Since its inception in 1987, the European Challenge Tour has developed into a proven training ground, where the golfing champions-in-waiting do battle across the globe to make it to the end-of-season Grand Final and gain a potentially life-changing card for the European Tour.
Dozens of players have progressed from the Challenge Tour and gone on to become Major Champions, including Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen; and Ryder Cup stars, such as Thomas Björn, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.
Under the directorship of Alain de Soultrait and the headquarters administration of José Maria Zamora, Sally Stewart, Tara Bickers and Simon Nuvoletta, the Challenge Tour has achieved remarkable growth over the last 25 years.
Today, the Challenge Tour carries a total prize fund in the region of €6million during a season encompassing 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 competition is fierce, testing players’ ability and character to the limit. At times, it can be a stern examination, but those who do make the grade know that the chance of fame and fortune awaits.