For the third year in succession, the DP World Tour, LET and LPGA Tour have come together for the tournament that sees 144 men and 144 women compete in separate events for equal prize money.
Players from the DP World Tour comprise the men’s field, while LET and LPGA Tour players make up the players in the women’s field for the tournament at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and Castlerock Golf Club, two of the best courses in Northern Ireland.
As for the format, each field competes in its own 72 hole strokeplay event. The first two rounds of each event take place at Galgorm Castle and Castlerock, with the men and women going off their own tees. Meanwhile, all participants will play both courses. The final two rounds are played exclusively at Galgorm Castle.
There will be two cuts in each event, with the top 60 and ties in each field progressing after the second round and the top 35 and ties in each field determined after the third round. In the event of a tie for first place, a hole-by-hole playoff will ensue. At the end of the tournament, there will be a men’s winner and a women’s winner.
Last year, Maja Stark won the women’s event, while Ewen Ferguson claimed victory in the men’s tournament. Ferguson returns to defend his title this year, but there’s no Stark.
However, there are some other former winners in the field. Jack Senior and Stephanie Meadow claimed the honours in 2019 when the tournament was part of the Challenge Tour, and they both play. Two years later, Daniel Gavins and Pajaree Anannarukarn won, although this year there’s no Anannarukarn.
There are some other big names from the women’s game in the field, though, including 2018 AIG Women’s Open champion Georgia Hall, Leona Maguire, who won the LPGA Tour’s Meijer LPGA Classic in June, and Emily Kristine Pedersen, who was an early contender for this year’s AIG Women’s Open title at Walton Heath before eventually settling for a T30.
Other notable names in the women’s field include LPGA Tour winner Bronte Law, five-time LET winner Anne Van Dam and Diksha Dagar, who has two wins on…