Saudi 360 – Shane Lowry and Tyrell Hutton intend to make a strong and early start to the new season by participating in the Saudi International Golf Championship sponsored by the Public Investment Fund and presented by SoftBank Investment Advisors, whose competitions will start next month on the coast of Jeddah with the participation of a selection of the strongest golf players In the world.
The duo will return to the Royal Greens Club and Stadium in King Abdullah Economic City on the weekend of February 3-6, with great enthusiasm to start the new year at a high pace and restore the momentum of the championships after the end of the winter season holidays.
While Lowry, the 2019 Open Championship title holder, spent the end of the year with his family, Hutton, sixth in last year’s edition of the tournament, was keen to wrap up his vacation by returning to the gym to boost his hopes of climbing to fifth in the world golf rankings, which is the highest A rating he has reached in his professional career so far.
Both players stressed the need to make additional efforts to ensure winning one of the leading positions in the world championship hosted by the Kingdom, with prizes amounting to 5 million US dollars, and it is being held for the fourth year in a row with the participation of the world’s elite golf players.
Commenting on his upcoming participation, Irish Lowry said: “There is no doubt that the Saudi International Championship will witness the participation of a group of the most prominent golf players in the world this year. I aim to get as many points as possible to boost my position in the golf world rankings.
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I think it’s time to move up a few places on the world rankings ladder. I have set a list of ambitious goals to achieve this year, so this tournament provides me with a good opportunity to participate and face the world’s elite golfers.”
And Lowry added: “I have participated in the Saudi International Championship for the past two years, the wind and the atmosphere are somewhat suitable for my style of play, and I can still remember how amazing the stadium and the weather were. I performed well during the tournament. I don’t remember exactly where I finished in 2020, I think I was in the middle of the standings. I also did well the year before.”
“We have the opportunity to play in the morning and afternoon times in the first two days of the tournament, so we have to take advantage of that to score as many points as possible as the afternoon becomes more difficult, especially when the wind starts to move the surface of the water, specifically at the 16th hole,” Lowry said. It is very difficult to hit the ball towards the sea and then try to get it back.”
For his part, the English player Tyrell Hutton made it clear that he had already started the preparations for the tournament, hoping to restore the strong level that he showed at the beginning of last season in the Abu Dhabi Championship, a week before he ended his participation in the tournament hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia among the top ten.
Hutton said: “Last year I competed for the first time and finished sixth, which was a strong achievement. It was also a special week on and off the field. I definitely look forward to going there again.”
Hutton added: “I got off to a good start with my victory in Abu Dhabi last year and then competed in the Desert Swing Championship. The second half of the year was disappointing, but that’s how it is in the world of golf. I try to give my best every time and it is clear that I am on the right track. I am looking forward to the start of this year. I hope to continue at the same level I played in the second half of 2020 and the beginning of last year.”
Joining Lowry and Hatton in the list of participants in the Saudi International Championship sponsored by the Public Investment Fund and presented by SoftBank Investment Advisors is a group of elite Ryder Cup golfers and winners of the major championships.
This list will include names such as defending champion Dustin Johnson; And Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stinson, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen, in addition to the stars of the Saudi national team, Othman Al Mulla, Faisal Salhab and Saud Al Sharif, to participate in the tournament, which is held under the umbrella of the Asian tour.
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