Get free tickets for the 2022 Aramco Saudi Ladies International
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko is set to defend her Saudi Ladies International title…
After a huge success, the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund (PIF) is returning for 2022, with a new date and the biggest early-season purse in what will be a record-breaking year for the Ladies European Tour (LET).
The ground-breaking event will tee up at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), from March 17 to 20.
It carries a $1 million prize purse and a superstar field led by defending champion New Zealand’s Lydia Ko.
Last year, Ko shot a final day 65 to romp to a five-shot victory. The two-time major champion put in a stellar display across the weekend and landed a sixth Ladies European Tour (LET) title.
This year, the Aramco Saudi Ladies International represents the first of two Saudi stops on the LET, with the Aramco Team Series – Jeddah returning in November. This season’s series has expanded to five individual events, up from four in its inaugural run last year.
Ko will be joined at the event by major-winners Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall, Solheim Cup stars Carlota Ciganda and Bronte Law, past-LET winners Marianne Skarpnord, Olivia Cowan, Pauline Roussin Bouchard, Steph Kyriacou and Anne van Dam, as well as the tournament’s debut 2020 champion, Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark.
Five-time LET tournament champion Marianne Skarpnord has played in both Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF events to date. The Norwegian was also the individual winner in the Tour’s debut Aramco Team Series event in London last year, another Golf Saudi-backed initiative.
Taking women’s golf to the next level
The Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF became the first-ever international women’s sports event to be held in Saudi Arabia and be broadcast on national television – at a time when the Kingdom had fewer than 20 female golfers.
A landmark moment, the inaugural tournament in 2020 inspired more than 1,000 Saudi women and girls to sign-up to learn the game for the first time over the tournament weekend, all through Golf Saudi’s world-first free golf initiative, the Ladies First Club powered by Aramco.
Majed Al Sorour, deputy chairman and CEO of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation, hopes next week’s event will further inspire the first generation of homegrown golfers in Saudi Arabia.
Alexandra Armas, Ladies European Tour CEO, commented, “The Saudi Ladies International is a week all our players look forward to enormously, with the quality of field and prize money, adding an extra edge to what is a stunning course and venue for elite tournament golf. We also feel the impact of our members playing in Saudi Arabia and the good that’s doing for women’s golf.”
Talal Al-Marri, general manager of Public Affairs at tournament sponsor Aramco, added, “Events like this help to break boundaries in sport, and we are thrilled to be part of it. The tournament has already changed the landscape of the women’s game, and it aligns with our efforts to champion female empowerment at Aramco. Our sponsorship also represents the continuation of our association with the sport that dates back to the 1940s, when Aramco built the first golf course in the Kingdom.”
Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund, March 17-20. Free tickets and further tournament information are available here.