By JOEL BEALL, GolfDigest.com
“It's more than just guys in the world who play golf.”
Last year the Victorian Open debuted a ground-breaking collaboration between the European Tour, the LPGA Tour, the PGA of Australia and Australian Ladies Professional Golf, with men and women playing concurrent tournaments at 13th Beach Golf Club for equal prize money. The format received rave reviews, and returns this week in Geelong, Australia.
However, while there are a handful of mixed-gender events — most notably, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam are set to host the Scandinavian Mixed this June — the approach has yet to receive global acceptance. According to former U.S. Open champ Geoff Ogilvy, it is time golf's governing bodies get with the program.
“There’s more than just guys, you know. It just makes sense," Ogilvy said at the Vic Open. "We should do this more often. The fact that this happens only once in a year is just nonsense.”
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