Erstwhile Scandinavian Masters, Scandinavian Mixed is a prestigious 72-hole golf event. It’s the only European Tour event ever to unfold in Scandinavia. Each year, the top professional golfers from across the globe converge on Sweden to battle it out for the title glory. It’s more about prestige, as the €1.5 million prize fund is modest as compared to other European Tour events.
Scandinavian Masters was instituted in 1991 with the amalgamation of Scandinavian Enterprise Open and PLM Open. The former was around since 1973 while the latter took off in 1983. Come 2020, it was rechristened as Scandinavian Mixed with its merger with the Ladies European Tour. With “Mixed” right in the name, the event would feature both male and female golfers.
Scandinavian Mixed couldn’t take off in 2020 with pandemic being the culprit. However, the event is all set to unfold in June 2021 with the schedule, hosts and venue being announced. The inaugural edition is scheduled between June 10 and 13, 2021 featuring 156 golfers (78 males and 78 females.) The venue is the coveted Vallda Golf & Country Club in Gothenburg.
The format in Scandinavian Masters used to be the stroke play over four rounds, which has been retained in the Scandinavian mixed. Players would be playing eighteen holes a day for the entire stretch of the event. The golfer with the least strokes across all rounds would be the winner.
Special events require special hosts. This time around, Annika Sörenstam and Henrik Stenson, the two Swedish icons, would do the honours. Interestingly, both the players would come out of their retirement to tee it up in the event. For the uninitiated, both hosts have startling records. Annika is a ten-time Major Champion while Henrik has 11 European Tour titles to his name.
A vision of Martin Hawtree, Vallda Golf & Country Club is a sight to behold, replicating the glory of the classic English links. Since 2009, Vallda Golf & Country Club has its share of golfing action throughout the year but hasn’t hosted a major event as yet. Scandinavian Mixed would be the first. With hard surfaces, characteristic bunkers and premeditated holes, the golfers would find the venue hard to negotiate, irrespective of disability.
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