Pepperell defends decision to play in Saudi Arabia

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Pepperell finished in a tie for 38th at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic

England’s Eddie Pepperell has defended his decision to play in this week’s Saudi International event.

The tournament has attracted a top-class field despite scrutiny over the country’s human rights record.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey has placed further attention on the issue.

“It clearly is true that Saudi Arabia’s human rights record is questionable at best, and appalling to anyone in the West,” Pepperell, 28, said in a blog.