17.3 C
Dublin
Thursday, August 13, 2020
- Advertisement -

South African swing to tee off 2020 Challenge Tour season

Must read

You Give Love a Bad Name*

When passion boils over into anger, there's no excuse for taking your rage out on the golf course. Sadly, that's exactly what happened on the 17th green at North West GC recently

Hazeltine memories highlight the fervour and fanaticism of US supporters

Another year to wait but much to ponder in the interim; a Ryder Cup in America is no place for the fainthearted, be they European players or fans

Fast & Fascinating facts

More tidbits from around the world of golf including the one time Masters champ who not only correctly predicted his win but also his aggregate score

Cursed in Foxford and Puerto Rico

Some curses seem harder to break than others, whether you're a Mayo footballer chasing an All-Ireland title or a Puerto Rico champion sentenced to PGA Tour doom
The European Challenge Tour has announced that its 2020 International Schedule will begin with a maiden visit to South Africa for three tournaments which will launch the Road to Mallorca.

The trio of events will be co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and mark the beginning of the Road to Mallorca Rankings which will encompass a minimum of 25 tournaments in 15 countries, across three continents, playing for a total prize fund which exceeds €6,000,000.

Players will compete for one of 20 spots on the European Tour in 2021, an increase of five from the 2019 season, and that battle will begin at the Limpopo Championship at Euphoria Golf Club and Koro Creek Golf Club from January 30 – February 2, followed immediately by the RAM Cape Town Open from February 6-9 at Royal Cape Golf Club and King David Mowbray Golf Club.

The South African Swing will end with the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt Golf Estate from February 13-16, with the winner receiving a spot in the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind, Memphis, in July 2020.

Elsewhere, the Netherlands will return as a host country on the Challenge Tour for the first time since 2009 when the B-NL Challenge Trophy is staged from August 27-30.

Several long-running events will return in 2020 and the first European tournament on the Road to Mallorca will be the Prague Golf Challenge at Prague City Golf from May 7-10, before the Challenge de España takes place the following week.

May is rounded off with the Swiss Challenge at the picturesque Golf Sempach, Lucerne, which begins a run of nine events in consecutive weeks.

The Road to Mallorca visits the Czech Republic for the second time from June 4-7 for the D+D REAL Czech Challenge at Kaskáda Golf Resort in Brno, which is followed by the innovative Match Play 9, which returns for a fourth edition from June 11-14.

The Open de Golf des Hauts de France-Pas de Calais and the Italian Challenge make up the final two weeks of June, prior to the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge from July 2-5 where players will experience the world’s only par six at Penati Golf Resort.

Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge and the Euram Bank Open occupy mid-July spots in the schedule and are followed by back-to-back trips to Scandinavia for the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge from July 23-26 and Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA from August 12-15, with the latter moving to a new venue in Frederikshavn Golf Club, located in the north of the country.

The Rolex Trophy will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020 when the top 40 players on the Road to Mallorca Rankings tee it up in the Pro-Am format tournament at Golf Club de Genève, Switzerland, from August 19-22, before the B-NL Challenge Trophy rounds off August.

The Open de Bretagne and the Irish Challenge will take place in the first two weeks of September, before the Open du Portugal at Royal Óbidos enters a new chapter with the tournament being held at Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, Vau Óbidos.

The Seve Ballesteros-designed Portuguese course will be followed immediately by a trip to Golf International de Pont Royal in France for the third edition of the Hopps Open de Provence from September 24-27, meaning players will tackle layouts designed by the legendary Spaniard in successive weeks. The Road to Mallorca then returns to Africa for the Lalla Aïcha Challenge Tour in Morocco from October 1-4.

The 2020 season will have a similar feel as graduation time approaches. The prestigious Hainan Open and Foshan Open, both in China, will serve as the final two events before the Class of 2020 is solidified at the Challenge Tour Grand Final.

In 2019, the Challenge Tour Grand Final was held at Club de Golf Alcanada and the tournament will remain in Mallorca in 2020 but will move to T-Golf & Country Club, located in the south-east part of the island.

Once again, earnings from both the U.S. Open Championship and The Open Championship will count towards the Road to Mallorca Rankings, with players being awarded points equivalent to ten per cent of prize money won.

Alain de Soultrait, Director of the European Challenge Tour, said: “We are incredibly excited to announce our schedule for 2020, as we continue to break new ground globally.

“South Africa will become the 51st country the Challenge Tour has visited when we co-sanction three consecutive events with the Sunshine Tour, which shows the global nature of our tour, and we are equally as delighted to be returning to the Netherlands for the B-NL Challenge in August.

“We have witnessed a number of standout performances from our graduates on the European Tour this year, with three players from the Class of 2018 tasting victory and Robert MacIntyre, our Graduate of the Year, finishing in 11th place on the Race to Dubai. It is imperative we have another strong schedule of events to prepare our players for what they can expect on the European Tour.

“Our valued relationship with the Federación Balear de Golf continues to go from strength-to-strength following the inaugural Road to Mallorca this year and after experiencing an excellent first Challenge Tour Grand Final at Club de Golf Alcanada, we are thrilled to be returning to the island and specifically T-Golf & Country Club for this year’s final event.

“We must extend special thanks to the national federations, promoters, sponsors and partners. Without their continued support the Challenge Tour would not exist, let alone thrive and grow as it currently does.

“Finally, we wish the very best of luck to all our members and an enjoyable season to all our fans.”

   

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR SCHEDULE 2020

 

 
DATES TOURNAMENTS VENUES Prize Fund
FEBRUARY 30 – 2 Limpopo Championship * Euphoria GC & Koro Creek GC, Modimolle, South Africa US$ 250,000
6 – 9 RAM Cape Town Open* Royal Cape GC & King David Mowbray GC, Cape Town, South Africa US$ 250,000
13 – 16 Dimension Data Pro-Am* Fancourt Estate, George, South Africa US$ 340,000
20 – 23      
MARCH           27 – 1      
APRIL           2 – 5      
9 – 12      
16 – 19      
23 – 26      
MAY                   30 – 3      
7 – 10 Prague Golf Challenge Prague City Golf, Prague, Czech Republic 205,000 €
14 – 17 Challenge de España Venue-TBA 200,000 €
21 – 24      
28 – 31 Swiss Challenge Golf Sempach, Lucerne, Switzerland 185,000 €
JUNE               4 – 7 D+D REAL Czech Challenge Kaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic 205,000 €
11 – 14 Match Play 9 Venue-TBA, Spain 200,000 €
18 – 21 Open de Golf des Hauts de France-Pas de Calais Aa Saint Omer GC, Lumbres, France 190,000 €
25 – 28 Italian Challenge Venue -TBA 300,000 €
JULY                     2 – 5 D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge Penati Golf Resort, Senica, Slovakia 205,000 €
9 – 12 Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil, Le Vaudreuil, France 210,000 €
16 – 19 Euram Bank Open GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria 185,000 €
23 – 26 Vierumäki Finnish Challenge Vierumäki Resort, Vierumäki, Finland 200,000 €
AUGUST      30 – 2      
6 – 9      
12 – 15 (WED-SAT) Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA Frederikshavn GC, Frederikshavn, Denmark

 

 

200,000 €

 

 

19 – 22

(WED-SAT)

Rolex Trophy Golf Club de Genève, Genève, Switzerland 290,000 €

 

27 – 30 B-NL Challenge Trophy Venue-TBA, The Netherlands 250,000 €
SEPTEMBER 3 – 6 Open de Bretagne Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val Andre, Pléneuf, France 200,000 €
10 – 13 Irish Challenge Venue -TBC 220,000 €
17 – 20 Open du Portugal at Royal Óbidos Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, Vau Óbidos, Portugal 200,000 €
24 – 27 Hopps Open de Provence Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France 200,000 €
OCTOBER     1 – 4 Lalla Aïcha Challenge Tour Venue-TBA, Morocco 200,000 €
8 – 11      
15 – 18 Hainan Open Venue-TBA, Hainan Island, China US$ 350,000
22 – 25 Foshan Open Foshan GC, Nanhai District, Foshan, Guangzhou, China US$ 500,000
NOVEMBER 29 – 1      
5 – 8 Challenge Tour Grand Final T-Golf & Country Club, Mallorca, Spain 440,000 €

 

New Gear

Looks like a Mallet, Feels like a Blade, Forgives like a Spider

TaylorMade’s latest short-stick, the Spider FCG boasts a forward centre of gravity designed for golfers seeking the forgiveness of a mallet with the feel of a blade

TaylorMade dial it in even further with new iron additions

TaylorMade fans rejoice as the company announces additions to the Series of P700 Irons with the all-new P7MB, P7MC and P770 offerings

Special edition Tiger wedge added to Taylormade’s MG2 line-up

TaylorMade Golf Company has lifted the curtain on a limited edition Tiger Woods wedge; a club milled for precision and played by a champion

Versatility comes easy with TaylorMade’s new utility irons

The latest SIM UDI and SIM DHY deliver a new level of versatility to TaylorMade’s utility irons category sure to improve any player's game

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Sam’s the man at Irish Boys in Thurles

Portumna’s Sam Murphy captured the Irish Boys title in style with a final round 65 (-7) to give him an eight stroke victory on 12-under par.

Clubs urged to join the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign

The sun may not have shone too often this summer but UV rays remain a constant source of harm that golfers should be protecting themselves against

Johnson honoured with PGA Tour’s Payne Stewart Award

In acknowledgement of his character, sportsmanship and dedication to charitable giving, Zach Johnson has been named the recipient of the PGA Tour’s Payne Stewart Award

Howard and Eivers share the spoils at Cahir Park

Jack Howard and home player, Paul Eivers shared top spot after firing superb six-under par 65s at the latest Irish PGA event, the Cahir Park Pro-Am

Maguire set for Tour return at Ladies Scottish Open

Leona Maguire makes her eagerly-anticipated return to competition this week as the LPGA Tour and the LET touch down for the Ladies Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club