Saudi Golf Tourist Guide: Saud Almarzooqi

What is your background?

I was born in Sweden and came to the United States in 1996. In 2002, I became a citizen of the United States. My parents, my sister and I moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and spent the next seven years living in the boonies of Knoxville, Tennessee. Then in 2010, we moved to Jacksonville, Florida.

What is your profession?

I work for a telecommunications firm.

What is your sport?

I play golf.

What makes you exciting to watch?

My game seems to react well to what the course demands. I love to come from behind in tournaments.

How do you like to relax?

I love painting. I pick up lots of colors during my round and mix and match as I go.

What is your favourite holiday destination?

I like exploring new places and playing golf. I usually like to take several weekends off in October and November.

Your dream holiday destination?

It would be South America. I like the challenge of playing in South America.

Tell us about your oldest friend

My best friend from school was Joachim Motlieris. We played soccer together and went skiing together. He was extremely good and I loved following him in the ski slopes of Europe. He died on Boxing Day 2003 at the age of 22. I just started playing golf again. I dedicate my performance in every tournament to him.

Is the game bigger in Britain than it is in Sweden?

I think my game has been growing more in the United States in recent years. I hope I can continue to grow. That is one reason I have switched to a new playing partner in a tournament last year.

Is it easier to compete in a summer event with a lot of men on the course?

Not actually. I like to play men. There is always a good challenge and I enjoy an even battle on the course.

How has the weather in the United States been?

Last winter was one of the coldest in my memory. I came here in January to train, but was talking about moving here permanently.

What is the best golfing advice you have ever received?

Don’t think about the scoreboard – just think about playing your best and leave everything out there on the course. I don’t know how many times I have done that and it has worked for me.

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