After the Scottish Open, the Challenge Tour moves to the Czech Republic for the D + D REAL Czech Challenge, a tournament scheduled from 2 to 5 June on the Golf & Spa Kunětická Hora course in Dříteč. Ten Italians will compete: Matteo Manassero (33 / o and best Italian in the “Road to Mallorca), Lorenzo Scalise (49 / o in the ‘money list’), Aron Zemmer and Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (respectively 73 / o and 74 / o in the order of merit). To these are added Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli, Filippo Bergamaschi, Luca Cianchetti, Riccardo Bregoli, Enrico Di Nitto and Federico Maccario.
Czech Challenge, schedule
The total prize money is 260,000 euros and, in the field, among the favorites for the final victory stand out the Spaniard Javier Sainz (winner last week in Scotland), the New Zealander Daniel Hillier, the Iberian Angel Hidalgo, the French Edgar Catherine, Clément Sordet and Adrien Saddier, as well as the Swiss Jeremy Freiburghaus, fifth and higher on the Road to Mallorca.
It’s not necessarily the one we expected in this last round, but Javier Sainz quickly stood out with three birdies on the first three holes.
A new birdie on 5 then two others on 10 and 14 allowed him to sign a splendid 65 (-6) to make up for his 6 strokes behind the leader, Jeremy Freiburghaus.
Sainz also took advantage of errors in the first third of the Swiss course, which however managed to snatch a play-off with a birdie at 18.
After two play-off holes disputed in sudden death, the Spaniard won by signing a birdie.
Adrien Saddier was also six shots from the lead at the dawn of this last round, but the tricolor did not have the same success as the Iberian player.
However, he also signed a good start to the game with birdies at 2 and 3. Hampered by a bogey at 4, he recorded his 3rd birdie of the day after just 6 holes.
There followed a long series of pars before losing two more points with two bogeys on the last two holes. With that last card in par, Saddier finished the tournament in 14th place.
Damien Perrier also fell back on this last lap. After three cards of 70 (-1), Rennes conceded a costly 74 (+3). 15 pars and 3 bogeys brought him down to 36th position.
As a reminder, all the other tricolors had missed the cut.