Abdulaziz Kridis triumphs in Lincoln-InterContinental Golf Championship

Updated 07 May 2014
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Abdulaziz Kridis triumphs in Lincoln-InterContinental Golf Championship

Abdulaziz Kridis became the first Saudi to win a major event in the history of Palms Golf Club InterContinental Riyadh after he won the Lincoln-InterContinental Golf Championship 2014 title at the City Center golf course here recently.
Dedication, determination and hard work in the modern game finally bore fruit for Kridis as he compiled a winning score of 4-under 52, arguably one of the best rounds in his golfing career.
Even though the second day was a bit windy and the rest of the players were struggling Abdulaziz managed to steady his game with confidence.
The two days tournament attracted over 100 players of 15 different nationalities. Players from all over the Kingdom came to Riyadh to participate in this prestigious event. The course was in excellent condition and the greens perfect, with pin positions a daunting challenge even for the well experienced players.
During the awarding ceremony InterContinental Riyadh management thanked the title sponsor
Al Jazirah Vehicles. They expressed their delight and gratitude to the sponsor and players for their great support of the tournament.
Al Jazirah Vehicles tied the sponsorship to its luxury brand Lincoln. Lincoln has always been committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. Al Jazirah Vehicles showcased four top of the line models during the tournament namely MKZ, MKS, MKX, and MKT.
Salman Al Kalthamy, general manager at Al Jazirah Vehicles Central Region, awarded prizes to the winners, who all received Al Jazirah crystal trophies plus golf merchandise.
Topping off the awarding ceremony was a sumptuous dinner.
For his feat, the overall champion Abdulaziz received a Callaway X2Hot golf set and Al Jazirah crystal champion trophy.
Perennial Filipino winner Resty Sibug was the A-division (0-6 handicap) champion on net score of 58. South African Roy Evans was runner-up on 62 net.
In B-division (7-12 ), American veteran golfer John Pauli missed breaking par and had to settle for a level par 56 net to win the division. Another Filipino Joe Vallado tallied 57 net to claim the runner-up position.
Benedict Madariaga posted his first significant victory as a relatively new golfer by winning the C-division (13-18) crown on 55 from Ivo Zemek, a consultant Anesthesiologist who finish runner-up on level par 56.
In the ladies division, the Korean duo of Kim Jin Soon and Kim Nak Yong emerged champion and runner-up on 55 and 66 respectively.
Michael Bernardino on hole 3 and Evans on hole 17 were the winners of nearest to the pin awards.


Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson all confirmed for Saudi International tournament

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Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson all confirmed for Saudi International tournament

LONDON: The field for the Saudi International next month was given a star-studded boost on Tuesday, when it was announced Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter would all be competing in the tournament.
The inaugural event is featuring on the European Tour calendar for the first time and players will be competing for a $3.5 million purse at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
The addition of the Ryder Cup stars comes after players such as Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Thomas Bjorn were confirmed to be taking part.
The tournament field now boasts two of the world’s top three players, five Major winners and six players from this year’s Ryder Cup in Paris.
Rose, Garcia, Stenson and Poulter were all crucial parts of Team Europe winning back the Ryder Cup in September. The four players contributed ten points toward the team’s tally, with Sweden’s Stenson remaining unbeaten for the week and Garcia becoming the all-time record Ryder Cup points scorer.
After confirming his participation, 2016 Open winner Stenson said: “I’ve been lucky enough to play golf all over the world, but I’ve never been to Saudi Arabia.
“The course looks spectacular and I’ve heard a lot about the Kingdom’s plans to grow golf in the region and I’m excited to be a part of it,” he said.
Rose added: “I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Saudi Arabia and I’m delighted to see a new tournament added to the European Tour schedule.
“It’s an honor to be part of history and compete in the first professional tournament in the Kingdom.”