Justin Rose has announced that he and his wife Kate are sponsoring a new seven-tournament series for British women professionals, to take place at various locations in England throughout June and July.
All events will be shown on Sky Sports Golf, with the first six tournaments being one-day events and the final a two-day event. The series also includes a trip to Royal St George's, which was scheduled to host this year's Open Championship before its cancellation.
With the LET and LPGA not set to get back into action until August, this is an important step for British professionals who want to continue competing during the best months of the golfing season, and may also provide successful golfers with a valuable source of income during these testing times.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Rose commented:
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 and doesn't really have a start date yet from what I know. To me this seems somewhat unfair my wife Kate and I felt there was an opportunity to step up and help.
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. We wanted to give them the opportunity to play and to be ready for when the opportunities arise later in the summer
The Rose family is believed to contributing over £30,000 in prize money for the events.
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