Saudi Arabia will host its first-ever golf tournament for women when the Ladies European Tour arrives in the country next March.
The LET event will involve 108 female golfers battling it out to win the $1million prize money at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Jeddah.
Following the announcement of the news, LET CEO Alexandra Armas said: “I’m incredibly excited by this announcement and it is an honour for the Tour to be part of history in bringing the first-ever professional women’s golf event to Saudi Arabia.
“Confirmation of adding Saudi Arabia to our schedule for 2020 is an exciting prospect… and having seen the quality of the event staging for the Saudi International, I am sure this will be a fantastic experience for our players.”
Saudi Arabia does not have a good record when it comes to women’s rights, in fact, the country only permitted women to watch football matches in stadiums in January 2018.
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Amnesty International has described the Saudi regime’s human rights record as “heinous”. Furthermore, some of the world’s top golfers, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, have said they will not compete at the annual men’s golfing event in the country next year.
McIlroy said: “It’s just not something that would excite me… “100%, there’s a morality to it as well.”
The country has been making gradual progress, however, when it comes to the strict guardianship rules previously imposed on women.
This week, the country announced it was removing restrictions on which entrance a woman can use when entering a restaurant.