By Sam Bridge
Nine-time Major champion is latest big name to say he'll be at the Golf Saudi Summit in Jeddah next month
Nine-time Major champion, Gary Player, will join a host of golf’s most influential figures at the Golf Saudi Summit, taking place in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from February 2-4.
One of the most decorated golfers of all time and a prolific golf course architect who has designed many award-winning golf courses around the world, Player will share his views on how health and wellbeing are integral to long-term success and sustainability of the game.
In addition to his Major victories on the regular tour, Gary Player has won nine Senior Majors and has 165 international tour victories to his name.
Other headlines names already confirmed are Greg Norman; award-winning golf course architects Robert Trent Jones Jnr and David McLay Kidd; legendary swing coach David Leadbetter; and Tim Shantz, CEO of Troon and one of the game’s most powerful figures.
Saudi stakeholders attending will include Yasir O Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi; Mike Reininger, CEO Qiddiya; John Pagano, CEO Red Sea Project; and Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation.
“Saudi Arabia’s ambition in golf presents a significant opportunity for the game and all its stakeholders and future exponents,” said Player.
“I am excited to connect with many of the national stakeholders at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s transformation and to hear first-hand about Vision 2030 and, importantly, how they plan to capitalise on the socio-economic benefits the sport can provide for its youthful population.”
Al-Rumayyan said: “We are privileged to have Gary Player joining us for the first ever Golf Saudi Summit. He has kept a keen interest in our progress and been a good friend in the early stages our development. We are looking forward to his insights and developing a strong working partnership.”
The inaugural event will allow delegates the chance to learn more about golf’s rapid growth within the kingdom while evolving key business relations.
It follows the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers which takes place from January 30 to February 2.
Showcasing Saudi Arabia’s ambition and its connectivity to the national Vision 2030 social-economic development programme, the summit is the brainchild of Al-Rumayyan and has been established to bring the leading business figures in global golf together to debate how Saudi can pioneer new benchmarks in mass participation, design and management.sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.