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LET follows men in staging an event in Saudi Arabia

Struggling women’s tour to play $1 million event on March 19-22 at same site of European Tour’s Saudi International

Announced: By the Ladies European Tour, details for a tournament next year in Saudi Arabia, an event that was first disclosed two months ago. The LET will follow Europe’s men’s tour in taking an event to a country criticized for a checkered history of human rights, particularly regarding women. The unnamed, 108-woman tournament will offer one of the struggling LET’s richest prizes, $1 million, and be played March 19-22 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. The course, in King Abdullah Economic City on the kingdom’s west coast, along the Red Sea, is the same site as the European Tour’s second annual Saudi International, to be played Jan. 30-Feb. 2. The Saudi International has come under renewed scrutiny when American Phil Mickelson announced earlier this month that he would play in the event, presumably for a seven-figure appearance fee, and skip the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, in which he has competed for nearly 30 years.

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