George says Wood deserves it

George Coetzee had no regrets after narrowly missing out on a first European Tour title once more at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The South African finished tied second behind Chris Wood – who ended his own lengthy wait for a first title at Doha golf Club with an eagle at the last which saw him leapfrog Coetzee and Sergio Garcia.

Coetzee has now had 21 top-ten finishes without victory – three of them this season – but believes that, like Wood, his time will eventually come after a third runner-up finish.

“He deserves it,” the 26 year old said of Wood’s success. “He did well and he played well all week, and it's always good if you can hold the lead on Sunday because it's very difficult. 

“I thought to myself, all I have to do is get past 15 and make him shoot a number, and luckily for him, he did.

“I came off the course and I said it's quite funny that it's me and Wood going up against each other. He's been playing well over the last couple of years and he definitely deserves it.”