Swiss Challenge (golf)

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Swiss Challenge
Tournament information
LocationHildisrieden, Switzerland
Course(s)Golf Sempachersee
Length7,147 yards (6,535 m)
Tour(s)Challenge Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund185,000
Month playedJune
Tournament record score
Aggregate262 Marcel Schneider (2018)
To par−25 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (2008)
Current champion
Portugal Ricardo Santos

The Swiss Challenge is a golf tournament on the Challenge Tour, held in Switzerland.


It was first played as the Credit Suisse Private Banking Open in 2000 and 2001 at the Golf Club Patriziale Ascona in Ascona. It replaced the Interlaken Open which ended after financial issues.[1] During the course of the 2002 edition, the heavy rain led to the overflow of the Lake Maggiore and to the cancellation of the event.[2]

Following a four-year hiatus, the tournament returned in 2006 and was held at the Wylihof Golf Club in Luterbach through 2009. Since 2010 the event has been played at Golf Sempachersee in Hildisrieden.


Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin of
Swiss Challenge
2019 Ricardo Santos  Portugal Sempachersee 269 −15 1 stroke England Richard Bland
Germany Moritz Lampert
2018 Marcel Schneider  Germany Sempachersee 262 −22 6 strokes Norway Kristian Johannessen
2017 Joel Girrbach   Switzerland Sempachersee 267 −17 2 strokes Scotland Craig Lee
2016 Alexander Knappe  Germany Sempachersee 272 −12 1 stroke England Paul Howard
Norway Espen Kofstad
2015 Daniel Im  United States Sempachersee 273 −11 Playoff England Gary Boyd
2014 Pierre Relecom  Belgium Sempachersee 269 −15 1 stroke Italy Niccolo Quintarelli
2013 Victor Riu  France Sempachersee 265 −19 3 strokes England Adam Gee
United States Brinson Paolini
Credit Suisse Challenge
2012 Gary Stal  France Sempachersee 273 −11 Playoff France Alexandre Kaleka
2011 Benjamin Hébert  France Sempachersee 272 −12 4 strokes England Jamie Moul
2010 Alessandro Tadini  Italy Sempachersee 266 −22 1 stroke Wales Stuart Manley
Norway Marius Thorp
2009 Peter Baker (2)  England Wylihof 274 −18 1 stroke Austria Florian Praegant
2008 Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain Wylihof 267 −25 2 strokes England Gary Lockerbie
2007 Peter Baker  England Wylihof 272 −20 1 stroke Scotland Andrew McArthur
2006 Francisco Cea  Spain Wylihof 276 −16 Playoff England Tim Milford
Credit Suisse Private Banking Open
2003–05: No tournament
2002 Tournament abandoned due to severe weather[3]
2001 Greig Hutcheon  Scotland Patriziale 266 −18 1 stroke Spain Jesús María Arruti
Germany Kariem Baraka
2000 Álvaro Salto  Spain Patriziale 268 −16 1 stroke Italy Michele Reale


  1. ^ "Golfing young guns tee off in Ticino". 3 May 2000.
  2. ^ Kissane, Sinéad (14 June 2007). "Swiss event cancelled".
  3. ^ Credit Suisse Private Banking Open abandoned

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