Oct 13—15, 2023
Graeme finished in 29th place at Jaddah.
Royal Greens holds fond memories for Graeme with him winning the Saudi International back in 2020.
Graeme got off to a slow with a +3 opening round. He opened with a birdie on the 11th (his 1st) but dropped 3 shots by the time he got his 10th hole, he then made birdie on 11 before dropping back again with two bogey’s on the 14/15th. He scored -1 on his second round which included 4 birdies, bogey and a double bogey on the 3rd (his 7th) Things all changed on the final day with an incredible 7 under par. Graeme really got into his groove and showed his class with 8 birdies, four of which came on consecutive holes between the 2 and 5 (his 9th-12th) The only blemish was a bogey on the 1st his 8th. With the final round form during the week, Graeme would have been right a the top of the leaderboard at the end.
Result, 29th place with rounds of +3 (73), -1(69), -7(63) for a score of -5
Team CLEEKS GC (-29) Finished in 3rd place :Richard Bland -3,-1,-4, Tot -8, Martin Kaymer -2, -4, E, Tot -6, Bernd Wiesberger +1, -2, -7, Tot -8, Graeme McDowell +3, -1, -7 Tot -5
It’s all about the LIV Golf teams at Royal Greens
The LIV Golf League returns to Jeddah at Royal Greens – named the Middle East’s best golf course in 2021. It’s been the venue for many pro events, including the PIF Saudi International powered by Softbank Investment Advisers. This has been won in recent years by LIV Golf stars Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Harold Varner III.
It was also the stage for the regular-season finale of the 2022 LIV Golf Invitational Series, which was won by Brooks Koepka. He beat fellow American Peter Uihlein at the third play-off hole, with Sergio Garcia and Joaquin Niemann tied for third place.
Royal Greens opened as recently as 2017, but it has rapidly acquired a reputation as one of the world’s top courses. This is a long, challenging track by the Red Sea, where accuracy is at a premium on the superbly manicured fairways.
Look out for the 6th, a 470-yard par-4 dogleg, and the 18th, a long waterlined par-5 that provides a stern test to finish the round.