The ISPS HANDA World Invitation has been elevated to the European Tour roster for 2021, with Niall Horan's Modest! Golf Management hosting the event at Galgorm from 28 July to 1 August.
The European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour will join forces for the innovative mixed tournament which has been elevated following a hugely successful inaugural edition on the European Challenge Tour in 2019.
With the tournament taking place a week after the Amundi Evian Championship in France and before the Tokyo Olympics, it may attract some of the biggest names from the LPGA to Northern Ireland.
The 2021 event will continue to be played over two courses, Galgorm Castle and Massereene and will form part of the European Tour's 2021 UK Swing, taking in tournaments in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England across July and August.
It will be the first time an event of this format is tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour in the northern hemisphere – following in the footsteps of the ISPS HANDA Vic Open in Australia which has the same format.
The 288 players will be evenly split - 144 men and 144 women - the women’s field equally made up of players from the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour.
The €2million purse will be split evenly, with men and women competing for two equal prize funds.
The tournament will count towards the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and carry Team Europe Ryder Cup points, while the women’s tournament will count towards the Race to the CME Globe for women on the LPGA Tour, the Race to Costa del Sol on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Solheim Cup points for both Team Europe and Team USA.
"This is a key moment for professional golf in this part of the world," said pop star Horan. "With the help of ISPS HANDA along with both the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and European Tour we have been able to take the ISPS HANDA World Invitational to a new level, which will without doubt reach new audiences around the world.
He added: "I have been attending European Tour events for as long as I can remember. To host a co-sanctioned LPGA Tour and European Tour event on the island of Ireland gives me so much pride and I cannot wait to return to the amazing Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort this summer, the perfect venue to host such a tournament."