In these two weeks, European golf will essentially look at two clearly distinct yet united fronts. On the one hand the pairing Nedbank Challenge-DP World Tour Championship, which is the substantial final sprint to decide the best on the (more than) continental circuit, on the other the Q School which celebrates its final tournament in Tarragona, according to its typical six-lap formula.
Nedbank Challenge and Q School, schedule
In the case of the Nedbank Challenge, we start tomorrow with a large part of the European and not only major players on this side of the ocean. In a nutshell, you can admire the various Tommy Fleetwood, Robert MacIntyre, Rasmus Højgaard among others, but also the New Zealander Ryan Fox, who has lived a splendid season so far.
Also on stage in Sun City, and precisely at the Gary Player Country Club, are two Italians: Guido Migliozzi, winner of the French Open, and Edoardo Molinari, vice captain of the Ryder Cup. His direct superior, Luke, is also serving.
Donald. As for the Q School of Tarragona, there will be six Italians in the final round. Let’s go in order. Renato Paratore, Francesco Laporta and Andrea Pavan arrive from the DP World Tour, and have to fight to keep the card.
Aron Zemmer and Stefano Mazzoli, on the other hand, managed to pass two of the four tournaments of the second stage. Lorenzo Scalise, finally, comes from the fact that he managed to make it to the grand finale of the Challenge Tour.
There are 25 places up for grabs. The last ones able to make the leap from the Q School were Guido Migliozzi and Filippo Bergamaschi in 2018. The tournament was started in 1981 under the impulse of Gary Player. The prize money in 1981 was US$1,000,000, half of which went to the winner.
The tournament was then called the Million Dollar Challenge. The first edition was played from December 31, 1981 to January 4, 1982 and had only 5 participants: Seve Ballesteros, Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.
In a playoff, Johnny Miller was the better of Seve Ballesteros. The Million Dollar Challenge was not included in any tour for a long time afterwards. From 2000, the tournament continued under the Nedbank Golf Challenge. In 2006, the tournament was part of the African Sunshine Tour for the first time.
Since then, the event has only grown in importance. In 2013, it was first included in the European PGA Tour and from 2017 it will also be part of the Rolex Series within this European PGA Tour.