The Saudi Arabia Golf Federation says the tournament will start Jan. 31 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, situated along the Red Sea coastline. Still to be announced are the name of the tournament, the size of purse and tournament partners.

But organizers said last week at the official opening of the club that Dustin Johnson and Masters champion Patrick Reed already have agreed to play. Also in the field will be Paul Casey and Ryder Cup European captain Thomas Bjorn.

The European Tour had four events this season in the Middle East — Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman and Qatar.

The Saudi Arabia event will be held the same week as the Phoenix Open. Johnson and Casey (who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona) did not play the Phoenix Open. Reed has played the TPC Scottsdale four of the last five years without ever finishing in the top 15.

H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation, said tournament officials hope to accelerate growth in Saudi Arabia and emphasize juniors and families.


Tiger Woods had a new set of TaylorMade irons in his bag Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Championship. Woods tweeted a photo of them and said that “Phase 1 of irons development” is complete. ... Branden Grace missed the Zurich Classic last week when his wife gave birth to their first child, a son they named Roger. Grace was replaced by Charl Schwartzel, who teamed with Louis Oosthuizen to finish third. ... Vijay Singh has signed up to play in the Fiji International for the fifth straight time. Singh will be joined by Ernie Els at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on Aug. 2-5, the same week as the World Golf Championship at Firestone. ... Lucas Glover in 2011 is the only player to post all four rounds in the 60s at Quail Hollow.


The Wells Fargo Championship is the only regular PGA Tour event where Tiger Woods has missed the 36-hole cut twice.


“In golf, you say it’s such an individual game. But without the team around, you really can’t do it.” — Lydia Ko.