The trio of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have added their names to the incredibly stacked Saudi International field (opens in new tab), which gets underway under the Asian Tour banner between 2-5th February at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.
Currently, Cameron Smith is confirmed for the tournament in Jeddah, as a number of LIV players will descend on the course in an event that will supply them with some much-needed World Ranking points, something which is still unavailable on the LIV Golf circuit.
Since the event's inception in 2019, Johnson has picked up two Saudi International titles, 2019 and 2021, with Graeme McDowell (2020) and Harold Varner III (2022) securing the tournament's trophy and hopping over to join LIV Golf in the process.
In its first year, LIV saw a whole host of players jump ship to its circuit, with Johnson picking up an eye-watering $35m in prize money. Koepka also has success at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, as he picked up the LIV title here in October, defeating fellow Smash GC teammate, Peter Uihlein.
A number of LIV players will likely use the Saudi International as a tune up for the LIV Golf League that gets underway on the 24th February at Mexico's El Camaleon Golf Club, former host of the PGA Tour's World Wide Technology Championship.
However, it won't just be LIV players present for the Saudi International as, reportedly, the PGA Tour has accepted a select number of release requests. That is despite the ongoing quarrel between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour.
PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Cameron Young, is reportedly one of the players who has been granted permission by the Tour to appear in the tournament, with Golfweek (opens in new tab) reporting that Young will be joined by Lucas Herbert, Cameron Champ and three Korn Ferry Tour players, who have been granted waivers to compete in the event.
Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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