Golf returns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Golf Saudi and the Ladies European Tour announce back-to-back November golf events to be staged in King Abdullah Economic City
King Abdullah Economic City on the Red Sea Coast will host two elite-level European Ladies Tour golf
tournaments in the space of seven days: the $1million prize-fund Aramco Saudi Ladies International
presented by PIF taking place 12 th -15 th November and the $500,000 Saudi Ladies Team
International, running 17 th -19 th November.
Held within a safe bio-secure environment, both tournaments will attract many of the world’s best
golfers, and will be the first time in women’s golf history that professionals – themselves competing
in the Kingdom for the first time – will partner with amateurs in the all-new team and individual
format promised for the Saudi Ladies Team International.
The events will mark the return of huge international sporting events to the Kingdom, something
Saudi Arabia has become renowned for hosting in recent years as the country aims to inspire its next
generation under the ambitions of Saudi Vision 2030.
Their hosting also reaffirms the Kingdom’s commitment to women’s sport, which comes at a time
when many athletes worldwide have seen their endeavours halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
His Excellency Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan, Chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and tournament
organiser Golf Saudi, said: “As we all know the first half of this year has been extremely challenging
on businesses, organisations and nations worldwide, with sport affected greatly. However, we are
thankful to both PIF and Aramco – who are equally determined to give elite level sport the platform
to continue to flourish, both here in Saudi Arabia and abroad, and never more so than now – which
makes us proud to be throwing our full weight behind both the Saudi Ladies International and Saudi
Ladies Team International.”
Originally planned for March, the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF will be the
Ladies European Tour’s debut event in Saudi Arabia. It will attract more than 100 of the world’s best
golfers, and with a $1million prize fund will be the 2020 Tour’s third highest paying event.
The tournament is the women’s equivalent of the now annual men’s Saudi International powered by
SoftBank Investment Advisers, which had its second hosting in January and was won by Northern
Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.
The format of the Saudi Ladies Team International will be revealed in upcoming weeks, with the
three-day event set to feature professional players teaming-up with amateur golfers, together
competing for a share of a $500,000 prize-fund.
Wales’ Amy Boulden will be taking part in both of November’s events, fresh from her maiden LET
win at this month’s Swiss Open.
She said: “This type of commitment to women’s golf is really amazing to see at this time. It’s given
players another massive week to look forward to competing in and allows us to take the game we
love to a new country, where we can play on what is a truly incredible golf course with one of the
most picturesque views you’ll see on Tour.
“For Golf Saudi to throw their weight behind two events in one week is a really significant gesture
from a country I know is passionate about growing golf, and I can’t wait to get out there playing.”
Majed Al Sorour, CEO Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation, said: “Our vision is to grow golf
across the Kingdom, and make it both accessible and enjoyable to all men, women and children. One
of our key initiatives for this is hosting tournaments capable of drawing the world’s best players as a
means of inspiring the next generation of young Saudis and Saudi golfers, so it is a great honour to
be taking our next step on that journey by welcoming the Ladies European Tour to the Kingdom for
November’s debut Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF and the Saudi Team
Alexandra Armas, Ladies European Tour, CEO, said: “We are extremely excited to be part of history
in bringing the first-ever professional women’s golf event to Saudi Arabia and we are thankful to
their commitment to deliver not one but two tournaments, in what has been a difficult year for
“We are always looking to grow the game in new markets and add to our schedule and we are
confident that the Saudi Ladies International and the Saudi Ladies Team International will be a
fantastic experience for our players.”