Tours reveal new mixed event
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.