Saudi International 2022 is coming on the board soon. Next year in February they will start their event. Since the beginning of the Saudi event, it faced a lot of criticisms. And both PGA and European tours put many rules regulations upon Saudi International. Not specifically on the event but on the players who are willing to play at the Saudi event.
For attending the Saudi International 2022 players may lose their golf pass. They will be banned all from all the tournaments. Plus they will have to pay a fine for breaking the rules of PGA and European tours.
But the 2022 Saudi International is very attractive to all golfers. It offers a huge payday. By attending the event players also get many benefits. Saudi offers so many conveniences which are far more than regular golf tournaments. Now, who doesn’t want to get involved with such a tournament?
Now, 8 golf players including the world ranking number 2 Dustin Johnson, want to play in the 2022 Saudi International. They expressed their desire for the tournament and the opportunity. And they applied for permission to take part in the upcoming Saudi event.
The news was confirmed by Johnson’s long-time agent David Winkle. Winkle said, “We have asked for a release and don’t know when we’ll get a response, but I’ve heard verbally that the Tour always takes everything into consideration.”
Besides Johnson, another player those who are looking forward to playing the event and applied for permission are Graeme McDowell, Abraham Ancer, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Na, and Jason Kokrak. These players are also sponsored by the Saudis.
There is a rule confirmed by the spokesman that a decision on exemption requests is only required 30 days before the start of a tournament. And the Saudi International match is scheduled to play on February 3-6. And that means players probably won’t be able to know if they will be allowed to play in the tournament or not until Tuesday, January 4.
What’s wrong with Saudi International?
Well, the controversial lifestyle and rules of Saudi Arabia have always been on the front page. Almost everybody knows that how the general people of Saudi aren’t allowed to do so many things as a normal human being. Especially their order on women seems really creepy in modern civilization.
PGA mostly doesn’t like these rules of the government. And that’s why they don’t want their player to play on Saudi ground.
Plus the Saudi International 2022 is the latest front of the Super Golf League Tour which is the rival of PGA and European Tour. The Super Golf League is wooing golf’s biggest stars with the promise of huge paydays, over 30 million dollars in some cases. The concept has been launched for more than seven years but no player has signed yet.
Jay Monahan commissioner of the PGA Tour made is it very clear that whoever planning to join in the rival tour will be banned permanently. Some biggest celebrity players in golf also go against the Super Golf concept such as Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy.