June 10, 2024

Some big-name LIV Golf League stars have already been revealed in the field for the Asian Tour’s PIF Saudi International which has moved date and venue for this year.

After five years being held at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Riyadh Golf Club will now host the event from 4-7 December this year.

The switch means the $5 million event will now become the season-ending tournament for both the Asian Tour and the International Series.

And some big names from LIV Golf have already been announced as participants in December’s event – including defending champion Abraham Ancer and former winners Dustin Johnson and Harold Varner III.


They’ll be joined by 2022 Open Championship winner Cameron Smith, with the Australian making his first visit to Riyadh.

“I am really looking forward to visiting Riyadh for the first time,” said Smith. “From what I have read, there is so much going on there with some great sports facilities for grassroots and professionals being put in place.


“We have also heard lots of good things about the Championship course at Riyadh Golf Club.


“Looking at the design and reputation of the course, I reckon it is going to provide us with a real test as we try to stay both out of the water and out in front of what will be another world-class field at the PIF Saudi International.”


Smith finished as runner-up to Ancer last year, and they’ll renew their rivalry along with 2022 champion Varner and Johnson – who claimed the spoils at the Saudi International in both 2019 and 2021.

John Catlin holds the Saudi Open trophy

John Catlin won the Saudi Open in April

Riyadh Golf Club has been widely used for top pro events in both the men’s and women’s game – with John Catlin winning April’s Saudi Open on the Asian Tour.


The course has also staged the Aramco Team Series Riyadh and the Aramco Saudi Ladies International.


The Saudi International will now be the final tournament of 10 in the Asian Tour’s International Series – with the player who tops the rankings from those events winning a spot in the 2025 LIV Golf League.


The top 30 in the International Series rankings will again be eligible to take part in the LIV Golf Promotions event with a place on the lucrative team golf tour being up for grabs.


And with the 2024 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion guaranteed a place within the top four of the OWGR Federation Ranking, a system used by the PGA Championship and The Open, there’s even more on the line this year.


“This new date gives the PIF Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers the key position and prominence it deserves as the climax to our season,” said Asian Tour commissioner Cho Minn Thant.


“We believe Riyadh Golf Club will provide an excellent stage to showcase the culmination of our year and, with so much on the line, it should make for a dramatic and must-watch ending to our 2024 season.”

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