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2010 Challenge Tour

The 2010 Challenge Tour is a series of professional golf tournaments collectively known as the Challenge Tour.

The Challenge Tour is Europe's official developmental tour and is organised by the PGA European Tour. It was introduced in 1986 and was originally called the Satellite Tour, before being renamed with its present title in 1990.[1]

Tournament schedule

The 2010 schedule is set out below.[2] The numbers in brackets after winners' names show the player's total number of wins on the Challenge Tour including that event. It is rare for someone to accumulate many wins on the Challenge Tour because success at this level soon leads to promotion to the European Tour.

The 2010 season began in February with the Abierto Internacional de Golf II Copa Antioquia in Colombia, a new tournament to the Challenge Tour schedule. After further tournaments in Kenya and Turkey, the tour visited Europe for the first time in May for the Allianz Open Côtes d'Armor Bretagne, one of four events on the schedule that also formed part of the Allianz Golf Tour, the official tour organised by the French Golf Federation. The season concluded with the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final at the end of October.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
Points
Notes
18–21 Feb Abierto Internacional de Golf II Copa Antioquia Colombia Colombia David Vanegas (1) 12 Co-sanctioned with the Tour de las Américas and Canadian Tour
25–28 Mar Kenya Open Kenya England Robert Dinwiddie (3) 12
29 Apr–2 May Turkish Airlines Challenge Turkey England Charlie Ford (1) 12
6–9 May Allianz Open Côtes d'Armor Bretagne France England Sam Walker (2) 12
20–23 May Mugello Tuscany Open Italy Netherlands Floris de Vries (1) 12
27–30 May Telenet Trophy Belgium England Lee Slattery (2) 12
3–6 Jun Kärnten Golf Open Austria Austria Martin Wiegele (2) 12
10–13 Jun Scottish Hydro Challenge Scotland Scotland George Murray (1) 12
17–20 Jun Moroccan Golf Classic Morocco United States Chris Baker (1) 12 Postponed from 22–25 Apr due to air travel issues.[3]
17–20 Jun Saint-Omer Open France Austria Martin Wiegele (3) 18 Also an official money event on the European Tour
24–27 Jun Fred Olsen Challenge de España Spain Spain Álvaro Velasco (1) 12
1–4 Jul The Princess Sweden Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen (1) 12
8–11 Jul Allianz Golf Open de Lyon France Austria Bernd Wiesberger (1) 12
15–18 Jul Credit Suisse Challenge Switzerland Italy Alessandro Tadini (3) 12
22–25 Jul English Challenge England Australia Daniel Gaunt (1) 12
29 Jul–1 Aug Green Challenge Finland n/a n/a Tournament cancelled due to withdrawal of sponsor.[4]
11–14 Aug Rolex Trophy Switzerland Chile Mark Tullo (1) 12 Limited field Pro-Am
19–22 Aug ECCO Tour Championship Germany Denmark Andreas Hartø (amateur) (n/a) 12
25–28 Aug SWALEC Wales Challenge Wales Sweden Oscar Florén (1) 12
2–5 Sep Allianz EurOpen Strasbourg France France Romain Wattel (amateur) (n/a) 12
9–12 Sep Kazakhstan Open Kazakhstan Spain Álvaro Velasco (2) 12
16–19 Sep M2M Russian Challenge Cup Russia Spain Carlos del Moral (2) 12 New tournament
7–10 Oct Allianz Golf Open du Grand Toulouse France Austria Bernd Wiesberger (2) 12
13–16 Oct Roma Golf Open Italy Denmark Andreas Hartø (2) 12
20–23 Oct Egyptian Open Egypt Chile Mark Tullo (2) 14
27–30 Oct Apulia San Domenico Grand Final Italy England Matt Haines (1) 16

Rankings

For full rankings, see 2010 Challenge Tour graduates.

Rank Player Country Prize money ()
1 Álvaro Velasco  Spain 134,297
2 Matt Haines  England 107,152
3 Thorbjørn Olesen  Denmark 104,754
4 Floris de Vries  Netherlands 101,288
5 Bernd Wiesberger  Austria 99,989

See also

References

External links

  • Schedule on the European Tour's official site
  • Rankings on the European Tour's official site
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