- A top field of American golfers joins the Saudi International on Thursday, January 30
- Dustin Johnson will be defending his 2019 title and attempt to win back-to-back
- Gavin Green and Tom Lewis listed as worthy long-shots for the title
With just a few days on the clock, the Saudi International is the latest PGA Tour event you will want to look up and put on your calendar. The defending champion, Dustin Johnson, is returning for yet another year of quality golfing.
Saudi International Preview: Koepka, Reed, Johnson & Others
Golf fans should not miss out on the European Tour offering which will feature the $3.5 million Saudi International, an event that will draw a top field of contestants and talent. From Dustin Johnson to Ross Fisher, the number of players who have decided to join is quite impressive.
The prize purse of $3.5 million is perhaps a little lower than what the WMPO offers right now, but this has not dissuaded top golfers from flocking to the Al Murooj Golf Course in Saudi Arabia to swing away for a chunk of the purse.
Johnson will face quite a few strong contenders to name Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka, and who knows, perhaps even Phil Mickelson. Here are the latest odds.
2020 Saudi Invitational Odds
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*Odds taken January 28
Saudi International: When, Where, and TV Coverage
- Date: January 30 – February 2
- Place: Al Murooj Golf Course, Saudi Arabia
- Defending champion: Dustin Johnson
- TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Dustin Johnson Returns to Defend His Title
The Saudi International is a fresh event on the golf betting calendar and it’s too early to talk about legacy and performance in the event. Yet, the field of contestants we are mostly familiar with and Dustin Johnson is returning to defend his 2019 title.
Should he succeed, he will be the first golfer in the event to win a back-to-back title, and effectively make history. His 2019 victory was won in a rather convincing manner, putting him ahead of most other competitors and securing him an easy travel to the top.
Brooks Koepka has had a few slow tournaments, but he seems to have been picking up speed once again. He managed to reach eight-under after 20 holes, but couldn’t progress much after that during the Abu Dhabi event. Yet, Koepka is definitely back in his swing and Johnson will have to watch out for him.
After all, holding the world’s No.1 is definitely not something that happens by chance and Koepka is ready to show what he has got. The field is crawling with American golfing talent especially now that Patrick Reed will be coming. Yet both Koepka and Reed’s odds posted at +1000 and +1200 respectively don’t really give them much chance, as per preliminary sportsbooks expectations.
Watch Out for Tom Lewis and Gavin Green
Two players that stand out from the crowd are Gavin Green and Tom Lewis. They won’t necessarily be given the best odds, but they are definitely up there when it comes to pure golf class.
Lewis did brilliantly in Dubai last week and he also managed to secure his first PGA Tour card by winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. As to Green, he is definitely more modest, but he still seems to pack a lot of potential that could transition to a top-placement for him during the Saudi International.