As the European Tour returns to the controversial Saudi International, our tipster takes a look at who could contend

The details

Venue: Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

Date: January 30 – February 2, 2020

Course stats: Par 70; 7,010 yards

Defending champion: Dustin Johnson (-19)

TV coverage

Thursday: 8am (Sky Sports Golf and Main Event), 11.30am (Sky Sports Golf and Main Event)

Friday: 8am (Sky Sports Golf), 11.30am (Sky Sports Main Event)

Saturday: 9.30am (Sky Sports Golf)

Sunday: 9.30am (Sky Sports Golf)

Saudi International betting tips: Who to back each-way

Tom Lewis (33/1 with bet365found some brilliant form last week in Dubai and had an outside chance of getting into the play-off which Lucas Herbert eventually won.

His game has been trending in the right direction for a while and this was emphasised when winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship to secure his PGA Tour card for the first time.

After last week’s result the Englishman moved into the top 50 in the world rankings and will have his mind set on staying there to qualify for the WGCs and the Masters.

He heads to Saudi looking for a similar performance to that of 12 months ago when he finished 3rd. At 33/1 he’s my top each-way bet.

Gavin Green (75/1is a player with huge potential but has not been able to get over the line on the European Tour yet.

The Malaysian finished in a tie for 11th here last year and has been performing consistently for a while. Three top-30 finishes in the last three weeks have him in a good position to go well this week.

He is currently ranked 20th in stroke average for the season and with another batch of low scores expected this is an encouraging statistic.