Women golfers vie for top prize-money in a Saudi Arabian resort.

6 November 2020 By Paul Martin

It’s to take place in Saudi Arabia in mid-November — the first time an international women’s golf event is staged here.

The course, alongside the shimmering waters of the Red Sea, is next to the ultra-modern King Abdullah Economic City.

The first tournament, the Aramco Saudi Ladies International, will be worth one million dollars in prize money and the Saudi Ladies Team International, a second tournament in the same week and at the same venue, will have prize money of 500,000 dollars. Together, the prize-money on offer at the Royal Greens Golf Course outstrips the women’s British and Scottish Opens.

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The Royal Greens Golf Course in Saudi Arabia

It will be the first time in women’s golf that professional players will be partnered alongside amateurs. The huge prize-money does not compare with what men earn in their own official tournaments.

Alexandra Armas, the chief executive of the Ladies European Tour, said: “We are thankful to the commitment to deliver not one but two tournaments, in what has been a difficult year for golf.

“We are always looking to grow the game in new markets and add to our schedule and we are confident that the Saudi Ladies International and the Saudi Ladies Team International will be a fantastic experience for our players.”

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