Considering the level of his recent success, it’s no surprise that Bryson DeChambeau’s attitude to the strong field assembled for the Saudi International is ‘bring it on’.
The American returns to action on the European Tour on Thursday, having captured his maiden title on the circuit at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic.
This time around, he is set to face an even stronger field, with current world No 1 Justin Rose headlining the all-star cast which also includes Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
DeChambeau is looking forward to the challenge and believes the Royal Greens Golf Club in King Abdullah Economic City will provide an excellent test.
“Winning on the European Tour for the first time was great – I’m pretty stoked about that,” said DeChambeau, “I obviously played good enough to win by seven which was really cool.
“I was very, very pleased about last week, and now I’m looking forward to this week and the first time being here in Saudi Arabia. I’m looking forward to a great challenge with a lot of great players in the field, too.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) January 29, 2019
“I haven’t seen the course yet but from what I’ve heard, it favours big hitters. We have to hit some good iron shots in there on the right tiers. I think that’s going to be the challenge this week, hitting it to the right tiers of the greens, and all the top guys in the world right now are great ball‑strikers.
“At the end of the day, it’s going to be difficult, but it’s going to be a great test that I’m looking forward to.”
Koepka, too, is relishing the test, and is excited about facing fellow top five players like DeChambeau, Rose and Johnson.
“Everyone wants to play against the best players in the world,” he said. “Any time you can play an event where you have four of the top five, you’ve obviously got a lot of competition, a lot of good players to beat, and that’s fun because you want to play against the best.
“That’s what I’m here to do, week‑in, week‑out, to play against the best. It’s always fun to take your talents up against theirs and see where you match up.”
Spaniard looking ahead.
Englishman has high hopes.
Northumberland course recognised again.
Slieve Russell impressing again.
World number four feeling confident.
Home favourite wants to press home advantage.
Merger to create better opportunities.
Spanish ace extends sponsorship.
Mallorcan course impressing.