Mixed Open is a & # 039; blueprint for golf & # 039; – ex-Ryder Cup player Lane

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Players tackle the Ayla course with different tees, depending on the tour they are fighting with

The inaugural Jordan Mixed Open could be a blueprint for the future of the game, says the former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane.

Lane will be one of the seniors of the Staysure Tour who will compete against Challenge Tour and Ladies European Tour players between 4-6 April.

The field with 123 players at Ayla Golf Club will compete for a £ 300,000 prize money.

"It's something else, and for more people to participate in golf, that's what we need," said the Ryder Cup player from 1993.

"We have the Golf Sixes matchplay which is fun, we had the Vic Open combined tournament in Australia that worked well, and now this event in Jordan.

"It's just like T20 and cricket test matches – another idea. I don't think we would like it every week – there is room for traditional 72-hole tournaments – but we need innovation.

"It must be something that appeals to a wider audience and hopefully gets young people engaged."

The Staysure Tour – formerly known as the European Senior Tour – is played by men aged 50 and over , while the Challenge Tour is the second level of professional golf for men in Europe.

"Sport must be inclusive, and different genders that play against each other are only true," adds Lane.

"It could definitely work brilliantly and hopefully be a good demonstration of the concept that it will be followed by more events around the world."

Players will play on Greg Approach Norman designed tracks from different tees, depending on the tour they are competing in – in 2018, Challenge Tour players drove the ball on average nearly 50 meters farther than LET players.

The men of the Cha llenge Tour will face a 7,100-yard golf course in the 54-hole ironing event, while the over-50s of the Staysure Tour will have 6,601 yards and Ladies & # 39; European Tour (LET) players will cover 6,139 yards.

Borja Virto (left) of the Challenge Tour plays a course that is 500 meters longer than Barry Lane and 1,000 longer than Olivia Cowan

"It has never been done before, so there may be some teething problems with tees because it is difficult to train exactly where they should be, but they have worked really hard to convert driving distances to the tees that we play, "says Lane.

"It is a great opportunity for us old boys to play against these young players stars, I just hope there is a good spread of players over the tours that make the cut for the last day."

The 40 players of each tour are accompanied by three leading amateurs, with the field cut at 60 for the last 18 holes of the three-day tournament.

German-based English player Olivia Cowan says the event has aroused interest among her peers.

"It is really an exciting concept and there is a real buzz about it among the girls on tour," the 22-year-old said.

"Many players asked me about the course when they knew I had played it. Everyone is excited to play here."

The tournament is held three months after the British Meghan MacLaren , who will be one of 40 LET players in Jordan, emphasized the £ 5m difference in prize money between the men's and women's events in Abu Dhabi.

Sneaky Solheim Cup Trish Johnson of England will compete alongside Cowan and MacLaren in Aqaba, while Lane is accompanied by Ryder Cup player Phil Price from Wales.

Winners of the European Tour Michael Hoey from Northern Ireland and the German Marcel Siem are two of the representatives of the Challenge Tour.

Borja Virto (left) of the Challenge Tour plays a course that is 500 meters longer than Barry Lane and 1,000 longer than Olivia Cowan

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