This week is another double-header on the Challenge Tour with the Norwegian Open taking place at Sorknes Golf Club at the same time as the BMW Russian Open. It is the first time the event is being played at the 6,676-yards course and the field includes two of the season’s champions.
Swede’s Paul Nilbrink, winner of the Volvo Finnish Open, and Per G Nyman, winner of the NCC Open in Sweden, head the challenge this week in the field made of 60% Challenge Tour players and 40% National. Per Magnebrandt and Thomas Nielsen, both Challenge Tour winners in 1998, and Pauli Hughes, whose best finish was second last year, are also in the starting line-up.
Last year the event was won by England’s Gary Emerson, who after finishing 25 in the Challenge Tour Rankings, went on the regain his regular Tour card through the Qualifying School. Earlier this month he finished in joint sixth place in the Smurfit European Open.
Sorknes Golf Club is a new venue of the Norwegian Open in the tournaments sixth year, following previous events at Borre and Oslo.