Justin Rose has confirmed he will sponsor a new seven-tournament Justin Rose Ladies Series for British women's professionals, starting at Brockenhurst Manor in Hampshire on June 18.
Rose claims he and his wife Kate felt compelled to "step up and help" British women's golf after learning about the efforts of Ladies European Tour star Liz Young and resident club-fitter Jason MacNiven to run a ladies' event at Brockenhurst Manor.
Kate and I are excited to host the Rose Ladies Series - over multiple great courses this summer in England— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) June 7, 2020
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The former World No.1, who will be back in action on the PGA Tour at this week's Charles Schwab Challenge, will reportedly contribute £35,000 in prize money to the seven-tournament series (see above for dates).
The British women professionals that enter will pay an entry fee, and then also play for a pot of money.
"I am keenly aware that I now have the opportunity to go back to work and compete on the PGA Tour but this is not the same for the ladies and some junior tours as well," Rose told the Daily Telegraph.
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"I am sad that the Ladies European Tour has been suffering so badly and doesn't really have a start date yet from what I know. To me this seems somewhat unfair my wife Kate and I felt there was an opportunity to step up and help.
"The prize money is modest because it is me throwing in some money and then the ladies are paying an entry fee and being able to play for a pot. We wanted to give them the opportunity to play and to be ready for when the opportunities arise later in the summer."
The Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour will not return to action until August.
English pro golfer Mel Reid recently complained that not enough was being done in the men's game to help the women's game, with specific reference to the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins game last month that comprised of four male golfers.