The innovative event was originally set to launch this year, but it had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

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In a year of so much uncertainty, we're more grateful for good news than ever before.

So it's come as a huge boost to hear that the inaugural Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika has been confirmed for Vallda Golf & Country Club, Sweden in 2021.

The innovative event was originally meant to launch earlier this year at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm, but like many fixtures it was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Taking place from June 10 to 13 and co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Ladies European Tour, it's a groundbreaking idea for several reasons.

Featuring an evenly split field of 78 men and 78 women, every competitor is in it for the same prize fund and the same trophy.

Hosted by Swedish Major Champions Annika Sörenstam and Henrik Stenson, everyone will obviously be competing on the same course too.

11-time European Tour winner Henrick said: 

“We are delighted Vallda Golf & Country Club has been announced as host venue of the Scandinavian Mixed in 2021. It has been an exceptionally tough year for many people, and we are truly fortunate that golf is being played around the world during these unprecedented times.

“Annika and I were both disappointed that we were unable to stage the Scandinavian Mixed in Stockholm this year, however the health and safety of our golfing community was of paramount importance to us, and we now look to hosting the event in 2021 at Vallda near Gothenburg. I played the course a few weeks ago and I’m sure it will offer a challenging test for the men and women set to compete against each other for the title next year.”

Meanwhile Annika, who turns 50 next month, added:

“It's unfortunate that we were unable to put on the event in Stockholm earlier this year, however it is exciting that we will have the opportunity to bring women and men together in a combined tournament next season. It is great we can promote golf in Sweden to young boys and girls, as well as on the global stage, as we continue to showcase golf as a game for everyone.”

We think it's a fabulous idea and it's great to hear that it is going ahead, even if it's a year later than originally planned.

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