Saudi International: What channel is it on, who's playing & betting tips

Saudi International

This week's Saudi International will be broadcast live on a free-to-air channel in the UK and Ireland. 

FreeSports, owned and operated by Premier Sports, will show all four days of the tournament which takes place at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), near Jeddah, from February 3-6.

The event, formerly part of the European Tour schedule, forms part of a new-look Asian Tour schedule which has been bolstered by Greg Norman’s new LIV Golf Investments venture, itself part-funded by Saudi Arabian cash.

Other Asian Tour events, such as the Singapore International Championship and the Singapore Open, have also been shown on FreeSports.

However, none of those have the same depth of field as the Saudi International.

Saudi International: Who's playing?

Bryson DeChambeau, defending champion Dustin Johnson, and six-time major winner Phil Mickelson are amongst a star-studded group of players taking part in the $5million tournament.

Others include Tyrrell Hatton, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey.

Abraham Ancer, Shane Lowry, Adam Scott and Rafa Cabrera Bello have also indicated their intention to play, along with Kevin Na, Adri Arnaus, Jason Dufner and Jason Kokrak, as well as Graeme McDowell, Joaquin Niemann, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Harold Varner III, Jhonattan Vegas, Bubba Watson and lee Westwood.

Saudi International: What channel is it on?

FreeSports, which launched in August 2017, is available on Sky HD Channel 422, Virgin TV HD Channel 553, Freeview Channel 64, BT/TalkTalk Channel 64 and online via the FreeSports Player.

Betting guide

Here is who bet365 has as the current favourites to win the Saudi International. All odds correct at the time of publishing and subject to change. Please always gamble responsibly.

15/2 - Dustin Johnson
12/1 - Tyrrell Hatton
12/1 - Cam Smith
12/1 - Xander Schauffele
14/1 - Bryson DeChambeau
16/1 - Sergio Garcia
18/1 - Thomas Pieters
20/1 - Tommy Fleetwood
25/1 - Joaquin Niemann
25/1 - Shane Lowry
28/1 - Marc Leishman
30/1 - Abraham Ancer

bunkered Podcast 'Podder of Merit' picks

Michael McEwan: "I'm backing Dustin Johnson to do the double. He's not exactly been in the best form and hasn't played a huge amount lately but he clearly loves that golf course."

Bryce Ritchie: "Patrick Reed. I like him. I think there will be a few players who are going there just for the money but I don't think one of those players will be Reed."

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