England’s Seve Benson returns to action at The Dubliner Challenge in Sweden looking to extend his lead at the top of the European Challenge Tour Rankings and claim his third win of the season.
With second placed David Horsey not in action this week, Benson has the chance to forge ahead of his compatriot prior to the big money events in China and Kazakhstan, which will go a long way towards deciding the final composition of the Challenge Tour top 20 and guaranteed graduation on to The European Tour.
Victory at Hills Golf Club, Gothenburg, would see Benson become the first player to win three times in a season and, under the new regulations which came into effect in 2005, qualify instantly for The European Tour.
The Wentworth player followed his victory at the Piemonte Open in May with a win in his last outing at the Ypsilon Golf Challenge by Alex Cejka a fortnight ago, where he defeated Rafael Cabrera Bello of Spain and South Africa’s Branden Grace in a play-off.
That triumph saw him leapfrog Horsey to lead the Rankings and all but seal the 21 year old’s place on The European Tour next season. With just seven events left in 2008 the race is now on to see who tops the Rankings at the end of the season.
Australian Andrew Tampion, who is on the fringes of the top 20, is also in the field as he chases his second win of the season, following his victory at the Challenge of Ireland presented by Glasson.
The inaugural Dubliner Challenge is the second part of the Challenge Tour’s double-header in Scandinavia, following the ECCO Tour Championship last week, and there will once again be a strong home contingent.
Sweden’s Christian Nilsson, who finished runner up behind winner David Dixon at the SAINT-OMER OPEN presented by NEUFLIZE OBC, will chase vital prize money as he attempts to return to the top ten on the Rankings.
Compatriot Fredrik Henge will look to carry forward the form that saw him at the top of the leaderboard after the first two rounds of the ECCO Tour Championship in neighbouring Denmark last week.
Henge, who last week commuted by train over the border from his home in Malmo to Copenhagen, will once again be in familiar surroundings as he continues his rehabilitation from a back injury that has blighted his past two seasons.
The field will compete for a share of the €140,000 prize fund over the 7,169 yard par 71 course which is 10km south of central Gothenburg.