Next February, the Asian tour will see the strongest participation in its history, when the Kingdom will host the 2022 edition of the Saudi International Championship presented by SoftBank Investment Consulting at the Royal Greens Club and Stadium in King Abdullah Economic City, from 3 to 6. February 2022.
With the largest prize pool in Asian Tour history of $ 5 million, an elite of the world’s most brilliant golfers will compete alongside a group of future stars in the Asian golf arena to secure the title and get the largest share in the highly anticipated global event, which is the first as part of a ten-year partnership between the Gulf of Saudi Arabia and the Asian tour .
And the Asian tour records his return through the Saudi International Championship, where, due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus, COVID-19, he had suspended all his activities and events for a period of over 18 months. Thus the wheel of the Asian tour returns to turn, which seeks to develop the sport of golf in the yellow continent and in Worldwide.
The list of names participating in the Saudi International Championship included:
The Mexican Abraham Unser, the English Terrell Hatton, the English Ian Poulter, the Spanish Adri Arnaus, the American Dustin Johnson, the American Xander Chauvel, the Spanish Rafael Cabrera Bello, the American Jason Kokrac, the Australian Adam Scott, English Paul Casey, Irish Shane Lowry, Swedish Henrik Stenson, American Bryson DeChambeau, Northern Irish Graeme McDowell, American Harold Varner, American Jason Davner, American Phil Mickelson, Venezuelan Jonathan Vegas, England Tommy Fleetwood, American Kevin Na, American Bubba Watson, Spain Sergio Garcia, Chilean Joaquin Neiman, England Lee Westwood and South African Lewis Osthuizen.
They will also be joined by 30 of the biggest names in the Asian golf world, and their participation will be confirmed next January, after the conclusion of the season’s races. in course in Singapore. The roster includes a group of players who recently participated in the Blue Canyon Championships in Phuket 2021, including: Janiwatanand, Scott Hind, Gavin Green, John Catlin, Shiv Kapoor, Wade Ormsby, Joohyung Kim. Click here to view the current rating.
Saudi Golf is working to improve men’s and women’s competitions to inspire its next generation to place the Kingdom among the leading countries in It aims to host the largest global events, which are an essential part of the Kingdom’s golf strategy, to develop the sport and increase the number of interested and practitioners.
For his part, Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of Saudi Golf and Saudi Golf Federation, stressed that he is confident that the 2022 edition of the Saudi International Championship (the Asian Tour) is the strongest and best at the level of the yellow continent. . He added: “We are still in prime stages of our development vision for the future of Golf in the Kingdom. We see significant progress in the number of young men and women enrolled in our programs and in the number of affected men and women in all over the kingdom We also have a large group of amateurs in various local teams.
Regarding hosting the best stars in the world, Al-Surour said: “Our hosting the most important and best in the world will have a significant impact on the growing interest in golf. Therefore, we always strive to present the list. stronger participants each year. “
The CEO added: “Our passion for the game drives us to continue developing it and adding an innovative touch, and of course we will not be influenced by external sounds and change the course we have set for our long-term goals. We believe that this course is what will make the sport of golf reach its limits and realize its great value.We believe it is in the interest of the sport that competition remains healthy and respectful, with all parties looking for new ways to develop it . “
The Saudi International Championship will be a real opportunity for some of the young Asian talents who will participate in the tournament for the first time, including Joo Hyung Kim, third place in the Asian Tour rankings, who commented: “The Saudi International Championship will give us the opportunity to face the best international players, which many have not been in rank of The Asian Tour players from his experience before, and given the usual way of calculating points for tournaments and rankings in the various rounds, it has historically been difficult for Asian Tour players to shine and reach the major tournaments ” .
The South Korean added: “The Asian Tour has many young talents and these players from different countries have enough skills to make them compete on a professional level. Major tournaments of this size will contribute to the progress of the Asian Tour and the emergence of more talents. on the world stage, which is welcomed by all. Confirmation “.
While Cho Min Thant – CEO of the Asian Tour said: “A global tournament like Saudi International in its 2022 edition, with the participation of a list of the best golfers in the world, will certainly be a positive addition to the sport of golf. in general We are very excited to see the impact it will have on emerging talent and the experience many players will gain from contacting the elite of global players, as well as the interaction of the fan base for golf lovers and enthusiasts. “
Thant added: “The story will witness the impact of the Saudi International Championship and the partnership between Saudi Golf and Asian Tour on modern golf, and will be the real beneficiary of this, with the participation of professional players from different countries and the growing interest. of many interested parties “.
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