Paul Casey on taking part in Saudi occasion: ‘I hope my participation will make a distinction’
After skipping the first two years of the Saudi Worldwide, Paul Casey was amongst a bunch of gamers who’ve dedicated to play subsequent yr’s European Tour cease within the Center East.
Casey didn’t be a part of many Europeans on the inaugural occasion in 2019, citing his affiliation with UNICEF, which is on his golf bag, and Saudi Arabia’s questionable human rights report.
“This isn’t a call I’ve taken calmly. I wasn’t comfy going prior to now, however I’ve at all times been open minded and prepared to study,” Casey mentioned in an announcement. “I consider sport has the ability to have an effect on change. I’ve listened to the Saudi’s dedication to this and their imaginative and prescient for the long run.”
Casey referenced the Women European Tour occasion that was held in Saudi Arabia this yr and the nation’s dedication to develop the sport.
“It’s at all times higher to incorporate reasonably than exclude when eliciting change, thus I hope my participation will make a distinction and I’m wanting ahead to seeing these modifications in particular person,” Casey mentioned.
Casey will be a part of Masters champion Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Henrik Stenson at subsequent yr’s occasion, which shall be performed Feb. 4-7.