LET Dealt Huge Blow As Vic Open Partners With LPGA Tour

Next year's Vic Open will no longer include the Ladies European Tour

LET Dealt Huge Blow As Vic Open Partners With LPGA Tour
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Next year's Vic Open will no longer include the Ladies European Tour

LET Dealt Huge Blow As Vic Open Partners With LPGA Tour

The Vic Open has been heralded for breaking ground within the game for including both men and women in its annual tournament.

The Aussie event has been on the Ladies European Tour schedule in recent years as well as the men's PGA Tour of Australia, and next year's tournament will include the men's European Tour for the first time.

However, the tournament was also set to feature the Ladies European Tour once again, but will now host the LPGA Tour instead.

It's a huge blow to the LET which is currently struggling for events, sponsorship and prize money, and the whopping 3m Australian Dollar prize fund ($1.5m each for men and women) was a huge boost.

The news comes less than three months prior to the event starting on 7th February.

The tournament, formerly won by 2018 Women's British Open champion Georgia Hall, will still feature the men's European Tour as well as the ALPG Tour and PGA Tour of Australia.

There has been some criticism from the decision, including from three-time LET winner Beth Allen.

Allen wrote on Twitter, "Really sad to hear that @GolfAust has decided not to include the @LETgolf for the 2019 @VicOpenGolf.

"Myself & many other members of the LET have supported the event from the start. To be excluded the year that the event has reached over 1 million AUD is so disappointing."

See more

The LET 2018 schedule featured 22 tournaments including four Tour Schools, the GolfSixes and US Women's Open qualifier.

The 1.5m Australian Dollar Vic Open would have been equal to the Ladies Scottish Open fund and larger than every other event barring the majors.

It's obviously a huge blow for the LET and even more so due to the fact that 2019 is a Solheim Cup year.

Mel Reid, who recently gained her 2019 LPGA Tour card, made comments earlier this year about fellow golfers on the LET who had to get part time jobs due to the lack of opportunities in Europe.

“A lot of my friends, who have been on Tour for 12 years, have had to get part-time jobs. Golf is supposed to be the second highest paid women’s sport,” she told the BBC's 'The Cut' Podcast.

She continued, “they are elite athletes but if they are having to work part-time jobs how are they meant to put in the hours to get the best out of their abilities? It’s just not right.”

Reid told the BBC that the LET “needs help” and that it was “heartbreaking” to see the lack of tournaments on the schedule.

Expand Mel Reid Earns LPGA Tour Card

Mel Reid Earns LPGA Tour Card

Mel Reid Earns LPGA Tour Card

The six-time LET Tour winner finished 5th in…

Expand Mel Reid: LET Players Have Had To Get Part-Time Jobs

mel reid

Mel Reid: LET Players Have Had To Get Part-Time Jobs

The Englishwoman was speaking on the most recent…

Expand Laura Davies Announced As Solheim Cup Vice Captain

Laura Davies Announced As Solheim Cup Vice Captain

Laura Davies Announced As Solheim Cup Vice Captain

Solheim Cup record points scorer Laura Davies will…

Expand Geoff Ogilvy: ‘Australian Open Feels Like A Second-Rate Tournament’

Geoff Ogilvy: 'Australian Open Feels Like A Second-Rate Tournament'

Geoff Ogilvy: ‘Australian Open Feels Like A Second-Rate Tournament’

The Aussie was brutally honest on his national…

This week sees the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana, the final event of the season barring the two following Tour Schools, which has a prize pool of €300,000.

To put that into context, last week's LPGA Tour season finale saw winner Lexi Thompson pick up a cheque of $500,000.

Also last week, the LPGA Tour announced a huge financial increase to the season finale CME Tour Championship where the winner will earn $1.5m, a winner's cheque larger than 33 of the 47 men's PGA Tour events.

This week's men's European Tour event, the Hong Kong Open, sees a prize pool of $2,000,000, a relatively small one compared to other events.

For all the latest golf news, check the Golf Monthly website and follow our social media channels

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5