2 tournaments in 8 days in November will mark the Ladies European Tour’s debut in the kingdom
Announced: By the Ladies European Tour, a two-tournament event spanning eight days in November in Saudi Arabia, the first women’s professional golf events to be staged in the kingdom. In a news release Monday, the LET said the $1 million Aramco Saudi Ladies International will be played Nov. 12-15, followed by the $500,000 Saudi Ladies Team International on Nov. 17-19. Both tournaments will be played at Royal Greens Golf Club on the Red Sea Coast, near Jeddah, as the tour continues to revise its 2020 schedule in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. “We are extremely excited to be part of history in bringing the first-ever professional women’s golf event to Saudi Arabia,” said Ladies European Tour CEO Alexandra Armas in a release, “and we are thankful to their commitment to deliver not one but two tournaments, in what has been a difficult year for golf.” The LET had been scheduled to make its debut in Saudi Arabia in March, but the event was postponed because of the pandemic. The men’s European Tour has staged the Saudi International in January in each of the past two seasons as part of its Desert Swing on the Arabian Peninsula. However, players were denounced for competing in the wake of the slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national who was critical of the ruling regime. The expansion of the European and Ladies European tours into the kingdom has been criticized as the regime’s attempt at “sportswashing” its reputation with human rights. Until two years ago, women in Saudi Arabia had been banned from driving cars.
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