LET Announces 2020 Schedule with Large Prize Fund Increase
The Ladies European Tour is upping the ante for 2020. Last week the Tour announced their new 24-event schedule with an €18 million prize fund up for grabs, €4.5 million more than last season.
Seven new tournaments, including the Scandinavian Mixed hosted by Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson, have been added to the LET schedule. An amazing 15 of the total 24 events will be played in Europe. The news comes just a few months after it was announced the LET and LPGA would be joining forces to ensure European ladies golf continued to prosper.
“The LET and the LPGA only began working together in September 2019, but we’ve been blown away with the results in the first 90 days and the positive response from across the golf industry,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, who chairs the LPGA-LET Joint Venture Board.
He added, “With overall purse increases and seven new events, our athletes will have more opportunities for success. It’s exciting to think what we can accomplish after a full year of working with our new board. We have a long way to go, but I’m so happy to say that this is the best position that European women’s professional golf has ever been in.”
This is great news for women’s golf and goes a long way in helping the LET remain an important pathway for professional golfers. The news has been met with widespread support from both players and fans, who now eagerly await the beginning of the 2020 season.
“I committed myself to playing on the LET in Europe last year and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s been achieved over the last 90 days to improve the schedule,” 2019’s European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew told reporters after the announcement. Adding, “This is a tour that existing players and those joining for the first time should be proud to be part of. I’ll be keeping an eye on some of the exciting young players coming through as we look ahead to retaining the Solheim Cup in Toledo next year.”