It’s too long since Chris Wood was the lead man in my weekly column, but I am certain he will feature far more prominently from now on and throughout the season.
Last year was forgettable for Chris in many ways, not least the last three months of it. A problem with a bulging disc in his back meant that he spent more time on the couch than he did challenging for honours on the European Tour.
But after finally breaking away from the rest period which lasted all the way up to Christmas, Chris has gradually eased his way up the leader board and I am optimistic he will top it before long.
Evidence of Chris’s comeback came primarily with a flawless last round in Qatar which ended with a 67 and a place in the top 20. Watch for him to consolidate in Dubai this week.
Lee Westwood continued to ease himself towards the business end of tournament week with four sub-par rounds and into 12th position at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters which Paul Lawrie claimed in a tournament reduced to 54 holes because of high winds. Like Chris, I’m sure Lee will go well in Dubai as he has so often in the past.
James Kingston and Richard Finch again gave indications that their season is ready for serious lift off so our troops head for another watering hole in the desert this week thirsty for success.