DOHA, The 33rd edition of the Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship began at the Doha Golf Club on Thursday.
Niclas Johansson and Pavan Sagoo of England led the standings with 67 points.
More than 100 players from 33 countries are taking part in the event.
The three-day Individual Strokeplay tournament has added importance as its winner, top three Qatari players and top three professionals will get to match their skills with some of the best players on the European Tour's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, to be held from March 7. The local spotlight will be on 2017 runner-up Saleh al-Kaabi, Ali al-Shahrani and Jaham al-Kuwari.
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee