The ISPS HANDA World Invitational 2021 will see the Ladies European Tour, LPGA Tour and European Tour join forces for a new gender equal tournament.

The ISPS HANDA World Invitational has just release some hugely exciting news

In another massive boost for the women's golf and a step forwards towards greater equality in golf, the European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour have joined forces for the first time ever to create a mixed-gender event.

The ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management will take place at Galgorm in Northern Ireland from July 28 to August 1, 2021.

Equal prize funds

Following in the footsteps of the ISPS HANDA Vic Open in Australia, which has the same format, its the first time anything like this has happened in the northern hemisphere.

Played over two courses, Galgorm Castle and Massereene, the ISPS HANDA World Invitational will attract a field of 288 players split equally between the male and female tours.

The 144-strong women’s field will also be split between the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour and the incredible $2.35 million purse will be split evenly too, with both men and women competing for two equal prize funds.

The women’s tournament will count towards the Race to the CME Globe on the LPGA Tour, the Race to Costa del Sol on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Solheim Cup points for both Team Europe and Team USA.

ISPS HANDA Founder and Chairman, Dr Haruhisa HANDA with Modest! Golf Management owner and ISPS HANDA Ambassador, Niall Horan (Photo: Getty Images

New audiences for the women's game

Niall Horan, owner of Modest! Golf Management, said: “This is a key moment for professional golf in this part of the world, and with the help of ISPS HANDA along with both the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and European Tour we have been able to take the ISPS HANDA World Invitational to a new level, which will without doubt reach new audiences around the world.

“The message behind the tournament perfectly aligns with Modest! Golf’s ethos of providing opportunities for all and ensuring golf is a game for everyone. These are vital messages which we plan to further develop with The R&A having recently announced our partnership with them.

“I have been attending European Tour events for as long as I can remember. To host a co-sanctioned LPGA Tour and European Tour event on the island of Ireland gives me so much pride and I cannot wait to return to the amazing Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort this summer, the perfect venue to host such a tournament.”

How very, very exciting.

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