Committed: To Saudi Arabia as a tournament host, the European Tour. Commissioner Keith Pelley said the tour will return in 2020 after having staged its inaugural Saudi event in January. “It was the right decision for our tour,” Pelley said in an interview with Reuters. “We will be back in Saudi, and we’ll continue to grow that event. We believe our role will help the evolution of that country.” The European Tour, which has struggled to keep its homegrown products from defecting to the more-lucrative PGA Tour, has sought sponsorship beyond its traditional market. American Dustin Johnson, who was paid an undisclosed appearance fee, won the inaugural Saudi event. After the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, the kingdom drew worldwide condemnation for its human-rights record. Pelley told Reuters that he was “perplexed” by the criticism. The European Tour has yet to announce its 2019-2020 schedule.
Spotted: In Oyster Bay, N.Y., Tiger Woods’ yacht, “Privacy,” according to local media reports. The location is about 13 miles from Bethpage Black State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., which will host next week’s PGA Championship. Woods was not seen on the 155-foot, $20 million yacht. During last year’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, Woods stayed on the yacht. The vessel reportedly can sleep 10 and costs an estimated $2 million a year to operate.