David Puig, fifth place in Riyadh tournament

David Puig, a regular participant on the Asian circuit, secured fifth place in the Riyadh tournament, where American John Catlin emerged victorious

by Andrea Gussoni
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David Puig, fifth place in Riyadh tournament
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David Puig, a regular participant on the Asian circuit, secured fifth place in the Riyadh tournament, where American John Catlin emerged victorious.

David Puig, results

Puig, who previously won in Singapore in October and finished second in the Malaysian Open in February, closed out the tournament with a final round score of 67 for a total of 270 (-14), placing him ten strokes behind the dominant Catlin, who led from the outset at the Riyadh club.

Despite recording six birdies, Puig's performance was marred by two bogeys on the 11th and 17th holes, preventing him from achieving a higher position in the standings. Catlin, who solidified his victory with a spectacular third round on Friday (62 strokes), sealed the win with a final round of 66 for a total score of 260 (-24), securing a seven-stroke lead over Australian Wade Ormsby and a nine-stroke lead over Thai player Kiradech Aphibarnrat and American Peter Uihlein.

Guatemalan golfer José Toledo finished tied for sixth place with a total score of 272, alongside three other players, after wrapping up the tournament with a 66. Spanish golfer Carlos Pigem concluded in twenty-eighth place with a score of 278, four strokes better than Eugenio López-Chacarra, who also competes on the LIV circuit.

Riyadh, the capital of Najd and the ancestral home of the Āl Saʿūd family, is a modern city that hosts various diplomatic delegations accredited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as commercial enterprises engaged in business relations with the kingdom.

In the early 1990s, the city had a population of approximately 1,500,000 inhabitants. It was conquered by the Āl Saʿūd dynasty of al-Dirʿiyya in 1773 and became the dynastic capital under Turkī b. ʿAbd Allāh Āl Saʿūd in 1823.

In 1865, Riyadh was captured by the rival Āl Rashīd family of Ha'il, but it was recaptured in 1902 by ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz b. Saʿūd b. Fayṣal. The entry of the Saudis into Mecca on December 13, 1924, and their seizure of power from the Sharif family of Mecca led by al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī, who had proclaimed the Arab Revolt during World War I alongside the Allies, transformed the Kingdom of Hejaz into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, incorporating territories already held by the Saudis, including al-Hasa.

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