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Current title holder ANA Inspiration, Pernilla Lindberg, supports this week's Vic Open.Getty

Conventional wisdom insists that the notion of equal winnings in golf tournaments is not just a chimera, but also an innovation that can only have a negative impact on the overall prize fund.

It is also an old truth that makes the reputation of Vic Open – an Australian tournament with the slogan "Men and women. On the same course. At the same time. For an equal price. – is determined to turn his head.

This week, the event will debut on European tours and LPGA. In doing so, its scope will be greater than ever, which will allow it to establish a trend that runs counter to the classic arguments of equal pay.

Ten years ago, the Victorian Open, as it was called at the time, was a minor championship on the Australasian circuit and the fate of the women's event was so low that it had ceased to exist.

The governing body, Golf Victoria, has sought change. The week was renamed Vic Open, the women's championship was reinstated and the entire tournament was moved to 13th Beach Golf Links, where two courses can accommodate more than 300 golfers.

Innovations go further. Golfers – all – would share the fairways, the two playing fields in alternative groups. The fans would also share this same grass, which allowed them to walk behind the players, not just along the sides of the holes, as is traditional.

In 2013, the two fields competed for a prize of A $ 150,000 (about US $ 100,000), a figure that speaks volumes about the start of the business in the golf hierarchy. That is, it was very low in the hierarchy given that the smaller PGA Tour funds are $ 3 million and the LPGA Tour $ 1.3 million .

However, the players were fully present, the Victorian government fully supported and the sponsors were aware of the enthusiasm aroused by the fans and the media. At the same time last February, tournaments more than quadrupled the prize fund to A $ 650,000 each.

For golfers of the Australian Ladies Professional Tour, this was of course a considerable improvement. A tournament that had ceased to exist ten years earlier is now the second most lucrative circuit.

However, the demand for equal pay had also benefited the men, who were now competing in a fourth round of the calendar that not only had broken, but had also surpassed the barrier of 150,000 Australian dollars at which the vast majority of his tournament was stuck. It is difficult to see how such growth would have been achieved without the new format.

The unique state of the two tours – small, traditionally playing for modest scholarships – has facilitated the drive for equal pay and yet, as the tournament has expanded further in the past 12 months, the mandate did not change. the rewards continued to increase.

This week, the fields compete for $ 1.5 million, ten times more than in a decade. With the approval of European and LPGA Tours, we are witnessing an increase in the quality of the grounds and an exposure of this radical concept to the outside world.

Pernilla Lindberg won her first major championship in 2018, Inspiration ANA, and she plays this week a third time, encouraged to return by this unique atmosphere.

"It's just different," said the Swede. "Every day you look up, there are guys in front of you and guys in the group behind you. It's nice to show other great tours around the world that you can do something like this. "

Australia's Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open champion, added before Thursday's first round: "Two golf tournaments played at the same time, like the Australian Open, makes sense, does not it? not?

"The Vic Open is relevant to the world this week. People notice it because of price equality. It's a big problem. "

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Current title holder ANA Inspiration, Pernilla Lindberg, supports this week's Vic Open. Getty

Conventional wisdom insists that the notion of equal winnings in golf tournaments is not just a chimera, but also an innovation that can only have a negative impact on the overall prize fund.

It is also an old truth that makes the reputation of Vic Open – an Australian tournament with the slogan "Men and women. On the same course. At the same time. For an equal price. – is determined to turn his head.

This week, the event will debut on European tours and LPGA. In doing so, its scope will be greater than ever, which will allow it to establish a trend that runs counter to the classic arguments of equal pay.

Ten years ago, the Victorian Open, as it was called at the time, was a minor championship on the Australasian circuit and the fate of the women's event was so low that it had ceased to exist.

The governing body, Golf Victoria, has sought change. The week was renamed Vic Open, the women's championship was reinstated and the entire tournament was moved to 13th Beach Golf Links, where two courses can accommodate more than 300 golfers.

Innovations go further. Golfers – all – would share the fairways, the two playing fields in alternative groups. The fans would also share this same grass, which allowed them to walk behind the players, not just along the sides of the holes, as is traditional.

In 2013, the two fields competed for a prize of A $ 150,000 (about US $ 100,000), a figure that speaks volumes about the start of the business in the golf hierarchy. That is, it was very low in the hierarchy given that the smaller PGA Tour funds are $ 3 million and the LPGA Tour $ 1.3 million .

However, the players were fully present, the Victorian government fully supported and the sponsors were aware of the enthusiasm aroused by the fans and the media. At the same time last February, tournaments more than quadrupled the prize fund to A $ 650,000 each.

For golfers of the Australian Ladies Professional Tour, this was of course a considerable improvement. A tournament that had ceased to exist ten years earlier is now the second most lucrative circuit.

However, the demand for equal pay had also benefited the men, who were now competing in a fourth round of the calendar that not only had broken, but had also surpassed the barrier of 150,000 Australian dollars at which the vast majority of his tournament was stuck. It is difficult to see how such growth would have been achieved without the new format.

The unique state of the two tours – small, traditionally playing for modest scholarships – has facilitated the drive for equal pay and yet, as the tournament has expanded further in the past 12 months, the mandate did not change. the rewards continued to increase.

This week, the fields compete for $ 1.5 million, ten times more than in a decade. With the approval of European and LPGA Tours, we are witnessing an increase in the quality of the grounds and an exposure of this radical concept to the outside world.

Pernilla Lindberg won her first major championship in 2018, Inspiration ANA, and she plays this week a third time, encouraged to return by this unique atmosphere.

"It's just different," said the Swede. "Every day you look up, there are guys in front of you and guys in the group behind you. It's nice to show other great tours around the world that you can do something like this. "

Australia's Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open champion, added before Thursday's first round: "Two golf tournaments played at the same time, like the Australian Open, makes sense, does not it? not?

"The Vic Open is relevant to the world this week. People notice it because of price equality. It's a big problem. "