Centurion Club is set for a memorable week with the inaugural Aramco Team Series tournament
5 Reasons Why You Should Watch The Aramco Team Series London
The innovative Aramco Team Series hits our TV screens this week and it’s a chance for golf fans to feast their eyes on world-class golf with some of the globe’s best female pros competing in a special, unique tournament.
Professionals will be in teams of four alongside two peers and one amateur player.
The Aramco Team Series London is the first of its kind, with three more events coming this year in Sotogrande, New York and Jeddah.
The tournament takes place at the Centurion Club from 8-10th July, with coverage being shown on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland as well as over 60 countries with a possible reach of around 350m homes with more than 400 hours of live broadcast.
Here’s five reasons why you should tune in this week:
Lexi Thompson headlines the stacked field at the Centurion Club, along with fellow Major winners Georgia Hall, Anna Nordqvist and Dame Laura Davies.
It’s set to be one of the strongest fields of the entire year on the LET, with other huge names like Minjee Lee, Charley Hull, Catriona Matthew, Emily Pedersen and Anne van Dam set to tee it up as well.
“It is [a strong field] and the events had a tremendous feedback from last year so obviously a lot of these players will have played in Saudi [Saudi Ladies Team International] at the end of the year,” Ladies European Tour CEO Alex Armas told Golf Monthly.
“You know one thing players are really good at is sharing their experiences at events and they would have shared their experience for this tournament and I think now it’s just gone to the next level and we just keep growing.”
Whilst there is an individual element of the tournament, with a $200,000 purse, the main competition to follow is the team event, which will see players compete for a huge $800,000 prize fund.
The draw took place on Tuesday, which saw captains pick one partner, with another pro added as well as an amateur competitor.
The unique spectacle could potentially see an amateur golfer hole the winning putt in a fully-fledged Ladies European Tour event, something never seen before on the world’s leading professional tours.
The Saudi Ladies Team International last year paved the way for this exciting event and there will be four in total to follow throughout the year.
“They’re playing as a team. They don’t play like that very often and within the groups, they’re going to get such a buzz. Just watching them interact, high-fiving each other, watching them engage and the tactics behind the team side so it’s great golf but it’s also going to be a unique atmosphere,” Alex Armas said.
The glorious Centurion Club in Hertfordshire hosts the event and will be sure to give some incredible visuals throughout the week.
Centurion only opened in 2013 yet is already a modern classic, featuring a very distinct mix of tree-lined and more heathland and undulating holes.
The club has already hosted professionals in the form of GolfSixes and will be an excellent test for Ladies European Tour stars this week.
It’s a huge year for women’s golf with the Solheim Cup fast approaching, and the Aramco Team Series could have big implications for Team Europe and Team USA.
Full Solheim Cup points are on offer, as are Race to Costa del Sol points for the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit.
The huge $1m purse is also the second-largest of the regular LET season so the winning team have the opportunity to take home life-changing money.
Add in the amateurs and we’ve got a very exciting few days of viewing ahead of us with huge points and cash on the line.
The event is giving back
Aramco has become the single biggest supporter of the Ladies European Tour as the tour continues its fantastic growth in terms of playing opportunities and prize funds.
There are 28 tournaments on the calendar this year, with the Tour playing for record prize money.
The women’s game is certainly benefitting and the tournament is giving back to its players with great opportunities as well as to the wider world.
Each Aramco Team Series tournament is partnering with a women’s rights charity, with Girls Network selected as the London partner charity,
The charity provides mentorship opportunities for girls from disadvantaged communities.