The tournament will take place from December 8 to 10 at Riyadh Golf Club…

Believe it or not, we’re already almost three-quarters of the way through 2022.

Already, it’s been an exciting year for the world of sports in Saudi Arabia – from the start of the second season of Extreme E in NEOM, the Diriyah E-Prix, Dakar Rally, and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to the Supercoppa Italiana, the $20 million horse racing Saudi Cup, and most recently, the Rage on the Red Sea in Jeddah, one of the biggest boxing rematches between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.

And soon, Riyadh will close the year with the first-ever Saudi Open on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) from December 8 to 10 at Riyadh Golf Club.

Boasting a prize fund of US$75,000, the Golf Saudi-backed event will highlight the ADT’s rapid expansion this year, as reported by Golf Digest Middle East.

Last year, Golf Saudi entered a 10-year partnership with the Asian Tour and introduced the $5 million Saudi International as the season-opening event.

Majed Al Sorour, Golf Saudi’s chief executive officer, said, “We’re delighted to extend and deepen our ties with the Asian Tour, a key strategic partner for us. We’re especially pleased that Riyadh Golf Club will be the venue for the Saudi Open on the Asian Development Tour.”

Riyadh Golf Club

Managed by Golf Saudi and playing to a par of 72, the Riyadh Golf Club is 20 minutes from Riyadh city centre. The course, opened in 2005, is characterised by undulating terrain, wide fairways, and manicured greens.

Of the Saudi Open joining the ADT schedule, Cho Minn Thant, commissioner and CEO of the Asian Tour, said, “Providing playing opportunities for our members has always been a prime objective for us. I’m delighted, therefore, that we’re able to further bolster the ADT schedule this year with the addition of the Saudi Open.”

Launched in 2010, the ADT has been a springboard to the Asian Tour for dozens of players, including reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Joohyung Kim of Korea – who also recently won the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour – and American John Catlin, a four-time winner on the Asian Tour.

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