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Nic Ladds 21st Jan 2009 - 11:58

Scott can be the Qatar-hero again

The Qatar Masters is an American-style course which was built from a barren desert landscape around ten years ago.

The winds, especially in the afternoons, can often make the course extremely difficult.

With $2.5 million on offer in prize money it is no surprise to see a star-studded line up take their place in Doha for the Qatar Masters.

Adam Scott comes into the Qatar Masters as joint 9/1 favourite which considering he has never lost on this course (two wins from two starts) could seem huge come Sunday.

The Australian broke the course record last year on the final day, shooting a 61 to prevail by three shots from Henrik Stenson who also has some good course form and is available at odds of 14/1.

Stenson has been poor off the tee recently however and is having to rely heavily on the use of his 3-wood which is going to become a hindrance sooner rather than later.

Scott does seem to start slowly and finish very well in a lot of his tournaments (finished strongly to take second in Hawaii last time out) and it could possibly pay off to wait for the second or third day to back him should the Australian take a while to get going.

World number two Sergio Garcia is an obvious danger to all and is co-favourite with Scott at 9/1. Sergio's putting however has been very hit and miss again and in this stellar field he cannot afford the sort of mistakes that he was making on the first two days last week in Abu Dhabi.

He settled on the third and fourth but there was enough there is raise doubts about the Spaniard this week and oppose him at 9/1.

Ernie Els at odds of 14/1 and Retief Goosen at 18/1 will both have their backers but neither seems to be quite the force they once were and while both still capable of a big win on their day they are both hard to catch right and at the prices others are preferred.

Rory McIllroy continues to impress regularly rewarding each way backers and it is highly likely he can be in the frame again. 16/1 in this class field for the youngster seems little short though but he is so consistent it that backers could well be rewarded.

At bigger prices some interesting contenders are Martin Kaymer who like McIlroy is going from strength to strength and after his excellent second last week 22/1 looks a decent price.

Paul Casey's win might be just what he needs to spark a streak and is also available at 22/1. He did his best to throw it away last week and a similar performance could have him paying the price against this stronger field but a bold showing is entirely possible.

Thongchai Jaidee has won twice recently on the Asian tour so will be brimming with confidence. He was part of the winning Asian team in the Royal Trophy and should give you a run for your money at 66/1.

Paul Lawrie still holds the course record with Scott and although that record came back in 1999 he could surprise a few and put in a similar performance to that of nine years ago at odds of 100/1.

Finally, depending on which Boo Weekly turns up he could reward backers at odds of 40/1. The flamboyant American sometime seems to just want to have a bit of fun and spend his time mopping up smaller events in America later in the season.

However if Weekly fancies it this week then he is more than capable of holding his own in this field.

Adam Scott - 9/1

Martin Kaymer - 22/1
Thongchai Jaidee - 66/1

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