Tiger Woods has defended Phil Mickelson and other top players who have signed up for the second edition of the Saudi International. The European Tour, and the players who took part, came under scrutiny last year for staging an event in Saudi Arabia because of its human rights record, especially with the tournament taking place three months after the killing of journalist Jamal Kashoggi. Dustin Johnson won the inaugural event and returns this year along with Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, and European stars Henrik Stenson, Shane Lowry and Sergio Garcia. Woods and Rory McIlroy are among those not playing. READ MORE* Scott wants to stick it to TigerTiger’s shame forced golf to confront sexismKoepka out of Presidents Cup for USAReason: Tiger Woods had to return with humilityDream finale to decade-long saga plays out in AugustaMark Reason: Tiger Woods is back “I understand the politics behind it,” Woods said. “But the game of golf can actually help heal all that, too. It can help grow that. There are also a lot of other top players that are going to be playing that particular week. It’s traditionally not a golf hotbed in the Middle East, but it has grown… Read full this story
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