Italgolf is pursuing its third consecutive success on the Challenge Tour. In Spain, after the first round of the Andalucía Challenge de Cádiz, Filippo Celli leads the standings with a score of 63 (-9) shots together with the Englishman Sam Hutsby.
On the course of the Iberostar Real Golf Novo Sancti Petri (par 72) in Cadiz, the Roman (starting from the 10th hole) scored an eagle and eight birdies, with a bogey. After the exploits of Matteo Manassero (good start in Spain, he is 8/o with 67, -5) in Denmark and Andrea Pavan in the Czech Republic (difficult start for him in Cadiz, he is 152/o with 78, +6 ), the Azzurri dream of the trio.
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While on the DP World Tour, in Sweden and in the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed, Renato Paratore started the race on the right foot. The Capitoline, 18/o with 69 (-3), scored four birdies in Stockholm, with a bogey, and after the 18 opening holes he is four strokes away from the top shared with 65 (-7) by the German Yannik Paul and the Danish Niklas Norgaard.
In the mixed event, which sees 78 men and as many women compete on equal terms, the best proette is currently the Thai Trichat Cheenglab, third with 66 (-6). The Challenge Tour is a golf tour organized by the organization PGA European Tour.
It is on a par with the European Tour, and players who succeed qualify for it. Points are awarded to the world ranking in golf for good results in some of the tournaments on the Challenge tour. The tour was introduced in 1986 and was originally called the Satellite Tour.
The ranking was introduced in 1989, where the top five ranked players gained membership in the European Tour the following season. The following year, the tour was renamed the Challenge tour. Until 1993 the ranking was based on the individual player's several best results, but since 1994 there has been a normal money ranking where all results count.
In 2008, the total prize money was 6,017,393 Euro. Players with good results on the Challenge Tour qualify for membership on the European Tour the following season. Those who are in the top 20 in the ranking are said to have obtained the European Tour card; but in reality the top 15 are qualified for the most tournaments, and the 16-20 a few fewer.
But the categories are reordered halfway through the season. The last 5 places were added in the 2005 season - previously only the top 15 qualified. Players who finish 21-45 can also qualify for some tournaments on the European Tour with lower prize money.
Players who win three tournaments on the Challenge Tour in a season are transferred to the European Tour immediately in the same season.