Thirteen of the leading 15 players on the Challenge Tour Rankings will compete in the annual Rolex Trophy Pro-Am in Geneva, Switzerland, this week, which carries an increased prize fund of 225,000 Swiss francs.
The invitational tournament will again be played at Golf Club de Geneve and the field is composed of the leading 33 players from the Rankings at August 8, plus three sponsor’s invitations.
Top-ranked Lee James, from England, has withdrawn after suffering a wrist injury so his nearest rival, Frenchman, Jean-François Lucquin, joint fourth in the North West of Ireland Open, has an opportunity to close the gap at the top.
The line-up also includes fellow Englishman John Morgan, who won the Charles Church Challenge Tour Championship at the end of last month. The other player from the top 15 not playing is England’s Iain Pyman who is playing in the Diageo Scottish PGA Championship.
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 schedule. It has been part of the Tour since its inception in 1989 and many of the past winners have gone on to secure their cards on The European Tour.
This year’s tournament, which will run along familiar lines with all four rounds played in a pro-am format, will see the winner receive 22,000 Swiss francs (£10,000 approx) plus a Rolex watch.