The elite of the European Challenge Tour will this week head to Switzerland for the Trophée du Golf Club de Genève.
The format of the unique event is similar to that of the Rolex Trophy, which listed European Tour Members Robert Dinwiddie of England, Sweden’s Alexander Noren and Scotland’s Marc Warren amongst its former winners.
Like its predecessor, the Trophée du Golf Club de Genève will feature the top 32 in the Challenge Tour Rankings – plus four invited players – competing for a €210,000 prize fund, the sixth largest on this season’s Schedule.
The Rankings are currently headed by two time winner David Horsey of England, who will bid to become the first player to gain automatic promotion to The European Tour with three victories on the Challenge Tour in the same season.
Horsey is just €2,009 ahead of his compatriot Seve Benson in the Rankings, with Italy’s Alessandro Tadini – who finished tied third at the Lexus Open in Norway last week – in third place on €65,362.
Tadini was joined in third place at the Lexus Open by England’s Richard Bland, whose fine run of recent results – which included a runner-up finish at the Challenge of Ireland presented by Glasson – has propelled him to 11th place in the Rankings.
Bland also finished in the top ten on the Challenge Tour’s last visit to Switzerland, at the Credit Suisse Challenge.
The winner of that event was Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello, who will be joined at Golf Club de Genève by 15 fellow champions on this season’s Challenge Tour.
Making only his fourth Challenge Tour appearance of the season is Sweden’s Christian Nilsson, who collected €55,550 for his runner-up finish at the dual ranking SAINT-OMER Open presented by NEUFLIZE OBC.