese player Rikuya Hoshino, both tied for second with 137 (-7).

Haydn Barron, results

At the Doha Golf Club (par 72), Filippo Celli made significant progress, climbing seven positions. Currently in 23rd place with 141 (71 70, -3), the Roman remains the top-performing Italian, just as he did last week in Bahrain.

He carded a 70 (-2) with four birdies and two bogeys. Making the cut at 60th place with 144 (par) are also Vicentino Guido Migliozzi (70 74), who lost ground, and Puglian Francesco Laporta (72 72). However, Edoardo Molinari and Matteo Manassero were eliminated, finishing tied for 78th with 145 (+1).

Renato Paratore sits in 99th place with 147 (+3), Lorenzo Scalise in 113th with 149 (+5), and Andrea Pavan in 119th with 151 (+7). The leaderboard in Qatar is tight, with Danish player Niklas Norgaard and South African Zander Lombard (coming off a second-place finish in the Bahrain Championship) sharing fourth place with a score of 138 (-6).

As for the leader, Barron showcased a bogey-free performance highlighted by five birdies, three of which were consecutive to finish, all achieved on the back nine. Chinese player Ashun Wu slipped from first to sixth place, joining a tight battle with ten players tied at 139 (-5) strokes.

Qatar officially known as the State of Qatar, is situated in West Asia. It occupies the Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East, sharing its only land border with Saudi Arabia to the south, while the Persian Gulf surrounds the rest of its territory.

The Gulf of Bahrain, an inlet of the Persian Gulf, separates Qatar from nearby Bahrain. The capital, Doha, houses over 80% of the country's population, and the land primarily consists of flat, low-lying desert terrain. Ruled as a hereditary monarchy by the House of Thani, Qatar's sovereignty traces back to 1868 when Mohammed bin Thani signed an agreement with Britain, acknowledging its distinct status.

After Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in 1916 and achieved independence in 1971. Currently, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani serves as the emir, wielding extensive executive, legislative, and judicial powers under the Constitution of Qatar.

He has the authority to appoint the prime minister and cabinet, while the Consultative Assembly, partially elected, can impede legislation and has limited capability to remove ministers.

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