Women’ European Tour provides two occasions in Saudi Arabia
The Women’ European Tour introduced a pair of tournaments in Saudi Arabia to happen in November, which is able to mark the primary feminine skilled golf occasions within the nation.
The Aramco Saudi Women’ Worldwide will function a subject of 108 LET golfers competing for a $1 million purse. Whereas the event was postponed from its unique March date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now again on the books for Nov. 12-15 at Royal Greens Golf Membership, which has additionally hosted the European Tour’s Saudi Worldwide every of the final two years.
The LET will return to motion on the identical course days later for the Saudi Women’ Group Worldwide, slated for Nov. 17-19. This occasion will function 36 groups of 4 gamers competing for each particular person and workforce prizes totaling $500,000, with groups “chosen through a draft-style course of, happening the week earlier than the event, giving workforce captains the ability to construct a workforce of their selection.”
Saudi Arabia has been criticized for its human rights document and stays one of the repressive international locations on the planet by way of girls’s rights, solely not too long ago ending insurance policies of gender segregation in eating places and permitting girls to drive. Male gamers have beforehand been criticized for his or her participation within the European Tour’s Saudi occasion, which was gained final 12 months by Dustin Johnson and earlier this 12 months by Graeme McDowell.
Earlier this 12 months, LET participant Meghan MacLaren introduced she wouldn’t play within the girls’s Saudi occasion over issues of “sportswashing” the nation’s questionable rights document.
“I’ve determined to not play primarily based on what I feel sport is getting used to do in Saudi Arabia,” MacLaren advised The Telegraph in January earlier than the event was postponed. “It’s miles extra sophisticated than anybody particular person, so it is a private resolution and never one thing I’d push onto anybody else. However primarily based on the analysis of organizations like Amnesty Worldwide, I could not be comfy being a part of that course of.”