Saudi International

11 Jan 2022

Big Names Announced For Asian Tour's Saudi showpiece

Dustin Johnson to defend title. (Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images)

The Asian Tour has revealed that reigning champion Dustin Johnson and major winners Bryson DeChambeau, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia are to be part of the roster for the $5 million Saudi International.

The tour, which recently struck a $200 million investment deal with Greg Norman and his ambitious Saudi backers, called it “the strongest field in its history”.

The Saudi International, which takes place on February 3-6 near Jeddah, was won by Johnson in 2019 and 2021, when the tournament was sanctioned by the European Tour. It is now the flagship event on the Asian Tour.

Other European and American stars who have signed up to play include Lee Westwood, Jason Dufner, Tommy Fleetwood and Xander Schauffele.

Majed Al-Sorour, CEO and deputy chairman of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation, said this was just the beginning and acknowledged that there were detractors.

“While we do not allow ourselves to be distracted from our long-term objectives by any external voices, we have been encouraged by strengthening discussions around the importance of fresh competition and innovation in the professional game,” he said.

“We are strong advocates for this, as we see it as the only way to achieve golf’s true global potential and realise the game’s considerable untapped value.

“All we will say is it is better for the sport if the competition remains healthy and respectful, as opposed to hostile, as all parties look at new ways to benefit this great game.”