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Report: PGA Tour won't allow players to compete in Saudi International

According to a report on, the PGA Tour is escalating its global turf war with a potential start-up circuit that’s being backed by the Saudi government.

Players will not be granted competing event releases for next year’s Saudi International, a lucrative event that had been a part of the European Tour schedule. According to the report, the European Tour will not sanction the event next year.

In a statement to, a Tour spokesperson said only, “the PGA Tour has a long-standing policy of not granting releases to unsanctioned events.”

The move appears to be in response to a Saudi-backed Super Golf League that’s attempting to lure top players to a global circuit with lucrative purses.