James Allan will tee it up on the European Challenge Tour in 2023 after winning the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Order of Merit in 2022.
The 28-year-old won the Tour’s season-ending Matchroom Tour Championship at Lough Erne Resort to capture his third victory of the season and cement his position at the top of the Rankings, subsequently earning his 2023 Challenge Tour playing rights.
Allan, who became the highest annual earner in the EuroPro Tour’s history, will be joined on the Challenge Tour in 2023 by fellow graduates Michael Stewart of Scotland, Northern Irishman Dermot McElroy, Welshman Jack Davidson and England’s Josh Hilleard.
Unfortunately, after 20 years developing some of Europe’s most promising talents, the PGA EuroPro Tour came to an end in 2022. The five 2022 graduates will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Ryder Cup players Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrell Hatton who have gone on to achieve great success on the DP World Tour since their graduation to the Challenge Tour from the EuroPro Tour.
More recently Englishmen Daniel Brown and John Parry, who graduated from the Euro Pro Tour in 2021, achieved back-to-back promotions as both men secured their DP World Tour cards for 2023. Parry finished in a tie for second at the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A to catapult 17 places into the top 20 on the Road to Mallorca Rankings to earn promotion to the European Tour group’s top tier, while Brown finished third at the Final Stage of DP World Tour Qualifying School.