In the week from 19 to 25 September, here are the golf events not to be missed.
Challenge Tour – Swiss Challenge
From 22 to 25 September, the Road to Mallorca champions travel to Folgensbourg, France, for the Swiss Challenge.
The tournament, in its second edition, is held for the second consecutive year at Golf Saint Apollinaire, PAR 72 of 6796 meters. On the field there will be Alejandro Del Rey, who entered the history of professional golf on the occasion of the Swiss Challenge last year, after having completed a second round in 58 strokes, the lowest score ever recorded on the field and on the DP World Round.
The champion Spaniard joined the group of the few who have made rounds of 58 on the most important Tours, including Jim Furyk (PGA Tour, 2016) and Stephan Jäger (Korn Ferry Tour, 2016). Golf Saint Apollinaire was designed by the famous architect Kurt Rossknecht.
Each hole on the course requires a different strategy, which takes into account the numerous water obstacles and bunkers, strategically positioned to ensure a certain difficulty even for high-level golfers. Last year, the event saw Denmark’s Marcus Helligkilde take his second victory of the season on the Challenge Tour.
Helligkilde went on to take his third victory at the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final, also taking the top spot in the Road to Mallorca standings. Current Road to Mallorca No. 1 Alexander Knappe appears to be the favorite and is aiming for automatic promotion to the DP World Tour with his third win of the season at the Swiss Challenge.
There will be five blues on the field: Stefano Mazzoli, Giulio Castagnara, Lorenzo Scalise, Matteo Manassero and Aron Zemmer. At the time of writing, Filippo Bergamaschi is on the waiting list. DP World Tour – French Cazoo Open
From 22 to 25 September the DP World Tour returns to Le Golf National, home of the Ryder Cup 2018, for the 104th edition of the Open de France, after two years of absence from the Tour calendar.
The event, born in 1972, is the oldest national Open in continental Europe. It returns to the European Tour calendar after being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Since its inception, the French Open has seen 7 French triumphs.
Arnaud Massy won the inaugural edition, followed in 2011 by six-time DP World Tour champion Thomas Levet, who will be on the field this week. Frenchman Marcel Dallemand was the only player to have won this trophy three years in a row: in Saint-Germain in 1936, in Chantilly in 1937 and in Fourqueux in 1938.
The defending champion is Nicolas Colsaerts, who in 2019 had ended seven years of winlessness with an exciting triumph. The 2012 Ryder Cup star will be on the pitch after a major recovery from a rare kidney disease diagnosed late last year.
“It’s a tournament and a venue that has always been close to my heart. Winning in 2019 was very special and it will be a lot of fun to be on the first tee as a past champion,” said Colsaerts. Ryder Cup 2018 captain Thomas Bjørn will also be on the pitch this week alongside Thorbjørn Olesen, who has fond memories of winning against Jordan Spieth.
In the entry list we also see the Danes Rasmus and Nicolai Højgaard, who will try to increase their victories and increase the hopes of making their Ryder Cup debut next year in Rome. Last week, at DS Automobiles 79th Italian Open, Robert MacIntyre expressed his intentions and hopes for the Ryder Cup 2023, thanks to his victory in the first hole of the playoff against US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick.
Also on the field will be French champions: Victor Perez, back from a 3rd place last week and after winning his second Tour title at the Dutch Open in June. With him are also his teammates Antoine Rozner and Matthieu Pavon, two-time winners on the European Tour, who are having a good season and are motivated to reach a good result to qualify for the end-of-season Tour Championship in November.
With seven tournaments still to be played before the DP World Tour Championship (17 – 20 November) and players will have to try to make it into the top 50 of the ranking, the challenge will become increasingly tough. Also in the field are three of the top 10 of the DP World Tour Rankings: Ryan Fox, Adrian Meronk and Thriston Lawrence, along with Masters champion Patrick Reed.
There are five blues on the field: Guido Migliozzi, Francesco Laporta, Edoardo Molinari, Renato Paratore and Lorenzo Gagli. At the time of writing, Lorenzo Scalise is on the waiting list. We will be able to watch them carefully and cheer for them, from 22 to 25 September, on GOLFTV / DISCOVERY + and EUROSPORT, with the comments of Marco Durante and Maurizio Trezzi on the following programming: