Shubhankar makes three-under start in Qatar

Shubhankar makes three-under start in Qatar

Kerry Wise
February 26, 2018

Gavin Moynihan's last minute dash to Qatar failed to pay dividends at the Qatar Masters as he carded a five-over par round of 77 on the opening day.

Otaegui, who won his maiden European Tour title in the Paul Lawrie Match Play past year, said: "I know I'm playing well, I'm confident with my game at the moment and I'm just trying to keep my momentum going".

The former Ryder Cup star posted six birdies in calm conditions at Doha GC to join the group of four players on 10 under, one back from clubhouse leader Adrian Otaegui.

Pepperell, who is fast gaining a reputation on the European Tour for his irreverent tweets and meaningful blogs, showed his clubs can also do an equal amount of talking after missing cuts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Malaysia.

They were a shot clear of Italian Edoardo Molinari, Spaniard Alvaro Quiros and German Marcel Schneider. "I made a change this week with personnel, just working on a couple of new things and I surprised myself with how well I managed to trust it and hit some quality tee shots as well". 'It's been pretty nice on the range, although yesterday it was a bit of a grind, a bit of a struggle in the afternoon so I was in my room doing some drills last night.

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"It's definitely a bigger picture for me this week than tomorrow and indeed the weekend. I just wanted to stay patient hole after hole and we'll see what happens".

Molinari, a three-time champion on the tour including previous year in Morocco, started with eight straight pars, and then made seven birdies in his last 10 holes, including a chip-in for birdie on the last.

'I hit every green apart from the last one. Englishman Rai, a three-time victor on the Challenge Tour last season, birdied the first, sixth, ninth, 12th and 16th before he made an eagle on the par five last.

Those two made up a group of 24 players who shot 68.

Watch the Qatar Masters throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports.