While LET stars wait to hear if they will have any more tournaments to play in 2020, Justin Rose and wife Kate have decided to take matters into their own hands – and pockets.
The pair have put their name and money behind a series of women’s events for British professional professionals throughout June and July.
The Justin Rose Ladies Series will feature eight tournaments, culminating in a two-day grand final held at The Berkshire and Wentworth’s West course on August 6-7.
The Roses are contributing £35,000 in prize money, while American Golf have matched that total as the title sponsor. All nine golf clubs currently signed up will offer their facilities for free.
“The prize money is modest because it is me throwing in some money and then the ladies are paying an entry fee and being able to play for a pot,” Rose added. “We wanted to give them the opportunity to play and to be ready for when the opportunities arise later in the summer.”
Each tournament will be behind closed doors and highlights will be shown on Sky Sports.
As for why, Rose told the Telegraph: “I am keenly aware that I now have the opportunity to go back to work and compete on the PGA Tour but this is not the same for the ladies and some junior tours as well.
“I am sad that the Ladies European Tour has been suffering so badly. To me this seems somewhat unfair so my wife Kate and I felt there was an opportunity to step up and help.”
Justin Rose Ladies Series: Results
June 18: Brokenhurst Manor
Charley Hull won the inaugural event after seeing off fellow LET player Liz Young in a play-off on her home course.
World No 25 Hull was two clear with two to play but a double bogey at 17 saw her fall back level with Young on even par. A 15-footer for birdie at the first extra hole was enough to take the £5,000 first prize.
Justin Rose Ladies Series: Events
June 25: Moor Park
July 2: The Buckinghamshire
July 9: Royal St George’s
July 16: JCB Country Club
July 23: Bearwood Lakes
July 30: The Shire
August 6: The Berkshire (Grand Final day one)
August 7: Wentworth (Grand Final day two)
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