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.

DatesTournamentHost countryWinnerOWGR
1821 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
2528 Mar Kenya Open Kenya England Robert Dinwiddie (3) 12
29 Apr2 May Turkish Airlines Challenge Turkey England Charlie Ford (1) 12
69 May Allianz Open Côtes d'Armor Bretagne France England Sam Walker (2) 12
2023 May Mugello Tuscany Open Italy Netherlands Floris de Vries (1) 12
2730 May Telenet Trophy Belgium England Lee Slattery (2) 12
36 Jun Kärnten Golf Open Austria Austria Martin Wiegele (2) 12
1013 Jun Scottish Hydro Challenge Scotland Scotland George Murray (1) 12
1720 Jun Moroccan Golf Classic Morocco United States Chris Baker (1) 12 Postponed from 2225 Apr due to air travel issues.[3]
1720 Jun Saint-Omer Open France Austria Martin Wiegele (3) 18 Also an official money event on the European Tour
2427 Jun Fred Olsen Challenge de España Spain Spain Álvaro Velasco (1) 12
14 Jul The Princess Sweden Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen (1) 12
811 Jul Allianz Golf Open de Lyon France Austria Bernd Wiesberger (1) 12
1518 Jul Credit Suisse Challenge Switzerland Italy Alessandro Tadini (3) 12
2225 Jul English Challenge England Australia Daniel Gaunt (1) 12
29 Jul1 Aug Green Challenge Finland n/a n/a Tournament cancelled due to withdrawal of sponsor.[4]
1114 Aug Rolex Trophy Switzerland Chile Mark Tullo (1) 12 Limited field Pro-Am
1922 Aug ECCO Tour Championship Germany Denmark Andreas Hartø (amateur) (n/a) 12
2528 Aug SWALEC Wales Challenge Wales Sweden Oscar Florén (1) 12
25 Sep Allianz EurOpen Strasbourg France France Romain Wattel (amateur) (n/a) 12
912 Sep Kazakhstan Open Kazakhstan Spain Álvaro Velasco (2) 12
1619 Sep M2M Russian Challenge Cup Russia Spain Carlos del Moral (2) 12 New tournament
710 Oct Allianz Golf Open du Grand Toulouse France Austria Bernd Wiesberger (2) 12
1316 Oct Roma Golf Open Italy Denmark Andreas Hartø (2) 12
2023 Oct Egyptian Open Egypt Chile Mark Tullo (2) 14
2730 Oct Apulia San Domenico Grand Final Italy England Matt Haines (1) 16


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


  1. "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  2. "Challenge Tour Schedule 2010". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  3. Callow, James (19 April 2010). "Volcanic ash cloud causes widespread disruption to sporting calendar". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  4. "Green Challenge removed from Challenge Tour schedule". PGA European Tour. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-04.

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