US golf star Patrick Reed surprises local students with school visit

Patrick Reed during his visit for the second time at a local school. (Getty Images)
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Updated 29 January 2020

US golf star Patrick Reed surprises local students with school visit

  • I want to be a worldwide player but also help grow the game of golf, so any time we get the juniors involved, it’s a special moment for me, Reed says

JEDDAH: Efforts to grow the game of golf in Saudi Arabia were boosted on Wednesday when former Masters winner and world No. 12 Patrick Reed surprised over 100 school students with a visit on the eve of the Saudi International.

The visit was part of Golf Saudi’s drive to inspire a million people to try the game in the next decade, part of the country’s investment in sport at all levels.

Reed returned to the school he first visited last year, to meet and talk to students about golf, the importance of sport and being active, as well as important lessons from his career.

Following the visit, Reed said: “I want to be a worldwide player but also help grow the game of golf, so any time we get the juniors involved, it’s a special moment for me. I came (to the school) last year and had an amazing time. Coming back and seeing some familiar and new faces, just the support they’ve given myself and the golf tournament in general is unbelievable. We had a blast. I can’t wait to do it again.”

Acknowledging the event’s mission to attract a new audience and grow golf with people of all ages, he added: “Last year when we were out there on the course, seeing as many kids as we did walking around, it’s awesome to see. That’s the biggest thing for me.”

Reed also referenced the responsibility he feels to travel to emerging golf markets to bolster the game worldwide.

“That’s the only way golf is going to grow in the next generation and generations after that is by doing things that Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer did, and the things that Tiger (Woods) and Phil (Mickelson) have done, and now it’s our role.”

Lourens de Jager from The World Academy said: “Patrick has created a love for golf, an interest and it’s definitely a huge change since last year. We are now taking our students to the course to start playing golf. This tournament creates a lot of excitement and will hopefully encourage them to pursue as a career as well.”

Commenting on what message from Patrick best resonated with the students, de Jager added: “Perseverance. Nothing comes easy. You have to work at it and as soon as you achieve a certain milestone, it becomes more difficult. You have to keep persevering until you reach his level. That’s the most important message.”

 The Saudi International is part of the country’s investment in sport at all levels; from the grassroots to partnerships with history-making global events and superstars.

Sports hosted include World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Formula-E, the Dakar Rally, international tennis, Italian and Spanish Super Cup football, plus international football. This past December, the world watched on as Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr to retain his world heavyweight boxing titles in the Clash On The Dunes.

 The Kingdom’s golf investment includes the building of top-class golf facilities including 13 new courses by 2030, development of junior talent with training and coaching, plus events.

 In December, the Ladies European Tour announced the first ever professional women’s golf event in the Kingdom, the Saudi Ladies Championship, which will take place in March, also at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.


Rain causes fresh delay to England-Pakistan 2nd Test

Updated 15 August 2020

Rain causes fresh delay to England-Pakistan 2nd Test

  • Pakistan, 1-0 down in a three-match series, will resume on 223-9 in their first innings
  • Mohammad Rizwan is not out at 60

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: Rain meant there was no play before lunch on the third day of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Southampton on Saturday in a match already plagued by stoppages for bad weather.
Play should have resumed at 11:00 am local time (1000 GMT) but light rain meant the pitch and square remained fully covered, with the floodlights then on full beam.
Had the players been on the field, play may well have continued given the rain was only of the ‘spitting’ kind.
But, with no spectators present in a series being played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus, the floodlights were then switched off in a clear indication the umpires had decided there would not be any action before lunch.
Pakistan, 1-0 down in a three-match series, will resume on 223-9 in their first innings, after winning the toss, following a second day where only 40 overs’ play took place.
Mohammad Rizwan batted with huge skill and resolve in overcast, swing-friendly conditions, to be 60 not out.
In partnership with dogged tailender Mohammad Abbas (two off 20 balls), the wicketkeeper took Pakistan past 200 in a ninth-wicket after they had come together with the tourists struggling at 176-8.
This was Rizwan’s second fifty in eight career Tests following his 95 against Australia in Brisbane in November.
Pakistan were also indebted to opener Abid Ali (60) and Babar Azam (47) for painstaking innings when the conditions were stacked against the batsmen.
Meanwhile in-form paceman Stuart Broad became the first England bowler since off-spinner Graeme Swann 11 years ago to take at least three wickets in seven consecutive Test innings thanks to a return of 3-56 in 25 overs.
Broad has taken 25 wickets in four Test so far this season at a misery average of 12.88.
Victory in this match will see England secure their first series win over Pakistan since 2010.