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2011 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy Winner

Thomas BJORN

Residence: Gothenburg, Sweden

Attachment: Golf in Dubai

Date of Birth: 18/02/1971

Height and weight: 6ft 2 ½ in 13 st

(189cm 88kgs)

Family: Wife: Pernilla (m:1998);

Children: Filippa (1999), Oliver and Julia (twins 2003)

Interests: Football, Movies

Turned Pro: 1993 (scratch)

Qualifying School: (1992), (93)

Player Profile

Captained Continental Europe in the Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros in 2009, leading his team to a rousing comeback in the Singles which they won 6-4. Despite overall defeat, the Dane showed the leadership qualities which were recognised when he was appointed Chairman of The European Tour’s Tournament Committee in 2007. Those leadership skills were again in evidence at The 2010 Ryder Cup, where he was one of Colin Montgomerie’s Vice-Captains, a role he also filled at Oakland Hills in 2004. Played on the Challenge Tour in his early professional career and won four titles on his way to topping the Rankings in 1995, before emerging as a genuinely world class player by capturing the Loch Lomond World Invitational in 1996 – the first of his 11 European Tour victories to date, the most recent coming in the 2011 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy. That early victory at Loch Lomond was the springboard for him to become the first Danish golfer to play in The Ryder Cup, a feat he first achieved in 1997 at Valderrama. Qualified automatically again for a second successful Ryder Cup appearance in 2002. A football fan, he is a keen supporter of Liverpool FC.

 

 

2010 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy Winner

Robert KARLSSON
Exemption: 
European Tour, Cat 1, Rank 7
Exemption: Challenge Tour, Cat 0, Rank 0
Residence:
Monaco
Attachment:                 
Date of birth: 
03/09/1969 
Place of birth: 
Katrineholm, Sweden 
Height and weight: 6ft 
5in 14st (196cm 95kgs)

Family: Wife: Ebba (m:2003)

Children: Thea Elisabet (2001),                                            Ceaser Alexander (2004) 
Interests: 
Family, Sports

Web Site: www.sportyard.com  
Turned Pro: 
1989 (plus 3
Qualifying School: 
1990 

Player Profile
Made a great start to 2010 by winning the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy - the perfect way to forget a frustrating 2009 which was plagued by a debilitating eye problem. Having enjoyed the most successful season of his career in 2008, when he became the first Swedish player to capture the Harry Vardon Trophy as Europe’s Number One, he did not play a competitive stroke play event between the European Open in May 2009 and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October after suffering from blurred vision caused by fluid behind the retina in his left eye. Won twice in 2008 to top the Order of Merit and ensure a second successive Ryder Cup appearance before closing the year in style by partnering Henrik Stenson to a Swedish success the Omega Mission Hills World Cup. His outstanding 2008 season bears testimony to the decision he took, in 2003, to make a fresh start after years of feeling frustrated with life both on and off the course. His work with Swedish coach, Annchristine Lundström, has helped enormously and he credits her for the help she has given him in starting to take personal leadership. The son of a green keeper, he hails from Katrineholm in Sweden but is now resident in Monaco.

 

2009 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy Winner

Alvaro QUIROS 
Exemption: 
European Tour, Cat 3, Rank 28
Exemption: Challenge Tour, Cat 0, Rank 0
Residence: Cadiz, Spain 
Attachment: Golf Elite Management SL 
Date of birth: 21/01/1983 
Place of birth: La Linea, Spain 
Height and weight: 6ft 3in 13st (191cm 83kgs) 
Interests: Football, music, friends 
Turned Pro: 2004 (plus 4) 
Qualifying School: (2004), (05), 06* 
Player Profile
A player clearly licensed to thrill, the big-hitting fan of James Bond films claimed his third European Tour title when he won the 2009 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy. The fact his victory came against the strongest field ever assembled at a regular European Tour event underlined the enormous talent of this swashbuckling Spaniard and elevated him into the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking. That victory came only four months after he captured the Portugal Masters. Made the perfect start to his European Tour career by winning the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Championship on his first appearance as a full European Tour Member but the rest of the 2007 season was blighted by injury. Damaged tendons and ligaments in his left wrist during the Open de España and did not play for five months from May until October. Won his place on The 2007 European Tour through the Challenge Tour Rankings and then subsequently improved his European Tour category at the 2006 Qualifying School – Final Stage. Standing at six feet three inches tall, he is one of the longest hitters on Tour and topped the Driving Distance Category in the Genworth Financial Statistics in 2007 and 2008. Coached by former Ryder Cup player and four-time European Tour champion, José Rivero, whom he cites as one of the biggest influences on his career.

 

2008 Commercialbank Qatar Masters Winner
Adam SCOTT
Exemption: European Tour, Cat 3, Rank 48
Exemption: Challenge Tour, Cat 0, Rank 0
Residence: Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland
Attachment: Titleist
Date of birth: 16/07/1980
Height and weight: 6ft 12st 2lb (183cm 77kgs)
Turned Pro: 2000 (plus 3)

Player Profile:
Although still young, he has already established himself as a world-class golfer with wins around the globe, the most recent coming at the 2008 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy. The affable Australian blew the field away on the final day at the Doha Golf Club, shooting an 11 under par round of 61. That set a course record, and saw him drive off with a BMW 650i coupe and a winner’s cheque for €285,071. The highlight of his 2007 season was his sixth victory on the US PGA Tour in the Shell Houston Open. That win was his first since he ended a season of near-misses in 2006 with victory in US PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship, which helped him finish the year fourth on the Official World Golf Ranking. Has won five times on The European Tour and in 2004, at the age of 23 years, eight months and 12 days, he became the youngest winner of The Players Championship on the US PGA Tour. His professional career started when he secured his European Tour card for 2001 in just eight starts. Off the course, he is proud of the Adam Scott Foundation, an organisation set up to assist and support young people in Australia. 

 

2007 Commercialbank Qatar Masters Winner
Retief GOOSEN
Exemption: European Tour, Cat 1, Rank 16
Residence: Pietersburg, South Africa; Ascot, England
Attachment: Lagoon Bay
Date of birth: 03/02/1969
Height and weight: 5ft 11in  13st  (180cm  83kgs)
Turned Pro: 1990 (plus 2)
Qualifying School: (1991), 92* (winner)

Player Profile:
Secured his place among the game’s elite with two US Open victories - in 2001 at Tulsa and 2004 at Shinnecock Hills. A truly global golfer, won the South African Airways Open at the start of the 2006 season to take his tally of European Tour titles to 13, and also won in China and South Africa during the year. In 2001 became the first non-European to win the Order of Merit since Greg Norman in 1982 and the first South African to win the Harry Vardon Trophy since Dale Hayes in 1975. Followed it up in 2002 – the year he was made an Honorary Member of The European Tour – by becoming the first non-European to retain the crown. Introduced to golf at the age of 11 by his estate agent father, Theo, a ten handicapper. Regarded as being one of South Africa’s brightest young prospects in a generation, which included Ernie Els. However, he was struck by lightning as an amateur and suffered health problems for some time afterwards. In 2006 started working with a coach – Gregor Jamieson – for the first time in nine years.

 

2006 Commercialbank Qatar Masters Winner
Henrik STENSON
CURRENT TOUR: 
European Tour 
ATTACHMENT:  Golf in Dubai
COUNTRY: Sweden
BORN: 05/04/1976
RESIDENCE: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Player Profile:
Announced himself as a major force on the world stage during the 2005 season with a series of impressive performances in some of the biggest events on the schedule as he climbed to eighth on the Order of Merit. Was denied victory on his home soil when Australian Mark Hensby pipped him to the Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg title after a play-off. Also finished second in the Qatar Masters and the Linde German Masters and third four times. One of those third places was in the World Golf Championships – American Express Championship where he finished just behind Tiger Woods and John Daly in San Francisco. Was also joint top points scorer in the Seve Trophy with four points out of five in a stunning debut. Won his second European Tour title in 2004 when he captured The Heritage at Woburn to add to his previous success in the 2001 Benson and Hedges International Open. His undoubted class first surfaced on the Challenge Tour when he won the Rankings in 2000 with the record of eight top ten finishes including three titles. Golf didn’t run in the Stenson family and it was a family friend who introduced him to the game. His father, Ingemar, started two years later but his 15 year old sister Ulrika tried it before decided to stick to horse riding. Got down to scratch at 18 and in 1994 played for Swedish boys. A year later graduated to the national side and rounded off a highly successful amateur career by representing Sweden in the 1998 Eisenhower Trophy in Chile.

 

2005 Qatar Masters Winner
Ernie ELS
CURRENT TOUR: 
European Tour 
ATTACHMENT:  Wentworth Club
COUNTRY: South Africa
BORN: 17 Oct 1969
RESIDENCE: George, South Africa; Wenworth, England  
Player Profile:
Won The European Tour Order of Merit in both 2003 and 2004 but was denied a hat-trick in 2005 when he injured ligaments in his left knee on holiday in July and had to have surgery which ruled him out for the rest of the season. Also missed out on his defense of the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth Club, where he had made history in 2004 by becoming the first player to win the event six times. A third Order of Merit title was a distinct possibility considering his start to the year which saw him win back-to-back in Dubai and Qatar and then record a stunning 13 shot victory in the BMW Asian Open in China. Nevertheless, his consistency did see him top the Greens in Regulation Category in The European Tour Statistics for 2005 and finish second behind Sergio Garcia in the Stroke Average Category. Always a strong supporter of European golf, the Board of Directors of The European Tour announced, in January 1999, that he had been unanimously accorded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour in recognition of his US Open Championship wins and his unprecedented three successive World Match Play Championship wins (1994-95-96), a feat he went on to repeat in 2002-03-04. In his amateur days back home in South Africa, he had the natural talent to play rugby union, cricket or golf as a youngster, but reached scratch at the age of 14 and decided to concentrate on golf. In 1992, he matched the feat of compatriot, Gary Player, by completing a hat-trick of South African Open, PGA and Masters titles.

 

2004 Qatar Masters Winner
Joakim HAEGGMAN
CURRENT TOUR:
 European Tour 
ATTACHMENT: Kalmar GK
COUNTRY: Sweden 
BORN: 28 Aug 1969
RESIDENCE: Monaco 

Player Profile:
Fully recovered from the ankle break which marred his 2003 season, Haeggman enjoyed a superb 2004, the highlight coming when he won the Qatar Masters in March before he shared third place in the Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship of Europe and finished outright third in the PGA Championship at Wentworth Club. It was form which pushed him to the fringes of automatic qualification for Europe’s Ryder Cup Team but, when he came up just short, he once again fulfilled a vital role in Bernhard Langer’s backroom team, as he had done for Sam Torrance at The De Vere Belfry in 2002. The ankle break, in December 2002, was the second time in his career that he had been forced out of action after injuring himself playing ice hockey with friends. He was out of the game for nearly two years following an accident in 1994 which left him with a dislocated shoulder and broken ribs, an injury which effectively deprived him of the chance to retain his Ryder Cup berth, having become the first Swede to play in the Matches at The De Vere Belfry in 1993. Took up golf at age ten when parents sent him for personal tuition. Specialises in trick shots in golf clinics, which makes him in great demand for company days.

 

2003 Qatar Masters Winner
Darren FICHARDT
Current tour: European Tour.
Attachment: Zwartkops CC
Country: South Africa 
Residence: Pretoria, South Africa

Player profile: 
Made the most of his opportunity on The European Tour when he captured the 2001 Sao Paulo Brazil Open to earn a two year exemption. Came close to making his winning breakthrough a year earlier when he finished runner-up to Mathias Gronberg in the Mercedes Benz-South African Open but lost by a single stroke. Winner of the 1999/2000 Southern Africa Tour Order of Merit and partnered Retief Goosen in representing South Africa in the WGC - EMC2 World Cup that year. Also qualified for the 2000 WGC - American Express Championship in Valderrama through the Southern Africa Tour. Finished 102nd on the Volvo Order of Merit in 2001 and improved to 79th place in 2002, nearly winning his second title when lost out in a play-off to Soren Hansen in the Murphy's Irish Open. His wife Natasha is both his caddie and mental coach as she is training as a sports psychologist.

 

2002 Qatar Masters Winner 
Adam SCOTT
Current Tour: European Tour.
Country: Australia. 
Born: 16 July 1980.
Residence: Hope Island, Australia.

Player Profile: 
Decided to turn professional on June 8, 2000 after an outstanding career in which he was ranked the World's Number Two amateur. Went to college at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and has resided there for the past three years. Coached originally by his father, Phil, a registered PGA professional, but now under the wing of Butch Harmon, who also works with Darren Clarke and Tiger Woods. While still an amateur shot several course records, including a ten under par 63 in the Greg Norman Holden International in which he finished tied 37th. Also fired a ten under par 62 at Los Coyotes Country Club during the US Junior Amateur Championship. Won both the Australian and New Zealand Junior titles. Studied communications in Nevada but dropped out after 18 months, saying; "It didn't help my golf staying at school!" Secured his European Tour card for 2001 in just eight starts as a professional, clinching his place by finishing tied sixth at the Linde German Masters in October. Won the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa on first start in 2001 and had an equally bright start to 2002, winning the Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club.

 

2001 Qatar Masters Winner and Title Holder.
Tony JOHNSTONE
CURRENT TOUR: European Tour 
ATTACHMENT: N/A 
COUNTRY: Zimbabwe 
BORN: 2 May 1956 
RESIDENCE: Sunningdale, England

Player Profile:
Seriously considered quitting tournament play and taking up another 'golf-related' career until winning Alfred Dunhill SA PGA in February 1998, beating Ernie Els by two strokes. Struggled again in 1999 and contemplated a change of direction after the TNT Dutch Open. He says; "I thought about becoming a window cleaner on very tall buildings!" Turned to coach Simon Holmes and eye specialist, Dr Ken West, to help with his putting - the one element in his game which was holding him back. Things came together in the 2001 Qatar Masters, when he had a career-best 101 putts (a month after telling his wife he was quitting) to take the title from Robert Karlsson. Grew up in Zimbabwe with Nick Price, Mark McNulty and Denis Watson. Lost play-off for 1981 Swiss Open but has since chalked up five European Tour wins. Noted short-game genius and topped AXA Performance Data Sand Saves category in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

 

2000 Qatar masters Winner
Rolf MUNTZ
CURRENT TOUR:
 European Tour 
ATTACHMENT: Muermans Vastgoed 
COUNTRY: Holland 
BORN: 26 Mar 1969 
RESIDENCE: Belgium

Player Profile:
Became first Dutchman to win Amateur Championship at Muirfield in 1990 and the first to win on the European Tour exactly ten years later. Came close in 1999 when beaten by Warren Bennett in a play-off for the Scottish PGA Championship, then landed the 2000 Qatar Masters in style. First Dutch winner of an official tournament in Europe since 1947, when Joop Ruhl won the Dutch Open. Played with idol Jack Nicklaus in 1990 Open Championship. Quit law studies at Leiden University to turn pro. First amateur to qualify into the Qualifying School under the rule that a player may keep his amateur status to play in the pre-qualifiers. Made initial progress in South Africa, after winning the Tour School there. An accomplished cook, he chalked up four wins in two seasons on Challenge Tour back in Europe and made debut in 1994 Heineken Open Catalonia after borrowing air fare from his mother. Made only seven cuts from 21 starts in 2000, but made capital from Qatar (first) and Murphy's Irish Open (third).

 

1999 Qatar Masters Winner
Paul LAWRIE
CURRENT TOUR: European Tour 
ATTACHMENT: Meldrum House Golf Club 
COUNTRY: Scotland 
BORN: 1 Jan 1969 
RESIDENCE: Aberdeen  
Player Profile:
Came from ten strokes behind with a spectacular final round of 67 to win the 1999 Open Golf Championship after a four-hole play-off at Carnoustie, just an hour from his home, against Frenchman Jean Van de Velde and the 1997 Open champion Justin Leonard. Birdied the last two holes of the four-hole play-off. Now coached by former European Tour player Adam Hunter. Credits Scottish Rugby Union sports psychologist, Dr Richard Cox, for his improvement mentally over the past few seasons. Worked as assistant under the late Doug Smart at Banchory, near Aberdeen, after leaving school at 17. The club has now named the 14th hole after him. Backed by a consortium of local businessmen, won the 1992 UAP Under-25s Championship by eight strokes. Shot 65 five times in tournaments, most notably in the last round of the 1993 Open Championship when he holed a three iron second shot at the 17th to finish sixth behind Greg Norman. Made superb Ryder Cup debut at Brookline - hitting the opening tee shot and claiming three and a half points, including a brave win over Jeff Maggert in the bottom singles tie. Awarded honorary law doctorate from Robert Gordon's University in his native Aberdeen. Made several caddie changes at start of 2000 before settling on Mick Doran. Made an Honorary Life Member of European Tour then awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List. Suffered groin injury during summer of 2000 but played well towards end of year. Recorded his fourth European Tour victory in spectacular fashion in the inaugural Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews when he holed a 40 foot birdie putt at the 18th from the Valley of Sin to edge Ernie Els by a shot.

 

1998 Qatar Masters Winner
Andrew COLTART
CURRENT TOUR: European Tour 
ATTACHMENT: St Andrews Old Course Hotel & Spa 
COUNTRY: Scotland 
BORN: 12 May 1970 
RESIDENCE: Sunningdale, Berkshire  
WEBSITE: 
www.golfism.net/andrewcoltart