Ireland’s David Higgins made it three Challenge Tour wins in as many months when he raced away with the Rolex Trophy Pro-Am in Geneva. A closing round of 69 for a 17-under-par tally of 271 left Higgins four strokes clear of second-placed Carlos Larrain from Venezuela and five ahead of Fredrik Henge and Johan Rystrom from Sweden, and Pascal Edmond from France.
After an overnight storm, which made the course soft, the 22 players were greeted with a cloudy day and Higgins took full advantage to run in three birdies in his 69.
Having already confirmed his European Tour card for next year, Higgins was looking to extend his lead at the top of the Order of Merit and he did just that after picking up the top prize of 16,000 Swiss francs as well as a Rolex watch.
“I was happy with the way I played and with my amateur partners over all four days,” he said.
Larrain, seeking his first Challenge Tour victory, looked likely to offer stiff resistance but he slipped to a 73, while Henge could do no better than 72.
Johan Rystrom carded the best return of the day with a 68 which included a back nine of 32, while Edmond, winner of the Open de St Omer, finished with 70.
Joint sixth on 278 were England’s Shaun Webster, who also closed with a 69, Frenchman Gregory Havret, with 72, and Raimo Sjoberg from Sweden with 69.
Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara, fourth at the start of the day, crashed to a 78 for 283, while Mark Pilkington from Wales, carded the same score for 286.