Sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, the Aramco Team Series returns this year with an extended global schedule and increased prize fund.
Now in its second year, the Aramco Team Series is the sport’s first team event series on any professional tour.
The Aramco Team Series Bangkok kicks off the 2022 schedule at the Thai Country Club from 12 – 14 May. The team event then heads to London, Centurion Club, from 16 – 18 June, Sotogrande, La Reserva Club De Sotogrande, from 18 – 20 August and New York from 13 – 15 October. The final stop of the year will be Jeddah from 9 – 11 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
$5 million prize fund and revised format
In 2022, players will compete for a total prize fund of $5 million, with $1 million on offer at each tournament. That is contributing to a record-breaking year for the LET in terms of events and total purse.
With a player-led draft at each event, there are 36 teams of four, made up of three LET players and one amateur. This season will also see a revised format. The team event will take place over the first two days, with the third and final round for individuals making the cut in a last day shootout.
Committed to supporting women’s golf
Last season, the likes of Anna Nordqvist, Charley Hull, Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda, Georgia Hall, Danielle Kang, Alison Lee and Lexi Thompson all competed in the Aramco Team Series. Tournaments were broadcasted in 77 different international markets, with three play-offs in Spain, New York and Saudi Arabia bringing extra drama.
Majed Al Sorour, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation said: “After a successful debut season for the Aramco Team Series, we’re expanding in 2022 and it’s hugely exciting to be launching in Thailand. Players, fans and partners like Aramco and the LET have loved the fresh format and the opportunities it has provided. Seeing is believing and by hosting more women’s events we can all work together to inspire more to play and give the women’s game the exposure it warrants on a global stage.”
Alongside Golf Saudi, title partner Aramco remains a committed supporter of women’s golf, elevating the profile of the tournaments, addressing gender equality and empowering females across the globe through golf, sport and business. In 2021 the Aramco Team Series supported female charities, local initiatives and regional golf federations in London, Spain, the USA and Saudi Arabia as part of its commitment to leave a lasting legacy.
Talal Al-Marri, General Manager of Public Affairs at tournament sponsor Aramco, said: “We are committed to supporting women’s golf and championing female empowerment. The Aramco Team Series is helping break boundaries, support players and inspire women and girls, whether through golf or any other discipline, all across the world. We will continue to leave a positive impact at every tournament with more initiatives and additional support to keep momentum for the game at all levels.”
Aramco Team Series Ambassadors
A number of international players have also been confirmed as Aramco Team Series Ambassadors promoting women’s golf to global audiences alongside Golf Saudi. Players will wear a mix of front of hat and sleeve sponsorship at all participating tournaments.
Two-time major winning golfer Anna Nordqvist was announced among the inaugural ambassadors last year with Camilla Lennarth and Amy Boulden. The trio are now joined by Alison Lee (USA), Anne van Dam (NED), Emily Pedersen (DEN), Carlota Ciganda (SPAIN), Bronte Law (ENG), Lindsey Weaver-Wright (USA), Olivia Cowan (GER), Pauline Roussin Bouchard (FRA) and Marianne Skarpnord (NOR). Australia’s Steph Kyriacou is confirmed as an Aramco Team Series sponsor as well.
Alexandra Armas, Ladies European Tour CEO, said: “We are thrilled to have the new Aramco Team Series – Bangkok event as part of our record-breaking schedule for 2022. The Aramco sponsored team events are always of the highest quality and the professionals and amateurs alike enjoy the innovative format. Our players cannot wait to visit a new venue, Thai Country Club, to play in this tournament, in May.”
For more information about the Aramco Team Series, please visit aramcoteamseries.com or follow the event on social media @aramco_series.