Andy Murray proposes a radical new golf format, accusing the sport of “losing a trick.”
Andy Murray proposed a format that has the potential to transform one of golf’s most prestigious majors.
Andy Murray, the tennis star, has proposed a mixed-gender golf tournament that combines the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup into one.
Just hours after Team GB won two gold medals in two mixed events, the 4x100m medley relay and the triathlon relay, the two-time Wimbledon winner shared the notion with his Twitter followers.
Murray believes that sport is losing a trick by not adding more mixed events, and he started the discussion on Twitter by asking, “How good are mixed events in sport?” They’re a big asset, and many sports are missing out by not marketing and supporting them more.”
Murray has competed in a mixed event for Team GB at an Olympic Games, having won the mixed doubles silver medal with fellow Brit Laura Robson on home soil at the 2012 event in London.
The 34-year-old, however, has stated that he would like to see the idea included into one of the world’s largest golf competitions by combining the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup, which pits the top players from Europe and the United States against each other every two years.
“Who else would love to see a mixed golfing event Ryder/Solheim cup style?” the two-time Olympic gold winner asked his Twitter followers in a poll. I believe that would be fantastic for the sport.”
As a result, his plan garnered immediate approval, with over 6,000 people voting in less than 30 minutes, with 83 percent supporting Murray’s mixed golfing concept.
The Solheim Cup and the Ryder Cup are both coming up on the golfing calendar, with the former starting on August 31st at the Inverness Club in Ohio and the latter starting on September 24th at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
While Murray stated that many sports are missing a trick by not implementing mixed events, golf has already done so this week with the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland, which is a joint event between the European Tour and the LPGA Tour.
Both men and women will compete on two distinct courses in Northern Ireland, with both teams vying for the same prize pool.
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