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RIYADH: Golf Saudi’s highest-ranked amateur golfer, Faisal Salhab, continued to show his world-class abilities with two top performances in England.

A tied 15th at the Tillman Trophy at Castle Royle Golf and Country Club and then a world-renowned 16th at the Walton Heath Trophy helped set him up positively for a busy swing on the Asian Tour in the upcoming international series. .

Salhab, winner of two events in 2021 in the Middle East and North Africa region, has started to make waves on the international stage. Shooting a low 65 (six under par) in the first round at Castle Royle, showed the 25-year-old had found the sweet spot when it came to his game and was now ready to compete for his first win over another continent.

Both events featured world-class fans, with over 110 players in each tournament (132 competing for the Tillman Trophy and 113 for the Walton Heath Trophy). Golf courses across Europe are very different from those in the MENA region and Salhab’s two excellent performances in England demonstrated how his skills were not only developing, but becoming transferable across a wide range of layouts and courses.

Both the Walton Heath Trophy and the Tillman Trophy have historically had outstanding winners, including Masters champion Danny Willett and golfing legend Ernie Els. Both tournaments provided a stern test of Salhab’s game and boded well for the rest of the year.

While preparing for his next two tournaments on the Asian circuit, Salhab said: “The preparation I did in the UK gave me a lot more confidence in my game. had to adapt to the variety of conditions, which made me a more complete player.

“I am now focused and looking forward to these upcoming tournaments in Asia,” he added.

Grant Smith, one of Golf Saudi’s national team coaches, believes in Salhab’s ability and, after coaching him for several years, feels he is ready for the next step.

Smith said: “Faisal and Saud (Al-Sharif) are both hugely talented and they both proved it by competing in these high caliber tournaments under new and challenging conditions. It was great to witness the hard work and preparation that went into it, transcending into truly positive results.

“They can be extremely proud of how they represent themselves and their country on the international stage.”

During the same visit to England, the 22-year-old Al-Sharif also had a strong showing at Castle Royle, finishing tied for 36th.

Winner of the Jordan Open in 2021, he has been recognized as an extremely talented golfer and is excited for the rest of 2022.

Al-Sharif said: “I took away a lot of positives from my experience playing in these UK tournaments over the summer. It was a challenge not only for my physical game but also for my mind.

“I proved to myself that I was capable of posting a good score when I needed it to make the cut by fighting for every shot until the final putt was sunk. I’m excited to carry that mentality forward in the upcoming events we have scheduled.

In August, the two players will head to the Asian Tour, playing on the international series as established amateurs, in Singapore and Korea. The events will host some of the biggest players in the game, as the Asian Tour becomes one of the most recognized circuits on the planet.

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