Golf player Shane Lowry ‘excited’ as he prepares for Saudi International

Shane Lowry with the cup he won in Abu Dhabi. (Supplied)
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Updated 14 January 2020

Golf player Shane Lowry ‘excited’ as he prepares for Saudi International

  • The player said the weather is perfect in the Middle East
  • Lowry commended the work of Saudi Golf in promoting the game in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Self-confessed Middle East fan, Shane Lowry said he is excited to play at the Saudi International golf tournament, at the Royal Greens and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).

And the world’s number 19, who is currently defending his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title. said he hoped to score high in the upcoming game as he plays for the first time in the Kingdom during the tournament which runs from Jan, 30 to Feb. 2.

“It would be great to win in Saudi Arabia and start my season in a positive way as I look to achieve one of my lifelong goals to play the Ryder Cup,” the player said.

Explaining his love of the region he said the Middle East had perfect weather and pristine courses, presenting him with another reason to be excited about his pending visit to Saudi Arabia.

“A lot of the guys on tour said it was a great event in 2019 [the Saudi International] and the course was in excellent condition,” Lowry added.

The player commended the work of Saudi Golf in promoting the game in the Kingdom, which he believes will benefit the sport on the long term.

“It is great to see so many young people [in Saudi Arabia] taking up sports, whether that is golf or another sport… It will teach you to be patient but also show that work brings rewards,” Lowry said.


Wimbledon will be canceled, believes Jamie Murray

Updated 31 March 2020

Wimbledon will be canceled, believes Jamie Murray

  • Tennis is at a standstill until June 7, with the entire European clay-court season already wiped out and the only Grand Slam event played on grass is expected to be officially canceled
  • Wimbledon organizers have ruled out playing the two-week tournament behind closed doors

LONDON: Cancelling Wimbledon is the only realistic option open to organizers as they grapple with the chaos caused by the coronavirus, says two-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion Jamie Murray.
Tennis is at a standstill until June 7, with the entire European clay-court season already wiped out and the only Grand Slam event played on grass is expected to be officially canceled on Wednesday.
Wimbledon organizers have ruled out playing the two-week tournament, slated to run from June 29 to July 12, behind closed doors.
The French Open has already been postponed, shoehorned into the schedule in late September, and it will be difficult for Wimbledon to rearrange.
Murray, a Wimbledon men’s doubles finalist in 2015 and a two-time mixed doubles champion, said postponing the tournament presented a series of hurdles, including shorter evenings.
“I think for them, it’s difficult to move the tournament back because you’re running into other tournaments that are for the moment still on the schedule,” the 34-year-old Scotsman told the BBC on Tuesday.
“And also just things like daylight to host the event. Each week that passes, you get less and less light to play the tournament.
“Obviously they play until nine and 10 o’clock each night at Wimbledon.”
Murray, whose younger brother Andy is a two-time Wimbledon singles champion, is kicking his heels in the absence of tennis.
“I’m just at home, taking the necessary precautions, and trying to stay as active as I can,” he said.
“It’s different. We’re used to being on the road all the time, used to being in different cities every week, and you kind of become institutionalized to that.”