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

Former world No. 1 Justin Rose is part of a star-studded line-up for the upcoming Saudi International golf event, the first professional tournament in the Kingdom. (Getty Images)
Updated 18 December 2018
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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.”


Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

Updated 19 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia enjoy more golden success at Special Olympics

  • Kingdom's athletes claim three golds, one silver and three bronzes on day four in Abu Dhabi.
  • Saudi Arabia medal tally now up to an impressive 25.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia enjoyed another good day at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi winning three golds, one silver and three bronzes to take their medal tally to an impressive 25 after four days.
Abdulaziz Alharthi got the day off to a great start in the pool, the 17-year-old from Jeddah picking up gold in the men’s 25m freestyle.
That was then followed up with the second gold of the day as Mohammed Alolayan powered home in the 5,000m. It was his second medal of the Games after he took home a bronze in the triathlon.
Moayed Aldarwish completed the hat-trick of golds coming home first in the 400m.


That was not the end of the success for the Kingdom as Fares Almateq and Naif Alshammari won silver in the men’s doubles table tennis. This was Fares’ second win of the week, having impressively won gold in the men’s singles event earlier.
Heba Shawli then became another multiple-medal winner when she took home the bronze in the softball throw event — she having won gold in the 25m run event.
Faisal Algosaibi and Faris Khouj, also part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team, each won bronze in their division of the 25m freestyle swimming.


Other winners of multiple medals include Hassan Alhadhariti, who won three golds and one silver in powerlifting; Sara Felemban and Jana Albeshri, who both won silver in bocce women’s singles and women’s team events, and Shahad Sunbul, who won silver in the bocce women’s team event and bronze in the bocce women’s singles event.