Saudi Ladies International will award equal prize money to the winner as men

10 November, 2022

The Aramco Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour will see the top female golfers in the game win equal prize money to the men. The change is expected to begin next season when the tournament kick-starts on February 16, 2023. The prize money will be five times higher for the women golfer who wins the next edition of the Saudi Ladies International. 

The total prize money shared between all the contestants will increase from $1 million to $5 million, with the tournament champion taking home $750,000 at the conclusion of the competition at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia on February 16-19.

This is one of the most significant changes to emerge in the golfing scenario and the $5 million purse will be the third-largest on the Ladies European Tour. This prize money is also on level terms with the one the men get in the PIF-funded Saudi International on the Asian Tour.

The tournament will bring together a world-class field of 120 competitors, including the LET, the Women’s World Golf Rankings, and sponsor invitations. Announced as part of a renewed agreement with Golf Saudi, LET chief executive Alexandra Armas hailed the increase in prize money to par with the men’s as a landmark moment for our Tour, and for women’s sport globally.

“It will allow the tournament to grow in every way, from its purpose and impact on social change to the delivery of exceptional experiences for fans and for players at the event and in the community. This is a message to all young women that golf is for them, and they can pursue the sport as a passion and a career,” Armas said. 

Majed Al Sorour, the Golf Saudi deputy chairman, welcomed this move as a part of their ambitious project to attract not just global talents, but also to help nourish good homegrown talent in the coming years. He went on to add that showcasing the best female golfers as role models are integral to the game’s growth.