Cape Town - The Saudi Arabia Golf Federation (SGF) confirmed that the
new European Tour event taking place from January 31 to February 3, 2019 will feature Dustin Johnson, the world's top ranked
golfer, and Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion, at the inaugural event.
With the goal to establish the tournament as a leading
event on the European Tour schedule and globally, the SGF used the occasion of
the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club special opening event this weekend to
confirm that joining Johnson and Reed in the field will be world
No 13, Paul Casey, and 2018 Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjørn.
The tournament will take place within King Abdullah
Economic City at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, which is situated along
the spectacular Red Sea coastline.
The club boasts a premier championship golf
course, a state of the art clubhouse, a world-class practice facility and
stunning residential and recreational facilities.
Aiming to attract many of the
best players in the world, there will also be a special focus on families,
community, charity and junior development as the Kingdom looks to develop its
Further details on the event name, prize fund, event
partners and other details will be announced in the coming weeks.
H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairperson of the Saudi Golf
Federation commented: "This is a very important weekend for us as we mark the
opening of our new world-class golf facilities at the Royal Greens Golf and
Country Club. At the same time, we are very proud to announce that our
inaugural Tour event in January 2019 will welcome both the number one player in
the world, Dustin Johnson and the champion of the year's first Major, Patrick
Reed. Together with Paul Casey, we already have three of the world's top 15
players confirmed, along with Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn, which is only the
start of our player announcements!"
"We have ambitious plans to accelerate golf
development in the Kingdom, with a special focus on juniors and families, and
this event will play a key role in our plans. The tournament will provide an
important platform for us to showcase Saudi Arabia's many assets to the world,
from our golf courses and facilities, to our rich cultural heritage to our
business credentials and our ever developing lifestyle and entertainment
World No 1 Johnson commented: "I am excited to make
my first trip to Saudi Arabia and support this historic new event. It sounds
like some amazing things are happening there, including big plans for junior
and family golf development. It's an honor to be part of Saudi Arabia’s golf
journey from the onset."
a crazy few weeks since I won at Augusta and so much fun," said the recently crowned Masters champion, Reed.
"I had not, at this
stage, finalised anything in my schedule for next year but when I heard about
the ambitious plans for golf in Saudi Arabia, I committed straight away."
Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European
Tour, said: "We are delighted to have Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Paul Casey
and Thomas Bjørn in the field for our first professional golf tournament in
"Royal Greens Golf and Country Club is a
spectacular venue, with world class facilities, and our players are going to
absolutely love playing there.
"We are a global Tour and this is an exciting
opportunity for us to play in a new country which has a strong focus on golf as
part of its vision for the future. Our thanks go to His Royal Majesty, Mohammad
bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for this vision, and to the Saudi Arabia
General Sports Authority, the Saudi Arabian Golf Federation and everyone at the
Royal Greens Golf and Country Club and the King Abdullah Economic City
for their commitment to this inaugural tournament."