Unlike many of his peers who have remained mum on their involvement beyond their initial commitment to the Saudi International, Mickelson defended his decision on Monday night with a series of tweets aimed at detractors.
Graeme McDowell’s return to Royal Portrush, a links he used to walk as a youngster, was one of golf’s feel-good stories in 2019. The Ulsterman is going back—and giving back—to his homeland in a different capacity starting next season.
Phil Mickelson and Tony Finau have added yet more big-name pulling power to the 2nd Saudi International, again ensuring the Jan.30-to Feb. 2 European Tour stop boasts the highest-profile field of the three early-season Desert Swing events.
The Alfred Dunhill Championship was Pablo Larrazabal’s to lose on Sunday, and, hobbled by a painful blister, was in the process of doing so when he took a cue from Tiger Woods and limped to his first victory in more than four years.
Tommy Fleetwood intends spending the weekend in a self-imposed “bubble”, Jon Rahm won’t mind if the tricky conditions of Friday persist right the way to Sunday and Bernd Wiesberger is confident he has the mettle to fend off all the outside influences.
Ahead of the final two-ball of leader Mike Lorenzo-Vera (-9) and Rory McIlroy (-8) heading off at 12.50pm, we gather the thoughts of the headline grabbers from Thursday's final round to get you up to speed for Friday's circumnavigation of Earth.