It's the biggest week on the LET calendar outside of the Majors as we look ahead to the Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF

This week sees the return of the Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF. An event which boasts a prize fund of $5 million, which is equal to the payout of the men's PIF Saudi International, the largest event to achieve pay parity between the men's and women's equivalent competitions.

A field of 120 players will be teeing it up at Riyadh Golf Club, as the Aramco Saudi Ladies International takes place for the fifth time making its debut in the Capital.

If you're a regular follower of the LET, you will see a slightly different field set up from regular events as 50 players from the Top 300 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings join 60 LET members and 10 sponsor invites.

This means that a host of LPGA stars will be sharing the fairways with their LET counterparts, similar to a Major or co-sanctioned event. Defending champion Lydia Ko won't be playing this week but Major winner Lexi Thompson will be and after narrowly missing out on the chance to lift the Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF trophy in 2023, she'll be looking to make up for it this year.

“My determination is stronger than ever to exceed my 2023 finish and secure my first Aramco Saudi Ladies International title, this time at a new course for me, and a new city in Riyadh.”  

On returning to Saudi Arabia, Thompson also remarked: “The Aramco Saudi Ladies International signifies a significant step forward in advancing the sport, not just in Saudi Arabia but on a global scale, and it's a privilege to be part of an event that advocates for equal prize funds in golf."

Solheim Cup stars Georgia Hall and Emily Kristine Pedersen, who have both won this event when it was played at Royal Greens, will be looking to build on their previous experience. Pedersen reflecting on her 2020 victory:

"I think back when I won that event was probably some of the best that I played, for a while leading up to that. Royal Greens [Golf and Country Club] is very special to me. I love it there. And I've always felt great around that track, so obviously a little bit sad to see we are leaving there, but also excited to see what Riyadh has to bring."

With Hall adding:

"I love the golf course that we played and obviously some good results there before. Emily, when she won, beat me in the play-off so I'm happy not to play the 18th [hole], it’s not my favourite, but obviously some great memories and gives me confidence going into this week."

What about the impact the tournament is having on women's golf?

"It’s fantastic to have this event and I think it's improved looking at the strength of the field this week, there are a lot of strong players playing. I've always tried to support the event every year and it's one of my favourites to come to. It’s just helping grow the game of golf in this country [Saudi Arabia] and it's doing a lot of good for women's golf in general."

Other 2023 European Solheim Cup stars will be in the field, including Charley Hull, Linn Grant, Leona Maguire and Gemma Dryburgh.

2023 Race to Costa del Sol winner Trichat Cheenglab is making her first appearance on the LET this season and her first at the Saudi Ladies International:

"Joining the lineup is an honour, and I am excited to compete at my first Aramco Saudi Ladies International. It’s a prestigious event with a prize fund that is driving conversations in sport forwards. I am here to make my mark, learn from the best, and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of women's golf in Saudi Arabia."

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