The European Challenge Tour was first established in 1989.
The first winner of the Challenge Tour Rankings was England's Neal Briggs.
Since that first season many of the world's finest players have competed on what is now widely considered to be Europe's top developmental tour: Thomas Bjørn (1995), Justin Rose (1999), Ian Poulter (1999), Henrik Stenson (2000), Louis Oosthuizen (2003), Tommy Fleetwood (2011) and Brooks Koepka (2013), are all former Challenge Tour players.
The top 15 on the Road to Mallorca at the end of the season all earn promotion to the European Tour.
The winner of the Road to Mallorca Rankings receives a Silver Salver (first awarded in 2009), and Category 13 membership of the European Tour.
The Road to Mallorca is a season-long competition spanning 25 tournaments in 17 countries, which culminates at the Club de Golf Alcanada on the Balearic island of Mallorca.