Carlota Ciganda becomes latest female star to join GolfSixes field

Carlota Ciganda of Spain is the latest female star to join the GolfSixes field  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Carlota Ciganda of Spain is the latest female star to join the GolfSixes field (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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There’s a new female name in the GolfSixes field set to tee off at Centurion Club near St Albans next week.

Spanish star Carlota Ciganda will join the GolfSixes field at Centurion Club on Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, May 6, following the withdrawal of Suzann Pettersen.

Pettersen has pulled one of the competition on medical advice after confirming that she is expecting her first child.

Ciganda will replace her fellow Solheim Cup player as the partner of England’s Mel Reid in the European Women’s Team, one of four wildcard teams competing in the second edition of the innovative six-hole event near St Albans.

Ciganda and Reid will be joined by an England Women’s Team of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull, while Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn and his Solheim Cup counterpart Catriona Matthew will become the first male and female professionals to play together in a competitive match play format on the European Tour when they form the Captains Team.

The Ireland pairing of Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan are the final wildcard entry in the 16 team field, which also includes defending champions Denmark.

Norwegian Pettersen has reluctantly withdrawn from the field on medical advice.

She said: “This is a very happy time for me and my family but my pregnancy hasn’t been the most straightforward.

“I have taken the advice of my doctor and will sadly not be able to compete in GolfSixes this year, which is a real shame as I know it would have been a lot of fun.

“I wish Carlota and Mel the best of luck.”

Ciganda has six professional titles, including three on the Ladies European Tour and two on the LPGA Tour.

The 27-year-old, who won the LET Order of Merit in her debut season in 2012, has also represented Europe three times in the Solheim Cup, partnering Reid in 2015 and 2017.

She said: “Mel and I played in the Solheim Cup together and we complement each other’s games really well.

“We are both aggressive long hitters and we take risks on the course, so I think our style will suit GolfSixes well.

“We are great friends and extremely passionate about the game of golf.

“We are looking forward to playing against the men as the European Women’s Team and showing them how good our skills are!”

Mark Casey, GolfSixes championship director, said: “This is a double celebration really as we pass on our congratulations and best wishes to Suzann on the impending birth of her first child, while welcoming Carlota to the GolfSixes field.

“I know that Carolta and Mel are good friends off the course and will certainly complement each other when they take to the six-hole layout at Centurion Club next week.

“We’re very excited to have so many world-class female players competing amongst a field full of European Tour winners as the innovative GolfSixes event continues to evolve.”

Hall and Hull will take on their male counterparts Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace in an England v England clash in one of the standout matches in the GolfSixes group stage on Saturday, May 5.

Ciganda and Pettersen will play Thorbjørn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard of defending champions Denmark.

The 16 teams will compete over six holes in a group stage, with teams split into four groups of four.

The top two teams from each group progress to the knockout stages – the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, a third/fourth place play-off match and the final – on Sunday, May 6.

The innovative six-hole competition will have a festival feel with a centrally-located Fan Zone full of entertainment for all the family.

Tickets are priced at £5 for children and £16 for adults, and are available now at europeantour.com/tickets

The GolfSixes Groups (full match schedule to be confirmed):

Group A

Denmark – Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjørn Olesen

Thailand – Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee

USA – Daniel Im and David Lipsky

European Women – Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid.

Group B

Australia – Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby

South Korea – Jeunghun Wang and Soomin Lee

Spain – Pablo Larrazábal and Adrian Otaegui

European Captains – Thomas Bjørn and Catriona Matthew.

Group C

France – Alexander Levy and Romain Wattel

Italy – Matteo Manassero and Renato Paratore

Scotland – Scott Jamieson and Richie Ramsay

Ireland – Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan.

Group D

England – Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace

South Africa – George Coetzee and Haydn Porteous

Sweden – Alexander Björk and Joakim Lagergren

England Women – Georgia Hall and Charley Hull.

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