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What is the Challenge Tour?

What is the Challenge Tour?

The European Challenge Tour is where the next generation of golf's superstars find their feet.

Francesco Laporta double winner

Since its inception in 1987, it has developed into a proven training ground, where the champions-in-waiting battle worldwide to make it to the end-of-season Grand Final and gain a potentially life-changing card for the European Tour.

Many players have progressed from the Challenge Tour and gone on to become Major Champions – including Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen – and Ryder Cup stars, such as Ian Poulter, Thomas Pieters and Tommy Fleetwood.

Stenson photo

Today, the Challenge Tour encompasses a minimum of 22 tournaments across three continents during a season.

Using its vast international schedule and relationships with golf federations and PGAs, it is widely accessible to professionals from across the globe, giving players from developing golfing nations the opportunity to test their skill among some of the most talented up and coming stars in world golf.

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.