This is a pretty good event, though it lacks the strength of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. One player I’m watching closely is 22-year-old Emiliano Grillo of Argentina. I remember him from last year when he finished 2nd at the Dubai Desert Classic. He’s quietly worked his way up to OWGR #131. His long flowing blonde locks remind me a little bit of a young Johnny Miller. He finished T-37 last week at Abu Dhabi. He only finished 74th at Qatar last year, but this year he’s put himself among the leaders after round one. If he’s playing well, no reason not to expect him to contend again next week at Dubai. Late last year he won an event in South America. He looks like he could have some staying power. I always like to watch guys like this to see if they work their way into WGC fields.
I’m also watching Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 20-year-old from England. He’s only one shot back of Grillo. It’s fun to watch these young players gain strength in Europe, so you’ve seen them play dozens of times before they arrive in America for the WGC Match Play as “unknowns.”
Uihlein and Lipsky look to be the only Americans in the field at Qatar.
Golf Channel is providing great, extensive coverage. They do three hours live (starts at 1:30 am EST tonight/tomorrow morning), then take off 1-1/2 hours, then return for another 2-1/2 hours of live coverage (starting at 6:00 am EST).