Challenge Tour Grand Final

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Challenge Tour Grand Final
Tournament information
Location Dubai, U.A.E
Established 1995
Course(s) Al Badia Golf Club
Par 72
Length 7,333 yards (6,705 m)
Tour(s) Challenge Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 350,000
Month played November
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Espen Kofstad (2012)
To par −19 Espen Kofstad (2012)
Current champion
France Benjamin Hebert

The Challenge Tour Grand Final is the season ending tour championship on the Challenge Tour. The field currently consists of the top 45 players on the Challenge Tour rankings vying for fifteen European Tour cards. It has been played annually since 1995 at various courses. Usually it took place in Southern Europe, but in 1999 and 2000 it was played in Cuba and it has been held in the United Arab Emirates since 2013. The tournament has had several sponsored names.

In 2007, Michael Lorenzo-Vera entered the tournament 7th on the Challenge Tour's money list. By winning the tournament, he moved all the way up to 1st place to be named the 2007 Challenge Tour's Order of Merit winner. In 2013 the prize fund was €330,000, with €52,800 going to the winner.

The Challenge Tour Grand Final is considered the Challenge Tour's flagship event, giving a minimum of 17 Official World Golf Ranking points to the winner, compared to 12 for most events.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Location Winner Score
Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final
2014 Al Badia Golf Club Dubai, U.A.E France Benjamin Hebert 276 (−12)
2013 Al Badia Golf Club Dubai, U.A.E India Shiv Kapur 272 (−16)
Apulia San Domenico Grand Final
2012 San Domenico Golf Puglia, Italy Norway Espen Kofstad 265 (−19)
2011 San Domenico Golf Puglia, Italy Italy Andrea Pavan 267 (−17)
2010 San Domenico Golf Puglia, Italy England Matt Haines 276 (−8)
2009 San Domenico Golf Puglia, Italy Scotland Peter Whiteford 279 (−5)PO
2008 San Domenico Golf Puglia, Italy Argentina Estanislao Goya 267 (−17)
2007 San Domenico Golf Puglia, Italy France Michael Lorenzo-Vera 269 (−15)
2006 San Domenico Golf Puglia, Italy England James Hepworth 271 (−13)
2005 San Domenico Golf Puglia, Italy Spain Carl Suneson 273 (−15)
Bouygues Telecom Grand Final
2004 Golf du Médoc Bordeaux, France Scotland David Drysdale 271 (−13)PO
Challenge Tour Grand Final
2003 Golf du Médoc Bordeaux, France Spain José Manuel Carriles 273 (−11)PO
2002 Golf du Médoc Bordeaux, France Republic of Ireland Peter Lawrie 272 (−12)
2001 Golf du Médoc Bordeaux, France England Richard Bland 266 (−18)
2000 Varadero GC Varadero, Cuba Sweden Henrik Stenson 270 (−18)
1999 Varadero GC Varadero, Cuba New Zealand Stephen Scahill 277 (−11)
AXA Grand Final presented by Estoril
1998 Clube de Golf de Belas Sintra, Portugal Argentina Jorge Berendt 275 (−13)PO
Estoril Grand Final
1997 Clube de Golf do Montado Setúbal, Portugal France Nicolas Joakimides 198
UAP Grand Final
1996 Quinta do Peru Sesimbra, Portugal England Ian Garbutt 272
1995 Quinta do Peru Sesimbra, Portugal Spain Francis Valera 275

PO – won following playoff

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