Challenge Tour, Benjamin Follett-Smith wins



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Challenge Tour, Benjamin Follett-Smith wins

Excellent performance by Andrea Pavan, fourth with 275 (-13), and by Renato Paratore, 14th with 277 (-11), authors of a great comeback in the Bain's Whiskey Cape Town Open. first seasonal event of the Challenge Tour organized in collaboration with the Sunshine Tour and held on the course of the Royal Cape Golf Club (par 72), in Cape Town.

Benjamin Follett-Smith, a 28-year-old from Zimbabwe, won with 273 (68 68 67 70, -15), whose palmarès so far included a success in the same event (2019).

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Follett-Smith with a final lap in 70 (-2, four birdies, two bogeys) overtook the South African Jaco Van Zyl and the French Ugo Coussaud, second with 274 (-14).

Pavan was joined by the English Alfie Plant and the South African Martin Vorster and among the seven competitors in seventh position with 276 (-12) the South Africans Darren Fichardt, leader after three rounds with the winner, and Brandon Stone.

Andrea Pavan (72 71 67 65) started from 62nd place, passing from 42nd and 28th to then reach fourth with a 65 (an eagle, seven birdies, of which three to close and two bogeys), best partial of the day. Paratore (73 71 65 68) started from the 80th, passing through the 57th and 18th and then closing his run with a 68 (-4, five birdies, a bogey).

Four other Italians in the race: Francesco Laporta, 57th with 286 (-2), Matteo Manassero, 60th with 287 (-1), Lorenzo Gagli, 72nd with 294 (+6), and Lorenzo Scalise, 139th with 150 (+6), released by the cut. The winner was awarded a check for €50,899 out of a prize pool of around €324,000 ($350,000 the official figure).

The tour was introduced in 1986, when the national tours of Sweden, France and Italy became open to foreign players, and was initially called the Satellite Tour. The Order of Merit was introduced in 1989, with the top five players on it winning membership of the European Tour for the following season.

The following year the tour was renamed the Challenge Tour, a name already used in 1989. Up to 1993 the Challenge Tour rankings were based on each player's best several results, but since 1994 it has been a straightforward money list, with all results counting.

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