Hero Women’s Indian Open to be held in October as LET announces new calendar

The Hero Women’s Indian Open, one of the only two Ladies European Tour events in South and South-east Asia, will be held from October 1 to 4.

The LET got the new decade going with a new look and a strong calendar that had 24 events with a purse of almost 18 million euros, an increase of 4.5 million euros from 2019.

There are also two events in the Middle East.

Fifteen of the 24 events will be held in Europe, while India and Thailand will host an event each in Asia and the Olympic Games will be held in Asia in Tokyo. Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Dubai also have one event each.

France has three events, including the Evian Championship and Spain has three including the season-ending tournament.

Australia has two events as does Sweden, which hosts the Scandinavian Mixed and Creekhouse Ladies Open.

Scotland will have two, including the Women’s British Open this year. The United Kingdom will have one more event, the sponsors of which have not been announced and another event has been confirmed in November.

The LET begins with the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville in February and conclude with the Andaluc a Costa del Sol Open de Espa a Femenino in November, the latter having doubled its prize fund to 600,000 euro.

The new events on the 2020 LET schedule include two new events in Sweden — the 1.5 million euro Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika and the Creekhouse Ladies Open.

There is also a new USD 1 million event in Saudi Arabia, The Saudi Ladies Championship, as well as the Mithra Belgian Ladies Open, the Dutch Ladies Open and the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open.

The 15 events in Europe also include the Jabra Ladies Open, La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational, Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open, The Evian Championship, Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, AIG Women’s British Open, TIPSPORT Czech Ladies Open and Lacoste Ladies Open de France, as well as a new event in the United Kingdom.

The New Race to Costa del Sol provides biggest-ever LET bonus pool will offer 250,000 euro between the top three finishers on the official ranking.

The significantly improved schedule demonstrates the immediate success of the new LPGA-LET Joint Venture, with a new Board of Directors working together to grow the opportunities for LET Members, especially in the continent of Europe.

Chaired by LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, the new Joint Venture Board includes six Directors from the LET (Marta Figueras-Dotti, Eleanor Givens, Catriona Matthew, Liz Young, Justin Abbott and Alastair Ruxton), four Directors from the LPGA (Commissioner Mike Whan, Liz Moore, Kathy Milthorpe and Mike Nichols), one from The R&A (Chief Executive Martin Slumbers) and one from the European Tour (Chief Executive Keith Pelley).

“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 Whan.

“With overall purse increase 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.”