When the DP World Tour released their schedule for the 2023 season, it was noted that there was no slot for the Qatar Masters on the schedule.
But as the dust settles on a fantastic football World Cup, sports fans can rest assured that they will still get their fix of golfing action this year as the Asian Tour’s International Series will make its inaugural bow at Doha Golf Club from February 16-19.
The Asian Tour has seen a significant surge in prize money and the elevated International Series has expanded further, adding stops at Doha and Muscat to its 2023 calendar, alongside the likes of tournaments in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and England.
It has been a blessing in disguise for Doha GC, as the $2.5 million International Series event will attract a strong field with Official Golf World Ranking points on offer for the LIV Golf stars who have taken to playing more on the Asian Tour. We have seen the likes of Patrick Reed and Peter Uihlein line up alongside some of the brightest Asian talents at International Series events to bring the game to wider audiences across the globe. Now we can expect more of the same in Doha.
Opened in 1998 and designed by Peter Harradine, the 7,437-yard championship course was one of the first grass golf courses in the Middle East, and gained popularity with gigantic cacti around numerous water hazards, skyscrapers offering a formidable backdrop. It will certainly challenge the top golfers as it plays as one of the longest courses in the region — so big tee shots should be the order of the day.