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More big names sign up for inaugural Saudi golf tournament

Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia among stars to appear at The Saudi International, the Gulf kingdom's debut on the European Tour

More big names sign up for inaugural Saudi golf tournament
Sergio Garcia of Spain will play in the inaugural Saudi International in January.

The Saudi International, the Gulf kingdom's debut on the European Tour golf calendar, has confirmed a host of big names for the tournament to be held early next year.

World No 2 Justin Rose, 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia, 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson and Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter will play in the inaugural event, which will take place in King Abdullah Economic City at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, from January 31 to February 3.

They are set to join the likes of previously confirmed players Dustin Johnson, 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed and victorious European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.

The tournament, which will offer total prize money of $3.5 million, now boasts two of the world’s top three players, five Major champions and six players from the recent Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Paris.

Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation said: “Today’s announcement reiterates our intention to make the inaugural Saudi International one of the world golf’s strongest events. Our ambition from the start was to amass a box office field that would build immediate impact and allow us to showcase the ambition of Saudi Arabia and its bright future to the world, whilst laying solid foundations for future endeavours.”

The Royal Greens Golf & Country Club lies along the Red Sea coastline and boasts a championship golf course, clubhouse, a practice facility and residential and recreational facilities.

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