Dustin Johnson hands his clubs over to Royal Greens’ GM Mostapha Mneimneh. Pic: Saudi International
February 6, King Abdullah Economic City: Two-time PIF Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers champion and US superstar Dustin Johnson has donated some sporting history to Saudi Arabia.
The former world No. 1 was the inaugural winner of the Saudi International in 2019 – the country’s first ever professional golf tournament. The American star followed that win with victory again last year.
And now, the double Major-winner has donated golf clubs that carried him to victory at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club to the golf course, where they will sit for all to see as a treasured piece of Saudi golf history.
“It’s a cool thing they’re doing here by gifting all the winners’ clubs,” said Johnson.
“I’m honoured to be a champion here and have always enjoyed this event since coming here in 2019 for the first one ever in its history. The club might hopefully inspire some of the young kids to pick up golf and I know there’s lots more who are getting interested. I’m happy to be a part of it.”
The clubs will be on display in a permanent exhibition inside the clubhouse at Royal Greens, one that will expand to include golf clubs donated by all winners the of the Kingdom’s flagship events: the PIF Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF, and the Aramco Team Series – Jeddah.
The 2020 Saudi International champion Graeme McDowell handed over his tournament winning putter to the golf club this weekend, too.
Mostapha Mneimneh is General Manager at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club. He said: “The debut Saudi International back in 2019 was a history-making, landmark event in the Kingdom, and a tournament we were so proud to be the host course for – and remain to be now.
“To be able to have history adorn our walls in the form of the clubs that drove these players to victory is an incredible honour for Royal Greens and something that we’re sure will continue to inspire all the young golfers that dream of following in their golfing heroes footsteps by playing here in the Kingdom – and here at Royal Greens, the Home of Champions.”
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