former British Open champion Sean Lowry Said on Tuesday that he has no doubts about playing next month in Saudi Arabia, whose human rights record has come under international scrutiny and that he just wants to make a living.
The Irishman is one of many golfers at the Saudi International Golf Association, sponsored by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which offers some handsome appearance fees, leading many to call it a cash grab.
“Look, obviously there’s no hiding what people are writing about this game or what they think we’re going to play, but at the end of the day, for me, I’m not a politician, I’m a professional golfer,” Lowry said in a statement. said at a press conference.
“I make a living for myself and my family and try to take care of them, that’s just part of it, I need to be there.”
The Feb. 3-6 Saudi International, the opposite of the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro/Am, has been part of the European Tour for the past three years but is now the flagship event of the Asian Tour.
Because of this, players will have to seek out the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) in order to play at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club next month.
Many players have made multi-year commitments, including Lowry, who agreed to a three-year deal with the Saudi international after Royal Portrush won the 2019 British Open.
“Yeah, obviously now it’s not the European Tour, it’s the Asian Tour, but I have a contract to play and I don’t see any reason, or I doubt I’m not going to be released, or I’m not going to be allowed to play. .I’m glad I was able to go and play,” Lowry said.
“Like I said, I had a very pleasant experience there and I look forward to going back.”
The event has sparked controversy since its launch in 2019, with some saying it was the Saudi Arabian government’s way of “scrubbing” a controversial human rights record, but for Lowry, it wasn’t his business.
“I’m happy to be there. I’m happy to be there to make a living, to play good golf and hopefully win a game,” Lowry said.
“I think as a golfer, I’m not a politician, I’ll let other people handle this and I’ll do my job.”