the Ladies European Tour announce a record-breaking 2021 schedule featuring 27 events in 19 different countries, the Solheim Cup and the Summer Olympics, with players competing for a combined prize fund of more than €19 million: an increase of €2 million on the proposed pre-COVID-19 announcement for the 2020 season and €6 million on 2019.
A year on from the monumental Joint Venture between the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the LET and after a year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 season is set to not only recapture the momentum of Spring 2020 but welcomes the addition of as many as nine new fully sanctioned tournaments.
In 2020 the The Players Championship of golf was canceled after the first round due to the health emergency connected to the pandemic. With the PGA Tour which was then forced to a forced stop of 3 months. One year later, the event is preparing to return to the protagonist again in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 March the world big names will compete for a stellar prize money of 15,000,000 dollars.
With all postponed events returning to the calendar, the season will air an unprecedented 200+ hours of LIVE broadcast, with coverage extending to more than double the number of tournaments compared to 2020. In a ground-breaking agreement for women’s golf, The Aramco Team Series is the latest edition to the revamped schedule, comprising of four events taking place in New York, London, Singapore and King Abdullah Economic City (near Jeddah) with each tournament carrying a €830,000 prize fund.
Annika Sorenstam's come back
The world knows Annika on a first-name basis after her legendary 15-year professional golf career that broke world records and forever changed the way women’s golf is played. About her come back she said: "Thirteen years without real games is a long time.
I am happy and grateful to be able to play again. However, my expectations are low. But it will already be a lot to be on the field." Amid controversy, the presidential medal for freedom from Donald Trump a few hours after the assault by his supporters on Capitol Hill.
A day after the invasion of the US Capitol building, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump in a closed-door ceremony. The White House confirmed this in a press release.
This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which is awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Annika earned her way into the World Golf Hall of Fame after becoming the only player in Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour history to shoot 59, achieve 89 worldwide victories (including 72 LPGA and 10 Major Championships), and be awarded prestigious titles including the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year and the Golf Writers Association of America Female Athlete of the Year.
In 2008, Annika Sorenstam stepped beyond professional golf to focus on her family, foundation, and brand. Annika is an athlete, philanthropist, and entrepreneur who has committed her life to winning. Gary J. Player is a men’s golf legend who has won 165 professional golf tournaments worldwide and is one of only five men to ever capture golf’s coveted Career Grand Slam.
Now for the first time since 2008, Annika Sorenstam, the women's golf legend, will return to play in an official LPGA Tour event. The Swedish player, who boasts 72 titles on the Tour, will be among the protagonists of the Gainbridge Championship, a tournament that will take place from 25 to 28 February in Orlando, Florida.
On the course of the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club there will therefore also be the Sorenstam who last January had played, alongside the celebrities, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. For an unofficial appearance.