The European Tour will include women in a team event for the very first time at the Golf Sixes later this year.
Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew will form the “Captains Team” in the fast paced event.
The team event is said to be golf’s equivalent to Twenty20 cricket.
It will return in May for the second running of the event that was won by the Danish team comprised of Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjørn Olesen.
As well as Matthew, four other women will compete. Charley Hull and Georgia Hall will make up the England Women’s team and Mel Reid and Suzann Pettersen will join forces on the European Women’s team.
It is a huge step forward for the European Tour and will make an already interesting event even more intriguing.
The fourth and final wild card team will be revealed towards the end of March alongside the 11 men’s national teams who will qualify automatically from the European Tour’s Category Ranking List.
Matthew wrote on Twitter: “Can’t wait to represent
@LETgolf @SolheimCupEuro at the @GolfSixes @CenturionClub in May with @RyderCupEurope captain @thomasbjorngolf ,what a great innovative idea from @EuropeanTour #GolfSixes”
There was a similar sentiment from Bjorn. He wrote: “Really excited about this tournament! A forward thinking event and honoured to partner up with
@SolheimCupEuro captain @Beany25 Let’s go Catriona!!”
The tournament features a number of six hole greensome matches. The 16 teams are split into four groups for round robin play. The top two teams in each group will then play down from eight to a winner in the knockout rounds.
The European Tour hope that the tournament will bring new people – and particularly younger people – to the game.
Last year’s winner Bjerregaard said: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many kids at a golf tournament in my life which is great for the game.
“In addition to that, they were having a great time, running around and not being told to be quiet all the time which is exactly what we need to get more young people involved in our sport.”