Christophe Pottier of France became the 14th first time winner on this year’s Challenge Tour when he won the Skandia PGA Open at Bokskogen in Sweden.
The 30 year old from Paris closed with a round of 70 for a 16 under par tally of 272, a shot clear of Joakim Rask and three ahead of another Swede, Bjorn Pettersson, both of whom signed for 66.
Pottier’s victory not only meant a cheque for 14,300 euro, but was a welcome relief after he had finished runner-up on four occasions in recent years.
It also hoists him into 35th place on the Challenge Tour rankings.
Pettersson’s third place was his highest Challenge Tour finish, while Johan Annerfelt from Sweden and Finland’s Pasi Purhonen also achieved their best tour results in joint fourth spot on 277.
Australia’s Grant Dodd, who returned to action a few weeks ago after undergoing surgery back home, showed his form is improving by finishing joint 10th on 280, while England’s Sam Little also closed with 66 to climb to joint 27th.