Sörenstam confirms she will tee it up alongside fellow tournament host Henrik
Stenson at innovative mixed tournament in Sweden
- 78 men and 78
women will go head-to-head on the same course competing for one prize fund and
Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika will take place at Vallda Golf
& Country Club in Gothenburg
Annika Sörenstam has
announced she will tee it up on home soil for the first time in 13 years
alongside fellow tournament host Henrik Stenson at the Scandinavian Mixed
Hosted by Henrik and Annika at Vallda Golf & Country Club in Gothenburg
from June 10-13, 2021.
During her 16-year Hall of
Fame career, Sörenstam amassed 89 victories worldwide, including ten Major
Championships before retiring in 2008 to start a family. The 50-year-old was
initially announced as a non-playing host alongside Stenson for the inaugural
edition of the event, scheduled to take place at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in
Stockholm in 2020, however it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After 13 years away from
professional golf, Sörenstam made the cut in February this year at her first
competitive outing at the Gainbridge LPGA at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in
Florida and will now return to action in Sweden this June following her last
appearance on home soil at the 2008 Scandinavian TPC in Stockholm.
The eight-time Solheim Cup
player’s decision to join the field of 78 men and 78 women brings a new level
of excitement to the innovative mixed tournament co-sanctioned by the European
Tour and Ladies European Tour.
With a prize fund of
€1,000,000 for the entire field and Official World Ranking points on offer for
both Tours, plus Race to Dubai and Ryder Cup points for European Tour members,
and Race to Costa del Sol and Solheim Cup points for the Ladies European Tour, fans can register their interest to watch two of
Sweden’s greatest golfers in action here.
“I’m excited to tee it up
at the Scandinavian Mixed and to be back playing competitively in my home
country of Sweden for the first time in 13 years,” said Sörenstam.
“Since retiring in 2008 I
have dedicated a lot of my time to the ANNIKA Foundation, which hosts seven
global events for junior girls each year including the ANNIKA Invitational
Europe which will be at Isaberg Golf Club in Sweden following this year’s
tournament, so I felt like it was a perfect opportunity to actually play in
this historic event bringing women and men together in a combined professional
“It is another way to
bring our game to the younger generation in Sweden and for those watching
around the world, showcasing that golf is truly a game for everyone.”
Stenson, an 11-time
European Tour winner, added: “I’m delighted that Annika, one of the greatest
golfers the world has ever seen, will be teeing it up at Vallda this June.
“It’s going to be a great
week and I’m sure a real thrill for all of the players in the field to have
someone of Annika’s stature playing in the tournament. I can’t wait to see the
dynamics of having both men and women going head-to-head for the same trophy
and putting it all on the line come Sunday afternoon.
“Our hope is that through the Scandinavian Mixed, and many other golf tournaments, Annika and myself can help inspire the next generation of golfers in Sweden and around the world. The Henrik Stenson Foundation is committed to helping children with a dream by providing the initial spark to start them on their mission in life, with our initial focus on Paragolf and junior golf, delivering international events and scholarships highlighting the inclusive nature of our game.”