The €200,000 Rolex Trophy at Golf Club de Genève will pit the leading 33 players on the Challenge Tour against one another for four days of golf that could have a massive say in the future career paths of those taking part.
This point was perfectly illustrated last year when Scotland’s Marc Warren beat Englishman Denny Lucas in a play-off to land the prestigious title and jump into the top ten on the Challenge Tour Rankings for the first time all year.
That double fillip gave Warren such a confidence boost that he closed out the final three weeks of the season with third place at the dual ranking Abama Open de Canarias and second spot in the season-ending Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, the latter result sealing his place as the 2005 Challenge Tour Number One.
From this lofty position the young Scotsman was able to tackle his maiden season on The European Tour in the knowledge that when the pressure was on, he possessed both the mental strength and the skill level to see him through – attributes that brought him his first European Tour victory at the recent EnterCard Scandinavian Masters.
The sight of last year’s Challenge Tour Number One defeating 2006 Ryder Cup hopeful Robert Karlsson of Sweden in a play-off should provide all the necessary inspiration for the field at this week’s Rolex Trophy in the Swiss city of Genève.
The Rolex Trophy runs on a Pro-Am format from Thursday to Sunday, with the cut made after 54 holes. The top 33 players on the Challenge Tour Rankings plus three invites will contest the €200,000 prize fund.