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Rose Ladies Series to return

Charley Hull was the 2020 Rose Series winner - GETTY IMAGES

Charley Hull was the 2020 Rose Series winner – GETTY IMAGES

So a lot for the Rose Ladies Series being an emergency one-off. Not solely is it returning to the calendar in 2021, however doing so in an even bigger and higher format.

Set up by Justin Rose, England’s Olympic champion, and his spouse Kate final yr to fill the blank summer caused by Covid-19, the pair have as soon as once more stepped up to the mark to full the gaps within the Ladies European Tour schedule.

Running in three blocks from the top of April till the beginning of September, there are 11 one-day occasions – three greater than in 2020 – with elevated prize cash.

The first 10 of the 18-hole shootouts will see the winner stroll away with £10,000 – double the quantity of 2020 – whereas the ultimate will function a £20,000 first prize. The high quality of programs will even elevate the mini-circuit with hyperlinks classics similar to Hillside and Royal Birkdale taking part in hosts.

The latter, after all, was the place Rose chipped within the 18th as a 17-year-old newbie to come fourth within the 1998 Open Championship.

It is exceptional {that a} germ of an thought which began as a single 18-hole roll-up merely to give someplace for the UK’s stricken feminine professionals to play, has grown right into a collection attracting blue-chip sponsors in an space of British sport the place none was supposed to exist.

That says every thing about Rose, the previous world No 1, breaking the mould of the trendy male professional in placing his title, fame and certainly his cash behind an initiative to help his feminine counterparts.

American Golf and Computacenter return, whereas the R&A and BMW have additionally signed up as backers. Excel, the administration firm which oversees Rose’s profession in addition to that of Tiger Woods, will act as promoters, with Rose fast to credit score the efforts of Paul McDonnell, his long-time handler, and Molly Bullard, the event director.

Hull was presented with a cheque for winning last year's Order of Merit - GETTY IMAGES

Hull was offered with a cheque for profitable final yr’s Order of Merit – GETTY IMAGES

“It’s great that we’ve been able to put this all together and as ever there’s always so many to thank,” Rose informed Telegraph Sport. “These clearly embody the feminine gamers themselves, as they have been those which made the collection such a success.

“When you could have professionals with the profile of Charley [Hull, the series winner] and Georgia [Hall] competing, it clearly ramps up the standing and, thus, curiosity. You know, after final yr’s collection, Kate and I have been requested if it will be revived in 2021, however our view was that it will be sensible if it didn’t have to be and that there could be ample alternative anyway for these gamers.

“Yet while the Ladies European Tour schedule is excellent and bodes so well for the future there are still gaps and that is where we come in. So the first quartet [West Lancs on Apr 29, Woburn on May 6, Brockenhurst Manor on May 13 and The Berkshire on May 21] will give the women the chance to hone their games before the LET begins in earnest.

“And then there would be the break, till the following 4 [Hillside on Aug 2, Birkdale on Aug 3, JCB GCC on Aug 5 and Scotscraig on Aug 7] leads them into two massive weeks on the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open and the AIG Women’s Open. And then the concluding three [Northants on Sept 23, the Buckinghamshire on Sept 23 and Bearwood Lakes on Sept 25] will funnel into the LET’s ultimate stretch.

“The increase in prize money will concentrate the minds still further and I’ve always said you can’t beat the experience of having a card in your hand. As much as my schedule allows, I’ll be in attendance, especially as these courses are very close to my heart. There is Birkdale, my home course of North Hants and Scotscraig, our first event in Scotland, where I tried to qualify for the Open as a 14-year-old. It’s great for all the clubs and their memberships to give up their courses for a day, particularly after the lockdown closures.”

For her half – and her role should not be underestimated as a former worldwide gymnast with a want to give the feminine sport the publicity it deserves – Kate Rose is already counting down the times. “In golf terms, the series was one of the great positives of the British summer in 2020,” she mentioned. “We can’t wait.”

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