The best round of the tournament has propelled numero sponsored golfer, Simon Khan, up the leaderboard of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Simon’s third round 64 – eight under par – was the model of consistency with eight birdies and ten pars securing second place in the event ahead of a strong field that includes former major winners Michael Campbell, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer and Ernie Els as well as world number 4, Justin Rose
The strong performance in Simon Khan’s second event of the season reinforces his decision late last year to forego the US PGA Tour Q-School and concentrate all efforts on the European Tour. This sacrifice is paying off with Kahn perfectly placed for a strong finish in Qatar and the possibility of adding to his PGA Championship and Wales Open victories.
In this second outing of the 2013 season, Simon felt he had something to prove at the Doha course, having expressed his disappointment at his performance in Abu Dhabi at the start of the year.
“I was more than rusty really when I played at Abu Dhabi,” Khan conceded after a promising first day of the Qatar tournament. “There’s always that apprehension with every part of your game at the start of your season, but I’m starting to hit the shots again so that’s pleasing.”
This return to form has continued throughout the week, with a particularly strong performance on the first nine of the third round, where Khan hit six birdies in the opening seven holes of the round. This impressive start helped propel Khan into pole position at twelve under par and only fellow Britain, Chris Wood, could overtake him by the end of the third day.
This success is undoubtedly attributable to the significant amount of practise Kahn has put in over the winter season where he focused on improving the weaker areas of his game. Reflecting on this strategy, Kahn comments;
“I tried to keep going and worked hard at my putting really; that was my focus. That’s really, over the last two years, what hasn’t been going that well. I know there’s a good putter in there and I’m just letting it come out now.”
As a customer service specialist, numero can definitely relate to Kahn’s constant quest to improve the quality of his performance, and sincerely wish him luck in both the Qatar Masters and the 2013 season as a whole.