Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson all confirmed for Saudi International tournament

Former world No. 1 Justin Rose is part of a star-studded line-up for the upcoming Saudi International golf event, the first professional tournament in the Kingdom. (Getty Images)
Updated 18 December 2018

Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson all confirmed for Saudi International tournament

LONDON: The field for the Saudi International next month was given a star-studded boost on Tuesday, when it was announced Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter would all be competing in the tournament.
The inaugural event is featuring on the European Tour calendar for the first time and players will be competing for a $3.5 million purse at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
The addition of the Ryder Cup stars comes after players such as Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Thomas Bjorn were confirmed to be taking part.
The tournament field now boasts two of the world’s top three players, five Major winners and six players from this year’s Ryder Cup in Paris.
Rose, Garcia, Stenson and Poulter were all crucial parts of Team Europe winning back the Ryder Cup in September. The four players contributed ten points toward the team’s tally, with Sweden’s Stenson remaining unbeaten for the week and Garcia becoming the all-time record Ryder Cup points scorer.
After confirming his participation, 2016 Open winner Stenson said: “I’ve been lucky enough to play golf all over the world, but I’ve never been to Saudi Arabia.
“The course looks spectacular and I’ve heard a lot about the Kingdom’s plans to grow golf in the region and I’m excited to be a part of it,” he said.
Rose added: “I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Saudi Arabia and I’m delighted to see a new tournament added to the European Tour schedule.
“It’s an honor to be part of history and compete in the first professional tournament in the Kingdom.”


Pakistan Cricket Board launches CAS appeal against Umar Akmal’s reduced ban

Updated 11 August 2020

Pakistan Cricket Board launches CAS appeal against Umar Akmal’s reduced ban

  • Akmal’s 18-month ban had been backdated to Feb. 20 when he was provisionally suspended
  • The 30-year-old will be eligible to play from August 2021

LONDON: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the reduction of batsman Umar Akmal’s ban for an anti-corruption breach.
The middle-order batsman was banned in April for failing to report approaches to engage in corrupt practices ahead of this year’s Pakistan Super League Twenty20 competition.
An independent adjudicator last month reduced Akmal’s three-year ban to 18 months, saying Akmal’s confession that he failed to report match-fixing approaches on two occasions had left “no room for doubt as to the veracity of the charges”.
The PCB said the decision to file an appeal was made following a review of the independent adjudicator’s order, which said the ban was reduced “on grounds of taking a compassionate view”.
“The PCB doesn’t take any pride in seeing a cricketer of Umar’s stature being banned for corruption, but as a credible and respectable institution, we need to send out a loud and clear message to all our stakeholders that there will be no sympathy whatsoever for anyone who breaches the regulations,” the board said in a statement.
Akmal’s 18-month ban had been backdated to Feb. 20 when he was provisionally suspended and the 30-year-old will be eligible to play from August 2021.
He last played for Pakistan in a Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Lahore last year.