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Friday, 19 March 2010
The Challenge Tour makes its second visit to Finland within three weeks with the Finnish Masters at Espoo.

Earlier this month Paul Nilbrink of Sweden completed his maiden tour victory when he took the Volvo Finnish Open after a sudden death playoff against Gustavo Rojas of Argentina, which went to three holes.

Both Nilbrink and Rojas are among a group of 13 current Challenge Tour winners at Espoo while the field will be one of the strongest so far this year when the tournament gets underway on Thursday.

Carl Suneson of Spain, currently No.1 on the Challenge Tour rankings, will be looking to consolidate his position as he views a return to the European Tour. The man from Las Palmas is over £3,500 ahead of second-placed Rojas while everyone in the leading 15 positions will be competing this week.

Justin Rose, the 18-year-old English professional, who finished fourth in the Diners Club Austrian Open in June, his maiden Challenge Tour appearance, is also in action.

Last year, Italy's Massimo Scarpa carded a closing 69 for a 17-under-par total of 271 to finish a shot ahead of Christopher Hanell of Sweden, the overnight leader, who returned 71.

The pair were level playing the 72nd hole but a par was good enough for Scarpa as Hanell bogeyed. But both were to finish in the top 15 at the end of the season to gain their tour cards along with England's John Bickerton and another Swede, Per Nyman, who were joint third on 276.

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