The world’s top players, such as Cameron Smith (Australia) and Lydia Ko (New Zealand), flocked to the men’s and women’s professional golf tournaments that Saudi Arabia is hosting consecutively. The Asian Tour season opener PIF Saudi International and European Ladies Professional Golf Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International are the stages.
The PIF Saudi International (total prize money of 5 million dollars), which will be held at the Royal Greens GCC (par 72) near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from the 2nd, will include World No. 4 Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and Patrick Reed. , Bubba Watson (USA), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Louis Oostizen, and Schaal Schwarzl (South Africa) were named on the list of participants. Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood (above England), Joachim Niemann (Chile), and Abraham Anser (Mexico) also joined.
Although it is the opening match of the Asian Tour season, former champions such as defending champion Harold Varner III (USA), Dustin Johnson, and Graeme McDowall (Northern Ireland) can participate, and even the world’s top 200 players can participate, so 12 major champions and eight players within the world’s top 50 A super-luxury entry was formed.
Most of the star players are from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. Thirsty for world ranking points, they set out to raise the rankings by participating in the European and Asian tours held in the Middle East in the new year. Reed, who finished runner-up at the DP World Tour (European Tour) Dubai Desert Classic, which ended on the 30th, rose 33 places from 90th to 먹튀검증 57th last week. If you are in the top 50, you can participate in almost all major competitions.
Some players who play on the American Professional Golf (PGA) tour also participate. Last season’s rookies Cameron Young, Cameron Champ (USA), and Lucas Herbert (Australia) left behind the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am held in the US during the same period and received permission from the PGA Tour.
Last season’s Asian Tour prize money champion Kim Si-hwan (USA), Sadom Kakanjana, Phachara Kongwatmai, jazz Jane Wattananong (above Thailand), and Korean signboards such as Kim Bio, Kim Young-soo, Kim Min-kyu, Park Sang-hyun, Lee Tae-hee, and Ok Tae-hoon were the pride of Asia. , but it seems that the main guest has been overturned due to the value of the name.
Two weeks later, the LET Aramco Saudi Ladies International will be held on the same course. The total prize money was raised from $1 million last year to $5 million to the same level as the men’s tournament, and the winning prize money reached $750,000 (about 920 million won), which is equivalent to a major tournament, stimulating the players’ motivation. Saudi capital, which launched the men’s golf LIV series, is gradually increasing its influence in women’s golf.
LPGA Tour players such as world No. 1 Lydia Ko, Jeon In-ji, Kim Hyo-joo, Lee Jung-eun6, Kim A-rim, Ji Eun-hee, Lexi Thompson, Daniel Kang (USA), and defending champion Georgia Hall (England) will participate.