Danish Golf Challenge, new name and city

Five Italian players, Stefano Mazzoli, Gregorio De Leo, Aron Zemmer, Pietro Bovari, and Davide Buchi, are set to compete in the Danish Golf Challenge

by Andrea Gussoni
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Danish Golf Challenge, new name and city
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Five Italian players, Stefano Mazzoli, Gregorio De Leo, Aron Zemmer, Pietro Bovari, and Davide Buchi, are set to compete in the Danish Golf Challenge, a Challenge Tour event taking place from May 23rd to 26th at Odense Eventyr Golf in the Danish city that lends its name to the club.

This is the third edition of the event, which has undergone changes in name on all three occasions. Last year, under the name Copenhagen Challenge, it was won by Matteo Manassero.

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Among the competitors are 14 players ranked in the top 20 of the Road To Mallorca (money list), including six in the top ten, led by the current leader, Danish golfer Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen.

The 24-year-old professional, hailing from Nivå, has already clinched victory in two tournaments this season (Kolkata Challenge and UAE Challenge) and is aiming for a third win that would immediately promote him to the DP World Tour.

Neergaard-Petersen narrowly missed out on victory in the previous Challenge de España, falling to a bogey on the final hole, allowing Spanish player Joel Moscatel to secure the win with a birdie. Joining the fray are notable contenders such as Mikael Lindberg (ranked 4th), Biorn Akesson (7th) from Sweden, England's John Parry (5th), and Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen (10th).

Other potential contenders include English players Sam Hutsby, David Horsey, and Chris Paisley, Frenchman Martin Couvra, South Africans Wilko Nienaber, Deon Germishuys, and Robin Williams, and Danish player Nicolai Kristensen, all vying to maintain their top 20 positions for a chance to secure a 'card' for the DP World Tour 2025 at the end of the season.

Italian player Stefano Mazzoli, who also holds a 'card' for the Asian Tour, will be competing in his third event, with two mid-table finishes in previous tournaments. De Leo, Bovari, and Zemmer have had mixed performances but all three earned prize money in Spain, with De Leo and Bovari finishing eighth and fifteenth, respectively.

For Buchi, making his tour debut, it's an opportunity to gain experience. The total prize fund for the event is €270,000, with the winner taking home €43,200.

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