Tours re­veal new mixed event

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By James Cor­ri­gan

For the first time on the ma­jor tours, men and women will play along­side each other on the same course for the same in­di­vid­ual tro­phy and for the same first prize. The Scan­di­na­vian Mixed next June will be ground-break­ing, but is, in fact, the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of re­cent moves to in­te­grate the sexes.

The Jor­dan Mixed Open was held in April, fea­tur­ing play­ers from the Ladies Euro­pean Tour, Se­niors Tour and the Chal­lenge Tour. And ever since the suc­cess of that event – in which Dutch­man Daan Huiz­ing edged out Eng­land’s Meghan Ma­claren – the game has been wait­ing for Went­worth HQ to per­form the up­grade.

The Euro­pean Tour and the LET have done that with Hen­rik Sten­son and An­nika Soren­stam act­ing as tour­na­ment pro­mot­ers in the £1.3 mil­lion com­pe­ti­tion com­pris­ing 78 males and 78 fe­males. It will take place at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stock­holm, with new venues for 2021 and 2022.

There will be dif­fer­ent tee po­si­tions – in Jor­dan, the men played over 7,100 yards and the women over 6,139 – but pin po­si­tions will be im­por­tant, too.

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