Golf: Four major champions slated to take part in Saudi International tournament

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Four major champions in golf, including reigning British Open winner Shane Lowry and former US Masters champion Patrick Reed, have been confirmed to take part in the second edition of the European Tour’s Saudi International tournament next year.

The tournament, powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, is set to take place from January 30 to February 2 at the King Abdullah Economic City and Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.

Sergio Garcia and 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson will also join Reed in returning to the tournament for the second year in a row.

“I loved playing in Saudi Arabia last year. The golf facilities at Royal Greens are world-class and I was honored to be part of history at the Saudi Golf Federation’s first professional event,” Reed, who was recently named alongside Tiger Woods as among his captain’s picks for next month’s Presidents Cup, said in a press release.

Speaking about the upcoming event, Yasir al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi, said he hopes the tournament will help transform Saudi Arabia into becoming a premier golf destination.

“It is therefore extremely important for us to drive the game forward both here and around the world by hosting the best players at the Saudi International,” al-Rumayyan said.

“Last year we were extremely pleased with the support we received and it will be a pleasure to welcome these four world-renowned major champions to King Abdullah Economic City and Royal Greens Golf & Country Club for the second hosting of the tournament,” he added.

The tournament is expected to be followed by a Ladies European Tour golf tournament in March 2020 in Saudi Arabia, it was announced last month by Saudi Golf Federation CEO Majed al-Sorour during a panel at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh.

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