Meghan MacLaren joined Charley Hull in the winners' circle after a rollercoaster round at Moor Park
While the LET stars wait to hear if they will have any more tournaments to play in 2020, Justin Rose and wife Kate decided to take matters into their own hands – and pockets.
The pair put their name and money behind a series of women’s events for British professional professionals throughout June and July.
The Justin Rose Ladies Series will feature seven one-day tournaments, followed by a three-day, 54-hole grand final held at North Hants, the Berkshire, and Wentworth from August 5-7.
The format for the grand final, which is being dubbed the Race to the West, will see the top 35 and ties after 36 holes progress to Wentworth’s famous West course.
The Roses are contributing £35,000 in prize money, while American Golf and Computacenter UK have matched that total as the title sponsor. All 10 golf clubs currently have offered their facilities for free.
Each tournament will be behind closed doors and highlights will be shown on Sky Sports.
As for why, Rose explained: “I am keenly aware that I now have the opportunity to go back to work and compete on the PGA Tour but this is not the same for the ladies and some junior tours as well.
“I am sad that the Ladies European Tour has been suffering so badly. To me this seems somewhat unfair so my wife Kate and I felt there was an opportunity to step up and help.”
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Justin Rose Ladies Series: Results
Event 1: Brokenhurst Manor
Charley Hull won the inaugural event after seeing off fellow LET player Liz Young in a play-off on her home course.
World No 25 Hull was two clear with two to play but a double bogey at 17 saw her fall back level with Young on even par. A 15-footer for birdie at the first extra hole was enough to take the £5,000 first prize.
Event 2: Moor Park
Meghan MacLaren birdied the first hole of the second Justin Rose Ladies Series event at Moor Park and never looked back.
MacLaren was five shots clear of the pack on the 11th tee before four dropped shots in the next three holes made for a much more interesting finish.
In the end she finished at 3-under, two ahead of Liz Young and amateur Sam Fuller.
Event 3: The Buckinghamshire
Given the winning scores in the first two events were even par and 3-under, Gemma Dryburgh probably didn’t expect to challenge when she was 2-over on the 4th tee.
But she was in contention when she reached the turn at 1-over par before catching fire on the back nine, with birdies at 10, 13, 14 and 16 enough for a one-shot victory over former Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall.
Justin Rose Ladies Series: Events
July 9: Royal St George’s
July 16: JCB Country Club
July 23: Bearwood Lakes
July 30: The Shire
August 5: North Hants (Grand Final day one)
August 6: The Berkshire (Grand Final day two)
August 7: Wentworth (Grand Final day three)
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