Challenge Tour announces 2023 global schedule

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The European Challenge Tour has announced its global 2023 Road to Mallorca schedule, featuring a record overall prize fund and a minimum of 29 tournaments, staged across three continents in 18 different countries.

Players will compete for total prize money of €8,200,000 on the 2023 Road to Mallorca, which will begin with the Bain’s Whisky Cape Town Open in February, the first of four co-sanctioned events with the Sunshine Tour in South Africa.

The Irish Challenge returns to the schedule from July 27-30, though no venue has been confirmed for the €250,000 event.

India returns as a host country for the first time since 2013 with two events in March, the Duncan Taylor Black Bull Challenge followed by The Challenge presented by KGA.

The Challenge Tour also returns to the United Arab Emirates in April for the first time since 2018 with back-to-back events, including the Abu Dhabi Challenge, as part of the European Tour group’s long-term partnership with the Emirates Golf Federation.

The Challenge Tour will head to Spain in May for the Challenge de España, which will kick-start a run of 20 tournaments in 22 weeks and see the Road to Mallorca travel through 15 countries in Europe, including Italy for the Italian Challenge at Golf Nazionale, the venue which will then host the first two days of the 2023 Junior Ryder Cup in September.

The 2023 season will conclude with the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A, at Club de Golf Alcanada from November 2-5, as the top 45 players on the Rankings battle it out for one of the life changing 20 DP World Tour cards.

Those 20 players who benefit from this formal pathway to the DP World Tour will then be eligible for the DP World Tour’s Earnings Assurance Programme, guaranteeing them minimum earnings of $150,000 for the 2024 season if they play in 15 or more events.

The top five graduates will also benefit from the John Jacobs Bursary, similarly designed to provide security and a strong platform for their first season on the European Tour group’s top tier.

Jamie Hodges, Head of Challenge Tour, said: “Our expansive global schedule gives our members the opportunity to play for a record total prize fund and benefit from our formal pathway to the DP World Tour, as we continue to provide an incredible platform for the next generation of golf’s superstars.

“I would like to thank the integral support of our promoters, national federations, and tournament sponsors, who have helped make this possible. The fact that 20 of our current national federations and promoters have extended their support through to next year is testament to their commitment and the strength of our Tour heading into 2023.

“We are also very grateful for the commitment of Rolex, The R&A, and DP World through their title partnership of the DP World Tour, all of whom have helped us to provide this comprehensive global schedule for some of the brightest talents in world golf.”

In 2022, 25 former Challenge Tour players won on the DP World Tour – including 2021 graduates Ewen Ferguson and Yannik Paul, while five finished inside the top ten on the DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex. Sean Crocker became the 200th former Challenge Tour player to win on the DP World Tour when he secured a wire-to-wire victory at the Hero Open, while the total number of wins by Challenge Tour alumni is now 544.

The full 2023 Road to Mallorca International Schedule can be viewed below or by clicking here

Date Tournament Venue Prize fund
February 2-5 Bain’s Whisky Cape Town Open Royal Cape Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa $350,000
February 9-12 Dimension Data Pro-Am Fancourt Golf Estate, George, South Africa ZAR 7,000,000
February 16-19 SDC Open Zebula Golf Estate & Spa, Limpopo, South Africa $350,000
February 23-26 Nelson Mandela Bay Championship Humewood Golf Club, Port Elizabeth, South Africa $350,000
March 23-26 Duncan Taylor Black Bull Challenge Karnataka Golf Association, Bangalore, India $300,000
March 28–31 The Challenge presented by KGA Karnataka Golf Association, Bangalore, India $300,000
April 27-30 Abu Dhabi Challenge Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE $300,000
May 4-7 UAE Event Confirmed TBC, UAE $300,000
May 11-14 Challenge de España TBC, Spain €250,000
May 18-21 B-NL Challenge Trophy TBC, Netherlands €250,000
May 25-28 Copenhagen Challenge Royal Golf Club, Copenhagen, Denmark €250,000
June 1-4 D+D REAL Czech Challenge Panorama Golf Resort, Kácov, Czech Republic €250,000
June 8-11 Andalucía Challenge de Cádiz Iberostar Real Golf Novo Sancti Petri, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain €250,000
June 15-18 Kaskáda Golf Challenge                      Kaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic €250,000
June 22-25 Open de Bretagne Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André, Pléneuf, France €270,000
June 29 – July 2 Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil, Le Vaudreuil, France €260,000
July 6-9 Italian Challenge Open Golf Nazionale, Viterbo, Italy €350,000
July 13-16 Euram Bank Open GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria €250,000
July 20-23 Big Green Egg German Challenge powered by VCG Wittelsbacher Golfclub, Neuburg an der Donau, Germany €250,000
July 27-30 Irish Challenge TBC, Ireland €250,000
August 3-6 British Challenge St. Mellion Estate, Cornwall, England £230,000
August 10-13 Farmfoods Scottish Challenge supported by The R&A Newmachar Golf Club, Aberdeenshire, Scotland £230,000
August 17-20 Vierumäki Finnish Challenge Vierumäki Resort, Vierumäki, Finland €250,000
August 24-27 Dormy Open Askersunds Golfklubb, Åmmeberg, Sweden €250,000
August 31 – September 3 Indoor Golf Group Challenge Landeryds Golfklubb – Vesterby, Brokind, Sweden €250,000
September 14-17 Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, Vau Óbidos, Portugal €250,000
September 21-24 Swiss Challenge Golf Saint Apollinaire, Folgensbourg, France €250,000
October 5-8 Hopps Open de Provence Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France €260,000
November 2-5 Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A Club de Golf Alcanada, Mallorca, Spain €500,000

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