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News // Shane Lowry defends decision to play Saudi International (golfweek.usatoday.com)

Everyone has an opinion on the upcoming Saudi International. Shane Lowry has made his stance clear: he’s a golfer, not a politician.

Speaking with media ahead of the Feb. 3-6 event at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City – which has been heavily criticized since its debut in 2019 as a way for the Saudi Arabian government to “sportswash” its controversial human rights record – the 2019 Open champion laid out his reasons for playing the tournament, from his past experiences to the world ranking points up for grabs.

“Look, obviously there’s no hiding from the people writing about this tournament or what they’re saying about us going to play, but at the end of the day for me, I’m not a politician, I’m a professional golfer,” said Lowry. “The top players are looked after going there, and that’s great, but top players have got looked after all over the world over the last number of years, whether it be whatever country they go…

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