Cape Town - After playing his way into contention at last week's Oman
Open, Belgium's Thomas Pieters hopes to build on what has been an encouraging
start to the 2019 European Tour season at the Qatar Masters.
The 2016 Ryder Cup star recorded his best finish since last
year's US PGA Championship at Bellerive with his tied sixth result in Oman,
carding a one-under-par final round to finish just two strokes behind winner
Pieters has finished inside the top 30 in his last nine
starts worldwide and also won the Melbourne World Cup of Golf with
compatriot Thomas Detry in November.
Oliver Fisher returns to Doha Golf Club hoping to go one
better than his runner-up result last year. The Englishman, who carded the
first ever round of 59 on the European Tour at the 2018 Portugal Masters,
finished just one stroke behind Eddie Pepperell in 2018, recording his best
result in ten appearances in Qatar.
Former Qatar Masters champions in the field include
two-time winner and 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, victorious 2018 Ryder Cup
Captain Thomas Bjorn and 2016 Ryder Cup player Chris Wood.
"My game has
been feeling really good for a long time now. I’m playing tournaments again and
getting confidence back is the main thing," said Pieters.
"I haven't had a bad tournament yet, but last week was the
first time Ive contended in a long, long time. It felt great. Winning the
World Cup is different but in an individual tournament I haven't contended in a
long time. I've finished in the top 30 in my last nine starts, it's
frustrating. I've been there but not quite there, so I hope to keep the feeling