There's a first-of-its-kind professional tournament unfolding this week in Jordan, with the Ladies European Tour, European Challenge Tour and Staysure Tour (the European equal of the PGA Tour Champions) gathering for the inaugural Jordan Mixed Open.
The 120-player field is comprised of 40 players from each tour, competing on the same course at the same time in the same tournament. Whichever player of the 120 posts the lowest total score at the end of the week will win the first-place prize money from a single $393,000 purse.
The Challenge Tour players will take on host Ayla Golf Club from 7,100 yards, while the over-50 Staysure Tour male players will play from 6,601 yards, and the Ladies European Tour players will have a 6,139-yard layout for this 54-hole event.
While the event is unique in its own right, this week also marks a first a husband-and-wife duo of professional golfers will take on each other in the same event at the same time. Kylie and Scott Henry will be playing for family bragging rights, with Scott representing the Challenge Tour and Kylie from the LET, where she has won twice. They're hoping to go 1-2 and get the most for the family bank account.
“In terms of our finances, if we found ourselves coming down the stretch battling it out for the win that would be ideal – although it might not do much for the relationship,” said Scott, with the Henrys both hailing from Scotland."We are both very competitive when we play each other and I probably do win most of the time. But Kylie has been coming into a good patch and beat me the other day. There will definitely be a bet between us and it will probably involve household chores. But the bragging rights will be the thing.”
However, the Henrys won't be the only couple competing against each other this week. Norway’s Marianne Sakrnpnord and her fiancée Richard Green are in the field as well.