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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Now There Are 4 Mixed Events on the ET

Yeah, I know -- it's hard to believe, isn't it? But while the PGA Tour talks about creating a joint event for men and women, the ET now has FOUR.

Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam

Morning Drive had Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam on the show Wednesday to talk about the Scandinavian Mixed, the newest joint tournament on the ET, which they'll be hosting. But the event was actually announced back in October (I admit I missed it) and I'll link you to that article on the ET site here. It says, in part:
As part of the European Tour’s commitment to inclusivity in golf, the inaugural Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika will feature 78 men and 78 women at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm from June 11-14, 2020 and will be co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Ladies European Tour.

Hosted by Sweden’s most successful male and female golfers for the next three years and with a prize fund of €1,500,000 for the entire field, the tournament will offer Official World Ranking points for both Tours, plus Race to Dubai and Ryder Cup points for European Tour members, and Order of Merit points for the Ladies European Tour.
But while I knew the ET had already created some mixed events and have enjoyed watching them, I didn't realize this made a total of FOUR such tournaments! They are:
  • FEBRUARY 6-9: the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Australia
  • MAY 9-10: the GolfSixes Cascais in Portugal
  • JUNE 4-7: the Trophée Hassan II tournament in Morocco
  • JUNE 11-14: the Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika
I just hope the PGA Tour gets their act together soon and creates something similar. The PGA Tour and LPGA Tour pros have all made it clear they would like to play some events together, but the powers that be just don't seem to get it. This is one area where the European Tour is leaving the PGA Tour in the dust...

And I commend them for it.

1 comment:

  1. The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco is exclusively a ET event, but on the same weekend the LET conducts the Lalla Meryem Cup simultaneously on an adjacent course. The two fields aren't on the same course at the same time. The prize fund for the men last year was 2.5 million Euros while the ladies played for a paltry 450,000.

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