Organisers of the new European Golf Team Championships have revealed further details about the inaugural event, after agreeing terms on a format and qualification process with the European Tour and Ladies European Tour.
The tournament will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland from August 8-12 and form part of this year’s inaugural European Championships multi-sport event, which will be staged across Glasgow and Berlin in Germany.
The format will feature a 50-50 gender split, with male and female professional players competing for equal prize money across both the men’s and women’s team match play events, as well as a mixed team competition.
Players will represent their home nations with 16 teams of two competing in the men’s and women’s team events, before combining to form teams of four – two men and two women – in the mixed team event. A maximum of three teams will be able to represent any one country in each event.
Qualification will be via the European Golf Team Championships Points Tables for men and women. This will be based on the men’s Official World Golf Ranking Points and women’s Ranking Points earned from tournaments that end between July 10, 2017, and July 9, 2018.
Mark Lichtenhein, chairman of the Ladies European Tour, said: “As we have seen through the Olympic Games in Rio, the recent Oates Vic Open in Australia and the announcement to have mixed teams in the GolfSixes in the UK, there is a tremendous public appetite to see men and women competing.
“The format is terrific and the fact that the event will be shown throughout Europe via free-to-air television presents an unprecedented opportunity to bring new fans to the game.”
Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, added: “There is a need for golf to embrace new formats and engage a wider audience, and following our recent announcement about the inclusion of female players in the revolutionary GolfSixes tournament, the European Championships presents yet another innovative opportunity to break new ground on a number of fronts.”
To be staged every four years, the European Championships combine the existing European Championships of athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon. The European Golf Team Championships is the only brand new event being staged as part of Glasgow 2018.