Joel Girrbach finished Sunday's Swiss Challenge in Saint Apollinaire in the top 30. After a difficult third round the day before, the man from Thurgau finished the tournament with the same result as on Thursday and Friday (-2).
With three birdies and one bogey, he improved to rank 28 (-2) and was classified in the top 30 on the Challenge Tour for the sixth time in a row.
Joel Girrbach, Top 30
Joel Girrbach, who currently sits 64th on the Order of Merit, will try to qualify for the grand final in early November, which is reserved for the top 45 players of the season, in the coming weeks.
Despite his missed cut at the Swiss Challenge, Benjamin Rusch still belongs to this group as 40th. Mathias Eggenberger and Daniel Gurtner will return to the Alps Tour on Wednesday with a positive experience. In Saint Apollinaire they were among the three Swiss who survived the cut.
With cards of 73, 71, 72 and 75, Mathias Eggenberger finished 47th (+3). Daniel Gurtner was 57th (+8) after a contrasting week with two difficult days and two good results on Friday (-4) and Sunday (-1). The winner of the Swiss Challenge 2022 is the Australian Daniel Hillier (-14).
The 24-year-old clinched his second career win on the Challenge Tour largely with a superb final loop (-8 with 10 birdies!). With 68 strokes (4 under par) on the first tournament day, 70 strokes (2 under par) on the second day and a par round on Saturday, Daniel Hillier was consistently in the top 5 of the Swiss Challenge Ranking.
But the top field was close together, so it was an exciting final day. With a round of 64 (8 under par) - the best round of the tournament - Hillier proved his will to win. With a total of 274 strokes and two strokes ahead of Frenchman Jeong weon Ko, the 24-year-old New Zealander took the win.
With the win at the Swiss Challenge, Hillier now moves into the top 20 (13th place) in the Challenge Tour overall standings and is likely to be promoted to the DP World Tour next season. The Challenge Tour is the second tier men's professional golf tour in Europe.
It is run by the PGA European Tour and, as on the main European Tour and the European Senior Tour, some events take place outside of Europe.