King Abdullah Economic City - South Africa's Shaun Norris has been named as one of 11 sponsors'
invitations added to the world-class field at the forthcoming Saudi
already boasts four of the world's top five players,
seven Major champions
and eight players from last
year's Ryder Cup at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club from January 31
to February 3.
Norris has been making waves on the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour
circuit with a win last year at the Heiwa PGM
Championship in November.
The 36-year-old finished second on Japan's Order of Merit standings last season and is currently ranked 79th on the world golf rankings.
the invited players are aged 25 and under, as the Saudi Golf Federation aims to
provide the next generation of international talent with an opportunity to make
a breakthrough on golf’s greatest stage.
European Tour winner Matteo Manassero is also included as an invitee in the field.
"I'm delighted to receive an invite to this
ground-breaking event, it is always exciting to visit a new country and
experience a new challenge, especially when it means playing against four of
the world's top five. This will be my first European Tour event of year and I
am grateful to the Saudi Golf Federation for the opportunity," said Manassero.
players to Saudi International:
Kurdi, (am) JORDAN, Age 15
Rayhan Thomas, INDIA, Age 19
Saud Al Sharee (am), KSA, Age 19
Min Woo Lee, AUSTRALIAN, Age 20
Todd Clements, ENGLAND, Age 22
Matthew Jordan, ENGLAND, Age 23
AbdulRahman Al Mansour (am), KSA, Age 24
Matteo Manassero, ITALIAN, Age 25
Alfie Plant, ENGLAND, Age 26
Othman Al mulla, KSA, Age 32
Norris, SOUTH AFRICA, Age 36