THE EUROPEAN TOUR is in the second event of its three week desert swing with the 2013 Qatar Masters underway at the Doha Golf Club.
Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen are the top ranked players in the event, that takes place Wednesday to Saturday Australian time.
Portugal’s Ricardo Santos was the leader after the first round with a 7-under 65 putting him one in front of England’s Anthony Wall, Scot Peter Whiteford and Frenchman Alexandre Kaleka.
Rose, last week’s runner-up in Abu Dhabi, wasn’t faring much better in the luck department when he was penalised a stroke on the 17th green after his ball was deemed to move.
He finished with a 68, three strokes behind Santos, while Oosthuizen had a double-bogey seven on the last and had to sign for a 71.
Sergio Garcia started his season with a 69, but defending champion Paul Lawrie and Open Champion Ernie Els could do no better than 72.
The best of the Aussies was Brett Rumford on 5-under, with Marcus Fraser and Richard Green on 4-under. Andrew Dodt has work to do at 1-over.
The event is being telecast on Fox Sports with the final round on Saturday night live from 8.30 to12.30.2013 Qatar Masters Leaderboard