Since its inception in 1987, the European Challenge Tour has developed into a proven training ground, where the champions-in-waiting battle worldwide in Europe, Africa and Asia to make it to the Challenge Tours’ end of season Grand Final and to gain one of those life changing Top 15 cards to the European Tour.
Scores of players have progressed through the Challenge Tour and gone on to become champions and Ryder Cup legends; Thomas Björn, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Edoardo Molinari, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen, to name but a few.
Under the Directorship of Alain de Soultrait and headquarters administration of Jose Maria Zamora, Sally Stewart, Tara Bickers and Simon Nuvoletta, the Challenge Tour has achieved remarkable growth over the last 25 years.
Today, the European Challenge Tour carries a total prize fund in the region of €6million during a season of 26 tournaments and visiting 18 countries.
Using its vast international schedule and relationships with golf Federations and PGAs, it is widely accessible to professionals from across the globe.
The no-frills competition is fierce, testing playing ability and character to the limit, it can, at times, be a stern examination, but those who do make the grade know that the chance of fame and fortune awaits.