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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Saudi Arabia to host European Tour event in 2019

It will take place from January 31 to February 3 and be staged at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.

Saudi youngster Khaled Attieh has playe alongside some of the world’s best golfers, including Tiger Woods
Saudi youngster Khaled Attieh has playe alongside some of the world’s best golfers, including Tiger Woods

Saudi Arabia is to stage its first European Tour golf event in 2019.

The tournament, the first in a three-year partnership, will take place from January 31 to February 3, 2019, and will be staged at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City on the Red Sea coastline.

Plans were finalised this week during the visit to London of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

“We are very excited to be talking the first steps toward bringing professional golf to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time and I must thank His Royal Majesty, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his vision in making this happen,” said European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley.

The new Saudi tournament will form part of the early season Gulf desert swing which already includes the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

“I hope that this event will inspire more Saudis to take up the game and show that, as a nation, we can host sporting events of this calibre,” said Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, the president of the Saudi Arabian Golf Federation.

Saudi Arabia has yet to produce a professional golfer in its history. Their national team is made up of amateurs, all ranked at 1,937 in the world.

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