PGA TOUR grants Saudi International publication of conflicting events


Under conditions, the PGA TOUR has granted all exits from conflicting events to the players of the Saudi international, from February 3-6, 2022.

The tournament will be held the same week as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, so players will need to support this TOUR staple in the future.

The note announcing the decision was sent to members on Monday.

Players who have played in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at least once in the past five years have been granted release on condition that they commit to playing it at least once over the next two years (‘ 23, ’24).

Players who have not played the historic tournament on the Monterey Peninsula at least once in the past five years have been granted release on condition that they commit to playing it at least twice in the next three years (’23, ’24, ’25).

Daniel Berger won it last season, joining a roster that includes some of the biggest names in the game including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Billy Casper. and Johnny Miller.

The tournament is also famous for its scenery, played on some of America’s most iconic courses, starting with Pebble Beach Golf Links and stretching all the way to the Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Spyglass Hill. The host Monterey Peninsula Foundation distributes tens of millions of dollars annually to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the area.

In accordance with the Player’s Handbook and PGA TOUR Tournament Rules, players who reach the minimum of 15 Events are generally eligible for three Conflicting Events outings per season. But the regulations also fully support the denial of such requests.

TOUR players do not need to request the release of Conflicting Events for some tournaments, including Major, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, World Cup, and Olympics.

Exceptions can also be made for a foreign player who wishes to compete in an event on his home circuit. A domestic circuit is defined as the recognized professional circuit which plays all or part of its program in the country of which the player in question is a citizen.

Saudi International’s releases are not a precedent, the TOUR added.