This week, professional golf is back on its feet and copies amateur golf. It offers us an event in which the players of the European Tour and the players of the Ladies European Tour will be playing together for 4 days on the same course.
An inclusive logic that allows us to see more and cultivate the differences rather than compartmentalize them.
Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson hosts of the tournament
It did not take less for such a format to emerge. Annika Sorenstam member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Henrik Stenson, winner of the Open 2016.
In a desire to grow the sport that this initiative took shape. From 2020, we can see their first interventions on Golf Channel to promote the tournament. Scheduled for June 2020, the tournament has been canceled due to sanitary conditions.
But in 2021, the tournament will start on June 10 over 4 rounds to end on June 13.
Sanctioned by the 2 professional tours, the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup and world ranking
The major argument for bringing in the players is the fact that the tournament is sanctioned by their respective tour. Therefore, playing such a tournament will earn them points. For the Scandinavian Mixed, it will be necessary to seek performance because every point will count, whether for The European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup and the world ranking (OWGR).
As many women as men
Perfect parity. 78 men and 78 women will take the start of this event. Nothing to add to this perfect balance.
The pros will finally act like the amateurs for once. Men and women will play together. A natural return of things, given that golf is one of the rare sports where, whatever its differences, you can on the same course, in the same game.
A cut with 65 players
No floating cut based on the average performance of the entire field. The cut will be made at 65 players and a tie. Enough to guarantee an interesting field for the weekend.
With the Jordan Mixed Open , two years ago, the mixed tournaments multiply at a rather slow rate. But they do exist. One day this format will undoubtedly be the norm. For the moment, and despite the weak response of the event, our role is to talk about it as much as possible, so that things can change.