It is business as usual for the European Challenge Tour this weekend at the Skandia PGA Open at Arlandastad Golf Club, Stockholm, Sweden, as the race for the top 15 places on the Rankings intensifies with just eight events of the 2004 season remaining.
Following last week’s two events, the Norwegian Challenge Open and the Rolex Trophy, the Challenge Tour Members will be concentrating solely on Sweden and the fourth Skandia PGA Open to be featured on the schedule.
England’s Philip Archer and Irishman Stephen Browne, meanwhile, will be hoping to maintain their confidence after their respective wins in the Rolex Trophy and the Norwegian Challenge Open last week.
Archer won the Pro-Am tournament at the Golf Club de Genève by five strokes from his fellow countryman Lee Slattery, while Browne won by three from Sweden’s Oskar Bergman and the English duo of Denny Lucas and Mark Sanders at the Vestfold Golf Club.
Last year’s Skandia PGA Open saw South African Titch Moore eagle the 72nd hole at Falsterbo Golf Club to take the title by two shots, and he will be at Arlandastad to defend his crown, alongside 14 of this season’s Challenge Tour winners.
Moore should expect a strong Swedish challenge for his title, with the likes of Johan Axgren, Peter Gustafsson, Fredrik Henge, Michael Lundberg, Henrik Nystrom and Leif Westerberg all harbouring hopes of catching the current Challenge Tour Number One, Italy’s Alessandro Tadini, at the top of the Rankings.
Tadini currently tops the money list with €87,949, with Westerberg in second with €61,354. With eight events remaining on the 2004 Challenge Tour Schedule there is sure to be dramatic movement among the top players as the season builds to a climax.