Challenge Tour, Matteo Manassero returns


Challenge Tour, Matteo Manassero returns
Challenge Tour, Matteo Manassero returns © Getty Images Sport - Andrew Redington / Staff

The Challenge Tour remains in Sweden where the second edition of the Indoor Golf Group Challenge takes place (31 August-3 September) on the Landeryds Golfklubb course in Vesterby. Ten Azzurri in the field: Matteo Manassero, who returns after missing two events, Lorenzo Scalise, Andrea Pavan, Francesco Laporta, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, Lorenzo Gagli, Gregorio De Leo, Stefano Mazzoli and Aron Zemmer, all competing in the previous Dormy Open with the latter among the protagonists (6th), and Filippo Bergamaschi, also on the field after a break.

Challenge Tour, schedule

Six tournaments to go before reaching the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final (Club de Golf Alcanada, Mallorca, 2-5 November) which will be attended by the first 45 of the order of merit who will compete to win one of the "cards" for the DP World Tour 2024 awarded to the top 20 finishers.

As a result, there are almost all the best in the field, including seven from the top ten on the money list, but there are also some unexpected departures. Aimed at maintaining their prominent position in this ranking, and possibly improving it, Manassero (fourth), Scalise (sixth) and Pavan (eighth), while Laporta (23rd) has a new opportunity, after missing the previous ones, to return to the top 20.

In this respect, the absences of the South Africans, who have become dancers in their participations, are surprising, and if those of Casey Jarvis (number 1), who already has one foot on the major tour, and Brandon Stone (n.

11), who in any case has to be careful and not go any further, leaves perplexity those of JJ Senekal and Jaco Prinsloo who, between forfeits and some subdued performances, are now in 19th and 20th place after having been for a long time in high.

The two and the English Sam Bairstow (n. 17), also absent, offer not only to Laporta, but also to the Danish Nicolai Kristensen (n. 21), the Portuguese Ricardo Gouveia (n. 22), the English Brandon Robinson Thompson (n. 24) and Finn Lauri Ruuska (n.

25) the opportunity to enter the most coveted area. Among the favourites, in addition to the Azzurri mentioned and Zemmer, who appears to be in excellent form, the French Ugo Coussaud (n. 2), who can take back the first position in the Road To Mallorca with only five points behind him Jarvis, the Swedes Adam Blomme (n.

7) and Jesper Svensson (n. 10), as well as the Welshman Stuart Manley (n. 9) and the South African Jacques Kruyswijk, fresh from his success in the Dormy Open. The jackpot is 250,000 euros with the first coin of 40,000 euros.

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