Paul Casey a surprise entrant for 2021 Saudi International
Casey, who is a Unicef ambassador, chose out of the inaugural occasion in 2019, pointing out issues over the country’s human rights record.
In an interview with the Independent in March that year, the 43-year-old stated: “It just didn’t sit well with me. I have actually not talked too much about it and I’m unsure I want to, but certainly signing an offer and being paid to be down there, I would be a hypocrite if I did that.”
The inaugural event brought in a star-studded field regardless of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in 2018 focusing further attention on the nation’s regime.
And Casey will be signed up with at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club from February 4-7, 2021 by fellow Ryder Cup gamers Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell, who won the title in 2020.
Masters champ Dustin Johnson and US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau had formerly dedicated to the event in addition to Open champion Shane Lowry, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed.
The strength of the field suggests a great deal of world ranking and Ryder Cup points will be on deal, with certifying for the European team resuming in 2021 after being frozen following the post ponement of the biennial contest.
” With Ryder Cup certification on the line, I am clearly looking to get my campaign off to a quick start and getting a good finish or winning the Saudi International against such a stellar field would be enormous,” Poulter stated.
” It’s been a truly odd year with Covid so we are all looking forward to a clean slate in 2021 and I am hoping it is likewise a strong start as I keep my eyes strongly concentrated on qualifying for the European team at Whistling Straits.”