Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson eyes home advantage at upcoming Saudi International

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson will be competing at the tournament that kicks off Jan. 30. (Supplied)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson eyes home advantage at upcoming Saudi International

  • The 43-year-old Swedish athlete said he is “ready to start 2020 strong” at the tournament to be held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City
  • Stenson lauded the quality of the golf courses in the Kingdom, but said it was people’s hospitality that made the Middle East an ideal venue for the tournament

DUBAI: Middle East-based golfer Henrik Stenson is hoping for a home-court advantage as he returns to compete for the second time at the Saudi International golf tournament, which kicks off on Jan. 30.

The 43-year-old Swedish athlete said he is “ready to start 2020 strong” at the tournament to be held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.

Stenson, who was former world Number Two and currently the champion of the Hero World Challenge, was hoping for a big crowd at the Saudi tournament, while recognizing how the sport has been growing in the Kingdom.

“Having played in Saudi Arabia last year it will be exciting to see how the country has developed and how much the golf course has evolved over the last 12 months,” Stenson said.

Stenson lauded the quality of the golf courses in the Kingdom, but said it was people’s hospitality that made the Middle East an ideal venue for the tournament.

“The Middle East has been my home for a number of years and the way you are welcomed is second to none,” he emphasized.

Stenson will be joined by the world’s top golfers including number one ranked Brooks Koepka, as well as Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson who claimed victory in last year’s Championship.

The four days of action on the course will also see globally recognized music acts perform, as well as a whole host of golf-related activities.


Russian MMA superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov arrives at Abu Dhabi Fight Island for UFC 254

Updated 20 October 2020

Russian MMA superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov arrives at Abu Dhabi Fight Island for UFC 254

  • With 28 career wins and no losses, Nurmagomedov holds the longest active undefeated streak in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

LONDON: Russian UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov arrived at Abu Dhabi’s “Fight Island” on Yas Island on Tuesday ahead of his upcoming fight with interim Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje. 

The reigning Lightweight champion and the American interim champion will complete final preparations before their unification bout on Saturday as part of UFC 254 at the Flash Forum, with the winner becoming the champion of the Lightweight division.

UFC stars Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier, who are fighting in the Middleweight category, have also arrived at the Yas Island coronavirus “safe zone” ahead of their bout.

With 28 career wins and no losses, Nurmagomedov holds the longest active undefeated streak in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and is the first Muslim to hold a UFC title.

The Russian, nicknamed the Eagle, fought the first defense of his lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on 6 October, 2018 in Las Vegas.