The Saudi Ladies International, the inaugural women’s golf tournament to be played in Saudi Arabia, will be held Oct. 8-11 at the site of the European Tour’s annual stop
Confirmed: By officials with the Saudi Ladies International on Tuesday, that the first women’s professional golf tournament to be staged in Saudi Arabia has been rescheduled for Oct. 8-11. The tournament, part of the Ladies European Tour, was postponed last months because of the widening coronavirus pandemic. The Saudi Ladies International will be played at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, site of the European Tour’s annual Saudi International, and feature a $1 million purse. "We have been extremely impressed by Golf Saudi's commitment to working through the challenges and making this historic event happen," Alexandra Armas, the LET’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. The LET, like virtually all of professional golf, has been suspended since mid-March because of coronavirus. The professional tours' recent entry into Saudi Arabia has proved to be a controversial topic, given the kingdom's spotty record on human rights. Some of the game's premier players – notably, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy – have taken disparate views on Saudi Arabia's growing involvement in world-class golf.
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