Four Irish set to tee it up as Alps Tour returns in Toledo

Mark McGowan

Ronan Mullarney (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images)

Ronan Mullarney, Paul McBride, James Sugrue and Paul Murphy are among the 132 players set to tee it up as the Alps Tour returns from an eight-week hiatus at the 2023 Alps de Las Castillas being held at the beautiful Palomarejos Golf Club in Toledo.

Mullarney arrives high on confidence having beaten Padraig Harrington in the recent Hilary Links outing at The Island – albeit on countback – and after a strong opener in Egypt back in February, will be keen to build his way towards the Challenge Tour cards on offer for the leaders on the Order of Merit.

The Galway man is currently 12th in the rankings, with Malahide’s McBride lying 24th and former British Amateur champion Sugrue back in 53rd with two events in the bank so far.


Both of this season’s winners and current leaders of the Order of Merit will headline the field; Jack Floydd, winner of the 2023 Ein Bay Open and Quim Vidal, winner of the 2023 Red Sea Little Venice Open.

In addition, all of the players who are currently in the top 10 of the Order of Merit rank except for Marc Sabria, in 8th place, will be competing this week. After the first two events of the season, Spain’s Quim Vidal leads the way with an 801 point advantage over England’s Jack Floydd who has an 1,807.50 point advantage over Netherland’s Davey Porsius, rounding out the top 3 spots.

Another two players to follow this week after their positive start to this season are: Spain’s Manuel Morugán, winner of the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open and Jacobo Pastor, winner of the 2020 Alps de Las Castillas.

Notable players who previously won this event include Victor Perez in 2016 who is now a winner on the DP World Tour.

The 132 players scheduled to compete this week represent 16 different nationalities. The field is made up of 119 professional players and 13 amateurs.

Furthermore, the players will contend for a prize fund of € 40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The winner of the 11thedition of the Alps de Las Castillas, will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points. The format of the tournament is a 54 holes stroke play and a cut will be made after 36 holes.

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