World number one golfer and Olympic gold medalist Nelly Korda and her sister Jessica have joined the list of top female golfers for the third Saudi Aramco Team Series tournament in New York.From October 14-16, all eyes of the world of golf and sport will turn to Glenn Oaks, where the tournament, one of the European Tour Championships, with a prize pool of up to one million US dollars, will be contested by a group of female golfers, including 5 of the top 20 players in the world. .
The unique tournament system will witness intense battles between different teams for the title and the grand prize, in addition to its individual scores, as the player who scores the best hit rate will receive a portion of the prize pool.
The Organizing Committee had previously announced the confirmation of the participation of American Solheim Cup stars Lizette Salas and Lexi Thompson, in addition to the European team player and AIG Women’s Open champion, Anna Nordqvist.
World number one Korda said: “The Solheim Cup was the best example of how much the players and fans liked the team system. So when I found out about the Saudi Aramco Teams Series Championship, I decided to be a part of it, and I’m really excited to have it in my schedule for this year.” She added: “Lisette (Salas) played in the second championship of the series in Sotogrande, while Lexi (Thompson) participated in the first.” From the series in London, and I heard from them many positive things about the tournament and the difference in its system and other aspects. That’s why I’m looking forward to participating, experiencing and performing well.”
The 23-year-old Korda did not reveal the name of the player she would include in the team if she was chosen as one of the 28 captains of all the teams, but at the same time she expressed the importance of enjoying playing during the competitions, and said: “I have heard a lot about the Saudi Aramco series of teams and about The atmosphere is fun and competitive in all its tournaments, in which you can relax a bit on the field due to being part of a team.
So I will look for players with whom I will be able to spend quality time on the court, and hopefully that will be the recipe that will lead us to victory.” For his part, the CEO of Saudi Golf and the Saudi Golf Federation, Majed Al-Sorour, said: “The list of names participating in New York will be the strongest until this moment, with the participation of a group of stars who have recently participated in the Solheim Cup. This supports us in achieving our continuous goals of spreading this sport globally, At the same time, improving women’s sports opportunities through some initiatives that were planned to be implemented in New York.
We thank our wise leadership and Aramco for giving us the opportunity so that we can reach this special and unique event in the world.”
It should be noted that the Saudi Aramco Series Team Championships system is a new concept in golf, where players compete in teams, unlike what is customary in this individual sport.
The prize for each championship in the series is one million dollars; Teams compete for a prize money of $800,000, plus $200,000 for the best single score over the weekend.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Anna Nordqvist commented: “It’s a really special system and different from all the other tournaments on the European Tour.
I can only imagine the American fans falling in love with him, especially the amateur players and the chance to win a professional golf tournament.”
Nordqvist added: “It sounds crazy, and maybe it is in some ways, but it’s a welcome addition to women’s golf, as the tournament has added so much to the Tour and taken the game we love to another dimension. I am looking forward to the days of the Saudi Aramco Team Series tournaments.”