Michael Jonzon fired his third consecutive 67 to secure victory in the Rolex Trophy with a 21 under par total of 267 – the lowest winning total in the 21 year history of the tournament.
The 31 year old Swede finished three ahead of Austrian Martin Wiegele to pick up his second career victory on the European Challenge Tour, following his first place finish at the Galeria Kaufhof Pokal Challenge earlier this year.
“I’m really happy to have won,” said Jonzon, whose win makes him the second Swedish multiple winner of 2003, following Johan Edfors (Stanbic Zambia Open and Fortis Challenge Open) while registering the fifth Swedish victory on the 2003 Challenge Tour.
“I played really well all week and was consistent throughout the tournament – starting with a 66 on the first day and then carding three 67s in a row which was very satisfying.”
Jonzon moves back into the coveted top 15 of the Challenge Tour rankings after picking up his first prize of €17,000. The top 15 players at the end of the season will gain automatic entry to The European Tour International Schedule 2004.
“This win has put in a great position on the Rankings,” Jonzon said. “I wouldn’t say I have done enough to have secured my Tour card for next season, but it is good to know that I am playing well at this stage of the year.
“I can look forward with a bit of confidence now, and hopefully I can get into the top five before the end of the season. You have to always look forward and get as high up the rankings as possible in order to secure as good a ranking as possible for next year.”
José Manuel Carriles from Spain, Peter Gustafsson of Sweden and Englishman Richard McEvoy were all tied for third on 17 under par following their rounds of 69, 69 and 65.
That 65 from McEvoy was the lowest score of the day but it was matched by a further four of his Challenege Tour colleagues, namely, Edfors, Jamie Elson, Garry Houston and Martin Lemesurier in perfect conditions at the par 72 Golf Club de Geneve.