Saudi Arabia hosts first Ladies European Tour golf week with back-to-back tournaments

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Royal Greens Golf Club is two hours north of Jeddah at the King Abdullah Economic City

Saudi Arabia will host its first professional tournaments for women in November, with two Ladies European Tour events planned.

The Saudi Ladies International will be held from November 12-15, with the Saudi Ladies Team International from November 17-19.

Both tournaments take place at the Royal Greens Golf Club.

The first event was scheduled for March of this year, but was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We are extremely excited to be part of the history of bringing the first professional women's golf event to Saudi Arabia," said Alexandra Armas, chief executive of Ladies European Tour.

"We are grateful for their dedication to hosting not one but two tournaments in a difficult year for golf."


There will be a prize pool of $ 1 million (£ 780,000) for the singles tournament, with an additional pot of £ 500,000 for the team event, in which professional players will team up with amateurs in a new format.

Both tournaments will be held in a bio-safe environment.

Amy Boulden from Wales, who won the first LET title of her career at the Swiss Ladies Open earlier this moon d, said, “This kind of dedication to women's golf is really amazing to watch right now.

"It has given players another huge week to look forward to and allows us to take the game we love to a new country where we can play. on what is truly an incredible golf course with one of the most picturesque views you'll see on Tour. "

England's Meghan MacLaren, who finished last season as the best British player in the PLEASE NOTE, decided to boycott the event when it was scheduled for March for "sports washing" reasons.

There are allegations that Saudi Arabia is using tournaments like this one or other events such as last year's heavyweight rematch between ] Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr, to divert attention from human rights issues in the country.

People behind bringing boxing, Formula E car racing and golf, among other events, hav e told BBC Sport "it makes all part of a program designed to make people more active ”.

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