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Wednesday, 23 August 2000
The Challenge Tour makes its third visit of the year to Switzerland this week when an invited field of 36 players contest the Rolex Trophy Pro-Am at Golf Club de Geneve.

The field is composed of the leading 36 players from the Challenge Tour Rankings at 10 August, which was the first day of the Finnish Masters. However, five of that number have opted not to accept a place, so their places have gone to those next on the list.

Top-ranked David Higgins, from Ireland, is in the field and will be hoping to extend his lead over his nearest rival, Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who is decided to play in the Scottish PGA Championship at Gleneagles instead. However, the talented field does include all of this season's 14 tournament winners, apart from Stenson.

The Rolex Trophy, which is played at the exquisite Geneva club with majestic views over the lake of the same name, is one of the oldest tournaments on the Challenge Tour. It has been part of the tour since it's inception in 1989 and many of the past winners have gone on to secure their cards on the main Tour.

In that first year, American Ronald Stelten was the winner and he repeated his victory three years later. In between, Ireland's John McHenry took the title followed by David R Jones.

English players won again in 1993 through Philip Golding and a year later with Stuart Little. Carl Suneson, from Spain, took the title in 1995 followed by Dennis Edlund of Sweden and Anssi Kankkonen of Finland three years ago. David Park from Wales finished top in 1998 while a year ago, Suneson claimed his second Rolex victory by five shots from Sweden's Adam Mednick.

This year's tournament, which will run along familiar lines with all four rounds played in a pro-am format, is worth 150,000 Swiss francs, around £60,000, with the winner receiving 16,000 Swiss francs plus a Rolex watch. Anyone lowering the course record of 63 will also receive a watch.

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