This week is another double header on the Challenge Tour, starting with the Formby Hall Challenge on Wednesday.
Many of the leading players on the Challenge Tour are in action on Merseyside as the race to finish in the top 15 begins to near its end. With only six tournaments left after this week everyone is looking for a strong finish to the season.
Australian Lucas Parsons is the highest placed player in the field as he searches for his third victory of the season. Welshman Bradley Dredge, winner of the Is Molas Challenge in June, is one place further down the rankings in fifth place and will be looking to consolidate his position among the top 15.
Iain Pyman moved into the top ten in the Rankings with his victory in the BMW Russian Open, the last Challenge Tour event, and starts this week among the favourites for the title. Greig Hutcheon, who smashed the course record at the Moscow Country Club with a first round 63 before finishing third, is back in action on the Challenge Tour after his strong performance in Scotland last week.
The Formby Hall Challenge replaces the Mastercard Challenge of 1998, won by Robert Lee with a closing 66 at Princes Golf Club for a total of 277. The event, with a 70,000 euro prize fund, is being played at Formby Hall for the first time.