The Aramco Team Series Is Ready to Tee Off in London
The Aramco Team Series is a series of four three-day tournaments that will take place across the world, starting in London this July with each event having a purse of $1 million.
Ladies European Tour CEO Alexandra Armas said: “To the LET, the Aramco Team Series – London and the subsequent team events are a massive moment of elevation for the women’s game, and to have a field as strong as we do in London is fantastic.
“As a Tour, we are always more than happy to do things a little differently — take risks, try new things, mix up the way we play and experience golf. That’s certainly what the Aramco Team Series — London promises to do.
“The action at Centurion will open an exciting new chapter in women’s golf and one we see as playing a massive role in the continued growth of the game.”
Several prestigious golfers are set to play the event with some of the LPGA and Ladies European Tours’ biggest names already lined up. Former major champions Lexi Thompson, Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist are signed up to play the tournament. Also participating are 2021 LET Race to Costa del Sol champion Emily Kristine Pedersen, Australia’s number one ranked golfer Minjee Lee, two time LET winner Charley Hull, five time LET winner Anne Van Dam and Solheim Cup legend Catriona Matthew.
Catriona Matthew said: “It’s certainly shaping up to be quite the field – which is understandable, considering the exciting new format of the team tournament and what’s up for grabs. Being just a couple of months before the Solheim Cup adds a real bit of spice to the mix, especially with so many major winners from both sides of the pond playing.
“As the Solheim Cup has proven, team golf is a format that really gets the heart-racing and brings so much additional excitement. Introducing four new Aramco Team Series events in four regions, I find a really fantastic initiative from the LET and I really am excited to see how it will propel women’s golf forward.”
The unique tournament will see 36 captains lead teams of four, who will be competing to shoot the lowest combined score over three days at each venue. All teams will include three LET players that will have been picked through a draft system, in which captains choose one player and are randomly assigned another. The fourth member of each team will be an amateur golfer – a position open to all golfers in the UK – through the tournament’s ‘Team Up’ competition.
A trial of the Aramco Team Series format took place in November 2020. Known as the Saudi Ladies Team International, the event was played at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia and was won by Emily Kristine Pedersen, Casandra Hall, Michele Thomson, and amateur golfer Matt Selby. The format proved hugely popular among players.
The Aramco Team Series will begin at Centurion, near London, from July 8-10. The tournament then moves to Sotogrande, in Spain, from August 5-7, New York from October 14-16, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from November 10-12.