Tournament sponsor CommercialBank has announced that world number five Ernie Els is confirmed to play in this month’s Qatar Masters. The 37-year-old South African won his home open in December ? extending his amazing record of winning at least one tournament per calendar year since 1991 ? and will now join the likes of Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke at the joint European/Asian Tour event on January 25.

With a strong field, and a purse of over $2.2 million at stake, the tournament seems certain to be a great success ? the addition of Els, who won the event in 2005, is the icing on the cake for the sponsors.