Englishman Chris Wood broke his duck last week and won his first European Tour event at the Qatar Masters in Doha. After finishing on eighteen under par, Wood professionally saw off a strong field, finishing above Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee.
Since bursting onto the scene at the 2008 British Open, after finishing fifth, much has been expected of Wood. However, after a slow start to his professional career he has finally fulfilled his potential by becoming the fifth different winner on the European Tour this season.
Wood’s stunning round-of-the-week 64 in the third round was the difference in the end between himself and the chasing pack. Straight driving and a steady hand on the putter right from the first tee set the tone for the rest of the weekend.
Another bright spot to come out of Doha was the improving form of runner-up Sergio Garcia who finished one off the lead. Aside from the Ryder Cup, Garcia has only recorded one top-ten finish since July last year and this good start to the year could be a platform for him to finally bag that elusive major title.
A player who has started 2013 extremely well is Thongchai Jaidee who has recorded his third top-ten finish in three tournaments and is certainly a name to look out for during the rest of the season.
The European Tour heads back to Dubai on Thursday for the Dubai Desert Classic, with previous winners including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and last year’s champion Rafa Cabrera-Bello all looking to win back their crown in Dubai.