Woods turns down Saudi event, backs Mickelson

Ross Houston
December 6, 2019

"But the game of golf can actually help heal all that, too". That can help to grow. "It is historically not a golf hotbed within the Center East, nevertheless it has grown fairly a bit".

Amnesty International described the golf event as an attempt to "sportswash" the country's image, says The Guardian, but Woods, who cited the distance as reason for his refusal to play, says Mickelson's involvement can be beneficial for the country. After the tournament, Woods will head to Australia to both captain and play for the United States in the Presidents Cup beginning December 12.

Finau added: "Playing in Saudi Arabia for the first time will be a great experience, and I'm looking forward to competing against what is already an exceptionally strong field, on what I have learned is a great golf course". "And maybe eventually Saudi Arabia".


It does mean missing for a 31st straight year at the now renamed American Express and formerly long-known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. He played eight times in Dubai, most recently in 2017, and won twice. Rory McIlroy also turned down an offer to play. "Now, there is a line of skyline in NY".

Mickelson said in a statement released by the tournament organizers that he saw Johnson winning a year ago and thought that the course was an interesting challenge, along with the mention of how he could help grow golf in the region.

Mickelson's first statement on his attendance sidestepped any controversy, with the five-time major champion saying: "I watched Dustin win the title previous year and thought the course looked like an interesting challenge".


Tiger Woods Design is building the Trump World Golf Club Dubai, which will open next year.

For the first time in 30 years, Mickelson will miss the Waste Management Phoenix Open - where he's been victorious at TPC Scottsdale in 1996, 2005 and 2013 - to instead play in the Middle East for the first time since a runner-up finish at Abu Dhabi in 2014. He has played in the last 29 years and has won two victories.

Mickelson was heavily criticized - although he also had a good number of supporters - after his decision to play was reported. "I imply, on the finish of the day, this can be a enterprise and we respect his resolution for him and his household that he must go and guarantee that he nonetheless gives in that enviornment", Tim Woods mentioned. "Then I've been organizing these two weeks - working with my staff here (at the Hero World Challenge), and then working with the Tour, and communicating with the guys for next week, making sure everything is in line".


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