Charley Hull and Georgia Hall are relishing the opportunity to test their talents in the men’s game when they feature in the GolfSixes this weekend.
The Solheim Cup teammates are one of two female teams involved in the 16-team event at the Centurion Club, while Catriona Matthew appears in a mixed pair alongside Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.
The round-robin format sees teams play six-hole matches of greensomes match play to determine which two teams progress from each group, with Hall hopeful of a big week for the female teams.
“Personally I think it would be massive if one of the women’s teams won it, Hall said. “The pressure is on the men, 100 per cent, because we’re in England and it’s the men’s European Tour.
“I think it’s a great chance for us to show what we can do. When we knew we were going to be part of it, it’s been kind of the number one event on my mind really.
“I’ve been looking forward to it the most because I love team events as well. I think it’s a great opportunity.”
May 5, 2018, 12:00pm
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Hall and Hull have been drawn in Group D alongside the England men’s team of Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace, who are keen to avoid losing the battle of the sexes in the opening match.
“I’d rather beat the ladies tomorrow and miss every cut for the rest of the year than lose and play well the rest of the year,” Pepperell said. “We’ll get some stick on social media if we lose but it’s all good fun.
“I think it’s actually brilliant for the event that the ladies are here. I think it’s really cool and obviously me and Matt would love to win, but if we don’t then I wouldn’t begrudge either of the ladies’ teams winning to be honest.”
Watch the GolfSixes throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports. Live coverage of the group stage begins on Saturday from midday on Sky Sports Golf.