The Challenge Tour competitions will resume from 19 to 22 May, this week for a historic appointment. The Challenge de España made its first appearance on the then "European Tour" calendar in 1999, when Spaniard Carl Suneson won the inaugural event.
Challenge Tour, Spain
Many of the event's winners have achieved great milestones in golf, but none more so than the one who triumphed in 2013: Brooks Koepka. The American, who won the 2013 edition of the Challenge de España in "La Gomera", went on to win 4 majors at the age of 30.
Among the most recent winners of the event, however, are Frenchmen Victor Perez and Antoine Rozner, both of whom passed the DP World Tour, as well as the "home" champion Santiago Tarrio, who won last year's event in Cadiz before to move on to the major Tour at the end of the year.
On the pitch, for a prize pool of 250,000 euros, we will see seven Italians lined up: Enrico Di Nitto, Federico Maccari0, Stefano Mazzoli, Lorenzo Scalise, Matteo Manassero, Aron Zemmer and Jacopo Vecchi Fossa. The Challenge Tour is the second-tier men's professional golf tour in Europe.
It is operated by the PGA European Tour and, as with on the main European Tour and the European Senior Tour, some of the events are played outside Europe. World ranking points are awarded for high finishes in Challenge Tour events.
Most Challenge Tour events give 12 OWGR points to the winner, with those co-sanctioned by the European Tour earning 18 points. The Challenge Tour Grand Final gives 17 points to the winner. In 2014, a number of events received slightly higher points totals, with three events earning a minimum of 13 points and the Challenge Tour Grand Final winner receiving 17 points, up from 16.