Fresh from a two week break in his native Chile after his first victory of the season, Felipe Aguilar, the Challenge Tour Number One, will resume his season at the OKI Mahou Challenge de España safe in the knowledge that he has secured promotion to The 2008 European Tour.
With earnings of €90,874 from a tremendously consistent year that has yielded one win – at the POSTBANK Challenge presented by Marcel Siem – and five other top five finishes, Aguilar is guaranteed a place in the top ten of the end of season Rankings.
Now able to play out the remainder of the Challenge Tour Schedule without any pressure, Aguilar can focus purely on retaining his position at the head of the Rankings, starting at the Golf Campo de Layos in Madrid this week.
“It feels great to know that I will be back on The European Tour next year,” said Aguilar, who won his Tour card at the 2005 Qualifying School but did not retain his playing privileges the following year.
“I have had a great season on the Challenge Tour, and it was good to finally win an event in Germany after coming so close on a few occasions.
“I always felt that I could win on the Challenge Tour, and the fact that it came at such a good time in the season made it even better for me. Now I will try and win the Rankings outright, but I will have to play well to do that.”
The €130,000 OKI Mahou Challenge de España, the seventh last event on the 2007 Challenge Tour Schedule, will feature many of the men trying to topple Aguilar at the business end of the Rankings.
England’s Robert Dinwiddie and Edoardo Molinari of Italy respectively fourth and seventh on the Challenge Tour Rankings will be looking to secure a magical third victory of the season that would see them win instant promotion to The European Tour.
Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera, second on the Rankings and technically the biggest threat to Aguilar’s Number One spot, will also be in action at the Golf Campo de Layos, hoping to secure a first win of an outstandingly consistent season that has seen the 22 year old finish in the top six or better on no less than eight occasions.