For the second year in a row, the Euro Tour will feature the Saudi International Golf Tournament from Saudi Arabia as part of their regular tour events.
This is the second year for this tournament, with the United State’s Dustin Johnson going to Saudi Arabia last year and winning the inaugural tournament.
With this being the second year for this tournament, it will be difficult to judge the course for attributes and therefore we will lean heavily on recent form and form on these desert type courses.
Saudi International Golf Tournament
The Saudi International powered by SBIA will take place this week and will be one of six golf tournaments held this year on the European Tour that will be played in countries of the Arabian Peninsula.
The prize fund for this tournament is sitting at $3.5 million dollars and will feature 4,250 Race To Dubai Points. The tournament will take place at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
Royal Greens Golf and Country Club Course Details
The Royal Greens Golf and Country Club is located along the Red Sea coastline and is about a 2-hour drive from Mecca. The course is located on the private gated community of the Al Murooj.
Dave Sampson designed this course and it is your typical desert course. The course originally began the design way back in the early 2000s but was put on hold in 2008. They resumed the construction of the course in 2014 and finally opened two years ago for business.
There really aren’t any trees on the course to really worry about and plays relatively short at 7,010 yards. From what I can tell, this appears to be an easy course to play on.
The course is a Par 70, which features 4-Par 3’s, 12-Par 4’s and 2-Par 5’s. The 6th hole on the course is 470-yards and is the longest and hardest par 4 on the course. The hole doglegs left and looks like it could be a tough hole to score on.
Since this is only the second time they will be playing on this course, let’s take a closer look at the course distance and how it plays out:
- Hole 1 – 360 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 2 – 394 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 3 – 208 Yards – Par 3
- Hole 4 – 569 Yards – Par 5
- Hole 5 – 437 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 6 – 470 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 7 – 339 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 8 – 153 Yards – Par 3
- Hole 9 – 525 Yards – Par 5
- Hole 10 – 372 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 11 – 164 Yards – Par 3
- Hole 12 – 459 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 13 – 525 Yards – Par 5
- Hole 14 – 394 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 15 – 427 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 16 – 180 Yards – Par 3
- Hole 17 – 366 Yards – Par 4
- Hole 18 – 520 Yards – Par 5
The greens here at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club are enormous! They really shouldn’t cause any issues for the golfers and if I had to guess, they should be about the same as we saw last week at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
The fairways are made up of Paspalum with several that dogleg. With the course being fairly wide open, it shouldn’t be much of a difficult issue for the golfers to hit the fairways here at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.
About the biggest concern, I can see for this course is the wind. The course sits right along the Red Sea and that means that they will get that wind blowing off the ocean, which will cause issues for the golfers.
Saudi International Golfers
Abraham Ancer +2800 – Ancer was actually the last golfer that I added to my plays however he is the lowest among the odds. Ancer is 28/1 and I think we probably should get him with better odds however you can’t deny his chance at winning. He is coming off a 2nd place finish at the American Express tournament on the PGA Tour and now
Martin Kaymer +3000 – Kaymer is off to a good start in 2020, finishing in 8th place at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and 16th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He did not play here last year however I wouldn’t pay any attention to that as no one played here prior to last year and it is a relatively easy course. His odds are sitting at 30/1 at MyBookie and provides us with very strong value!
Robert MacIntyre +3300 – Mac has been played great golf since taking a 2 month break from the sport of golf. MacIntrye is coming off an 8th place finish at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and should be considered one of the top prospects in this tournament. MyBookie has his odds sitting at 33/1, which is a great value for someone with his caliber of talent.
Mike Lorenzo-Vera +4500 – Our 4th golfer this week is Mike Lorenzo-Vera. MLR is one of the most reliable golfers on the Euro Tour and now has finished inside the Top 8 in 2 of the last 3 tournaments he has played in. I truly think with his set of skills, he could easily get out in front early in this tournament and run away with it!
Gavin Green +9000 – I simply can not believe that Gavin Green is sitting at 90/1. He played really well here last year and comes in with really strong form. He has played in 3 tournaments in 2020, finishing in 15th, 21st and 27th overall in those 3 tourneys’. At this price, you can’t afford not to play him.