World’s leading golfers set to inspire and promote the sport at Saudi International
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki, the chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabia, is predicting a very bright future for golf in Saudi Arabia as the country prepares to welcome the world’s top stars again. The tournament Saudi International, powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, will be returning to Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) between January 30 and February 2.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki believes the European Tour event, billed as ‘The Ultimate Day Out’, will inspire a new generation of golfing talent and in turn encourage more people in Saudi Arabia to participate in sport.
“Having young Saudi golfers compete against the world’s best creates new role models for sports fans in Saudi Arabia and it’s an exciting time for golf to really take off in the country. We are seeing more and more young people take an interest in golf, whether its watching or picking up a club for the first time through the efforts of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi. It’s an addictive game that really hooks people in,” he said.
The 2020 Saudi International will boast the strongest golf line-up on the Middle East swing with world number one Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry and Henrik Stenson just some of the global stars participating.
They will be joined by Saudi’s top players including Othman Almulla, Saud Alsharif and Faisal Al Salhab who will also be in KAEC competing.