Saudi International 2021: Form guide for this week's event on the Arabian Peninsula

Royal Greens is hosting the Saudi International for a third straight year
Royal Greens is a luxurious complex built within touching distance of the Red Sea.

A truly top-notch cosmopolitan field has assembled at Royal Greens for the third running of the Saudi International. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Without the pressure of trying to secure a maiden PGA Tour victory, Ancer may feel more relaxed in the Middle East. The 29-year-old, who was born in Texas yet raised in Mexico, has already tasted success overseas by winning the Australian Open in November 2018."

The Americans will be out in force when the European Tour's 'desert trilogy' reaches its conclusion this weekend.

Among those flying across the Atlantic to compete in the Saudi International are the two most recent winners of major championships - Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Throw in Torrey Pines' champ Patrick Reed for good measure, and the line-up looks fairly impressive.

Yet there's plenty of European talent too. England's world No 7 Tyrrell Hatton tees-up for a third straight week, while 23-year-old Norwegian Viktor Hovland - already ranked 12 - adds even more sparkle to this event.

Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood are also in attendance, along with Sunday's winner in Dubai, Paul Casey.

Others attracted to Royal Greens - presumably thanks to large amounts of appearance money - includes three more Americans who are all ranked inside the world's top 30: Tony Finau, Jason Kokrak and Kevin Na.

All three remain well placed within the US Ryder Cup standings, with Na in confident mood following his victory in Hawaii three weeks ago.

Check out the latest betting ahead of this week's Saudi International at Royal Greens

Mexican Abraham Ancer is another rising star taking part in this event which is now in its third year.

All in all, six players who posted top-three finishes on either the European or PGA tours over the weekend, will be teeing-up in Saudi Arabia this Thursday.

World No 1

Dustin Johnson makes his third successive appearance in the tournament. The 36-year-old world No 1 is yet to disappoint the sponsors having won the inaugural Saudi International in 2019, while finishing second 12 months ago.

His worst 18-hole score at Royal Greens is 68 and his eight-round average is 66.38.

DeChambeau and Ancer both posted top-six finishes on their only previous appearances here, although Reed is yet to finish inside the top 50 from two attempts.

Without the pressure of trying to secure a maiden PGA Tour victory, Ancer may feel more relaxed in the Middle East.

The 29-year-old, who was born in Texas yet raised in Mexico, and has dual citizenship, has already tasted success overseas by winning the Australian Open in November 2018.

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Two Europeans who are flying a little under the radar at present are Bernd Wiesberger and Sergio Garcia.

Both are currently on decent runs, with Garcia returning to the winners' enclosure on the PGA Tour last autumn thanks to a victory at a low-key event in Mississippi - his 11th success on American soil.

Course details

Opened in September 2017, this modern, beautifully contoured course was laid out close to Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast.

Not long by modern standards, Royal Greens has gently undulating fairways accompanied by plenty of sand and a fair quantity of water.

The bunkers are big, with lakes making a sizeable appearance on six holes.

The venue is located in King Abdullah Economic City, which has only been in existence since 2005, when it became one of five new commercial hubs built in Saudi Arabia.

The city is situated around 60 miles north of Jeddah, and just over 100 from Mecca.

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Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Royal Greens Form (2019-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48
Dustin Johnson 11
Tyrrell Hatton 22 1 8
Bryson DeChambeau 7
Patrick Reed 1 MC 21 3
Viktor Hovland 2 31 3 1
Tony Finau 2 4 31 8
Paul Casey 1 8
Tommy Fleetwood 17 7 10
Kevin Na MC 1 38
Abraham Ancer 5 MC 17 12
Jason Kokrak 29 56 35
Victor Perez MC 46 7
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 22 12 14 1 1
Shane Lowry 27 MC
Lee Westwood 17 62 2
Justin Rose 35 57
Bernd Wiesberger 6 25 36 8
Robert MacIntyre 3 16 23 19 6
Sergio Garcia 6 47 11
Matt Wallace 51 7 29 2
Ian Poulter MC MC 43
Andy Sullivan 48 25 10 2
Danny Willett 44 16 32 30
Lucas Herbert 22 25
Sami Valimaki 51 MC 5 13
Henrik Stenson MC 46 36
Phil Mickelson 53 MC
Aaron Rai MC 25 51 50
Thomas Pieters 27 41 36 25
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 35 4 MC
Martin Kaymer 44 MC 14 37
Thomas Detry 9 MC 29 37
Graeme McDowell MC MC Wd MC
George Coetzee 60 11 29 40 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard 9 25 51 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 25 57 37
Garrick Higgo MC MC 14 MC MC
John Catlin MC MC 54
Antoine Rozner 9 16 36 1
Matthias Schwab 9 25 14 13
Brandon Stone 2 MC 23 32 23
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 41 2
Jason Scrivener 41 2
Romain Langasque MC 16
Marcus Kinhult 60 MC 32 62
Jorge Campillo MC MC 57 66 MC
Takumi Kanaya 9 MC 5
Adri Arnaus 9 12 10 MC 6
Laurie Canter 4 MC 5 MC
Benjamin Hebert 51 16 61 MC
Kurt Kitayama 20 35
Joachim B Hansen MC MC 43 20
Renato Paratore 67 MC 60 13
Paul Waring MC MC 25
Francesco Laporta MC 2
Adrian Otaegui 51 MC 14 37 20
Marc Warren 5 32 8
Kalle Samooja 4 MC 23 MC
Wilco Nienaber MC MC 23 11 12
Joost Luiten 44 35 43 11 31
Masahiro Kawamura MC 57 14 23
Jamie Donaldson MC 36 2 MC
David Lipsky 35 5
Justin Harding 27 62 48
Wade Ormsby 22 12
Min Woo Lee MC MC
Dean Burmester 35 MC 14 4 MC
Hao Tong Li MC MC 56
Adrian Meronk MC 2
Calum Hill 46 14 13
Gavin Green 71 MC 57 MC 47
Sebastian Soderberg MC 66 19
Jordan Smith 60 52 47 25
Matthew Jordan 37 25
Ryan Fox 41 MC
Sean Crocker 51 MC 14 22 2
Scott Jamieson 27 16 48 32 6
Sebastian Heisele MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 35 15 30
Matthew Southgate MC 41
Guido Migliozzi 44 MC MC
Ross Fisher 60 MC 51 7
Jhonattan Vegas MC 20
Chris Paisley MC 7
Andrew Johnston MC
Connor Syme MC 36 10 MC
Steven Brown 48 MC 8 51
Pablo Larrazabal 51 MC 48 35 39
Jack Senior 58 MC
Andrea Pavan Wd Wd Wd
Oliver Farr MC 20
Ross McGowan MC MC MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 27 7 MC 11
Dave Horsey MC MC 22 31
Justin Walters 59 MC 20 25
Alexander Bjork 35 46 MC
Richie Ramsay 68 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 60 MC Wd
Jeff Winther 27 61 MC
Joel Stalter MC 68 MC
Darius Van Driel 51 44
Victor Dubuisson MC 25
Alexander Levy 9 25 MC 6
Grant Forrest 27 54 64 6
Richard Sterne 20 25 25 47
Scott Hend MC 57 MC MC
Robin Roussel 64 31
JaydenTreySchaper 48 51 2
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 54 58 57
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC MC MC
Ashun Wu 9 MC
Harry Hall 47
Shubhankar Sharma 22 MC 55 MC
Nino Bertasio 41 35 MC
James Morrison MC 46 19
Cormac Sharvin MC 25
David Drysdale MC 35 MC MC
Nacho Elvira 51 16 MC MC
Julien Guerrier MC 52 9 MC
Julian Suri MC MC MC 35
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 66 MC
Ricardo Santos MC MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 16 30
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 41 58
Oliver Wilson MC 54 13
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 46 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC MC
Ashley Chesters 51 MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC 62 MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 68
Eduard Rousaud MC
Ernie Els MC
Paul Dunne
David Law MC MC 25 MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC 16
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC 25
Thomas Bjorn MC MC
Thomas Aiken MC
David Howell MC MC Wd MC
Shergo Al Kurdi MC
Chris Wood 60 MC MC 39
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC
Othman Almulla
Faisal Salhab
Saud Al Sharif
Player 2020 2019
Dustin Johnson 2 1
Tyrrell Hatton
Bryson DeChambeau 6
Patrick Reed MC 56
Viktor Hovland
Tony Finau
Paul Casey
Tommy Fleetwood
Kevin Na
Abraham Ancer 6
Jason Kokrak
Victor Perez 38 13
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 21 MC
Shane Lowry 13
Lee Westwood MC MC
Justin Rose MC
Bernd Wiesberger MC MC
Robert MacIntyre MC 44
Sergio Garcia 6 Dq
Matt Wallace 44 MC
Ian Poulter 17 6
Andy Sullivan 27 MC
Danny Willett
Lucas Herbert 27
Sami Valimaki
Henrik Stenson 44 MC
Phil Mickelson 3
Aaron Rai 27 34
Thomas Pieters 3 22
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 56
Martin Kaymer 13
Thomas Detry 6 42
Graeme McDowell 1
George Coetzee MC
Rasmus Hojgaard MC
Jazz Janewattananond 56
Garrick Higgo
John Catlin
Antoine Rozner 70
Matthias Schwab 44 24
Brandon Stone MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 13
Jason Scrivener
Romain Langasque MC 44
Marcus Kinhult 56 18
Jorge Campillo MC 42
Takumi Kanaya
Adri Arnaus 27 MC
Laurie Canter
Benjamin Hebert 27 MC
Kurt Kitayama MC
Joachim B Hansen MC 24
Renato Paratore 27 18
Paul Waring MC 54
Francesco Laporta 44
Adrian Otaegui 38 24
Marc Warren
Kalle Samooja 56 MC
Wilco Nienaber
Joost Luiten 44 6
Masahiro Kawamura 72
Jamie Donaldson MC
David Lipsky 24
Justin Harding 56 11
Wade Ormsby MC MC
Min Woo Lee MC 4
Dean Burmester 11 MC
Hao Tong Li 21 2
Adrian Meronk 27
Calum Hill MC
Gavin Green 3 11
Sebastian Soderberg 38 MC
Jordan Smith 56 54
Matthew Jordan MC 34
Ryan Fox 27 6
Sean Crocker 38 MC
Scott Jamieson 69 MC
Sebastian Heisele 44
Mikko Korhonen MC 44
Matthew Southgate MC 51
Guido Migliozzi MC
Ross Fisher 6 13
Jhonattan Vegas 17
Chris Paisley MC 24
Andrew Johnston
Connor Syme 52
Steven Brown 21 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 13 64
Jack Senior 17
Andrea Pavan MC 34
Oliver Farr MC
Ross McGowan
Fabrizio Zanotti 56 24
Dave Horsey MC MC
Justin Walters 67 44
Alexander Bjork 27
Richie Ramsay 21 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Jeff Winther 44 MC
Joel Stalter
Darius Van Driel MC
Victor Dubuisson 6 18
Alexander Levy 38 5
Grant Forrest 27 MC
Richard Sterne 13
Scott Hend MC 6
Robin Roussel
JaydenTreySchaper
Zander Lombard MC 18
Matthieu Pavon 11 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 56 44
Ashun Wu 13 MC
Harry Hall
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC
Nino Bertasio 70 30
James Morrison 44 MC
Cormac Sharvin MC
David Drysdale MC MC
Nacho Elvira 52 MC
Julien Guerrier 76
Julian Suri
Maximilian Kieffer 72 57
Edoardo Molinari 56 34
Ricardo Santos MC
Stephen Gallacher 21 MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 67 34
Ashley Chesters 56 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 38 MC
Haydn Porteous 74 51
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Eduard Rousaud
Ernie Els 52 MC
Paul Dunne 51
David Law MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg
Richard McEvoy 21
Thomas Bjorn MC MC
Thomas Aiken MC
David Howell 27 MC
Shergo Al Kurdi MC
Chris Wood
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC
Othman Almulla MC MC
Faisal Salhab MC
Saud Al Sharif MC MC

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