How to get on: Saudi Arabia Ladies International golf tournament

What are the round-robin structure? World number one Anna Nordqvist, runner-up at the Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship, is facing an 11-player field in the first round of the Saudi Ladies International….

How to get on: Saudi Arabia Ladies International golf tournament

What are the round-robin structure?

World number one Anna Nordqvist, runner-up at the Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship, is facing an 11-player field in the first round of the Saudi Ladies International. It is one of the world’s most exclusive events, strictly for female members of the Royal Family. That means if they get on, they win the event.

Who is the favourite?

There is some tasty-looking company at the top. PV Sindhu needs only an emotional win over carder Elaine Ambrosio to make the final and Norwegian Caroline Hedwall is the reigning champion. Hedwall will be keen to avoid the same fate as the last winner, Stacy Lewis, who made the final in 2014 but lost to a last-day burst from top seed So Yeon Ryu.

How many others are playing?

Between them, the 11 players who did not qualify for the main draw – with Nordqvist and Hedwall ruled out by having already played the Women’s European Tour event earlier this month in Germany – will take part in the side contests over two days.

How much does it cost?

A mixture of gold, silver and cash. Single starters will pay $400, £280 and €325; the half-a-day players $400, £295 and €300; the full-card players $600, £425 and €330.

Why is it held?

It’s an initiative of the Royal & Ancient (R&A) and Cheddi Joffre Charity, and to coincide with this year’s 150th anniversary of the club’s foundation, so they are hoping for a bumper event.

When is it?

Thursday at 2.30pm local time.

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