Get your free tickets and watch New Zealand’s Lydia Ko defend her Golf title.
The Public Investment Fund (PIF), Aramco Saudi Ladies International, is returning for 2022, with a new date and the largest early-season purse in an expected record-breaking year for the LET (Ladies European Tour).
The players at the event will tee up at the King Abdullah Economic City Royal Greens Golf & Country Club from March 17 to 20.
The tournament carries a superstar field led by defending champion New Zealand’s Lydia Ko with $1 million in prize money.
Ko, last year shot a final day 65 for a five-shot victory. The two-time major champion put in a stunning display over the weekend and landed a sixth LET (Ladies European Tour) title.
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This year’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International is the first of the two Saudi stops on the LET. The Aramco Team Series – Jeddah will take place in November for its second leg. This season’s Team series has expanded to five individual events, up from four in its inaugural run last year.
Ko will be playing against a star-studded field comprising major-winners Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall. Along with Solheim Cup stars Bronte Law and Carlota Ciganda. LET winners Marianne Skarpnord, Olivia Cowan, Steph Kyriacou, Pauline Roussin Bouchard, and Anne van Dam. And the 2020 tournament’s debut champion, Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen.
Five-time LET tournament champion Marianne Skarpnord was the women’s singles winner in the Tour’s debut Aramco Team Series. A Golf Saudi-backed event held in London last year.
The Aramco Saudi Ladies International is the first international women’s sports event held in Saudi Arabia and broadcast on national television. This was when the Kingdom had less than 20 female golfers.
The inaugural tournament was a landmark moment in 2020. It inspired over a thousand Saudi women to take up the game during the first-ever tournament weekend. Aramco sponsored the Golf Saudi’s Ladies Club, the world’s first free golf initiative.
Majed Al Sorour, the Saudi Golf Federation CEO, hopes the event will inspire further generations of homegrown Saudi golfers.
Ladies European Tour CEO, Alexandra Armas, commented,
“The Saudi Ladies International is a week all our players look forward to enormously. The quality of the field and prize money add an extra edge to a stunning venue for the golf tournament. We feel the impact of our members playing in Saudi Arabia and the good that’s doing for women’s golf.”
Aramco’s. Talal Al-Marri, general manager of Public Affairs, added,
“Such events help to break boundaries in sport. We are excited about being part of it. The tournament has altered the landscape of the women’s game. This aligns with our efforts to champion female empowerment at Aramco. Our sponsorship also represents our continued association with the sport. Dating back to the 1940s, when Aramco built the first golf course in the Kingdom.”
Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF, March 17-20.