Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Third win by Calum Hill this week would earn him "battlefield promotion" to European Tour

Calum Hill will attempt to join a select number of players to seal their European Tour card at the Rolex Trophy when the action gets under way in Switzerland from Wednesday, August 21 to Saturday, August 24.

The Scot, pictured, has won twice during the 2019 European Challenge Tour season - at the Euram Bank Open and the Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA - and will look to claim his third title of the year at Golf Club de Genève and seal immediate promotion to the European Tour via the three win rule.
Following the success of the ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women, Presented by Modest! Golf Management last week, where men and women played for equal prize funds, the Rolex Trophy brings another different format as the top 39 ranked players, plus one invite, will play alongside amateurs in the four-day pro-am contest.
Last year’s champion Kim Koivu was the fourth player to complete the three-win feat in Geneva, clinching his third victory of the year at the event, following in the footsteps of Benjamin Hebert, Kristoffer Broberg and Nacho Elvira who achieved the same success in 2011, 2012 and 2015, respectively.
“I’ve definitely thought about it,” said Hill. “I’m not just playing to see what happens, I want to play well and get that third win. If that happens, then that is the goal achieved, and if not, then I’ll hopefully stay inside the top 15 in the Rankings and get my European Tour card that way.”
Hill, who claimed his first professional win on the Challenge Tour at the Galgorm Resort and Spa Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf 12 months ago, has continued to impress this year, recording two wins, a tied third, and a share of seventh in his last four Challenge Tour outings to become the new Challenge Tour Number One.
The recent upturn in form began on home soil at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, where he carded rounds of 68-64-71-66 to earn a share of 26th place. However, it is the work at the beginning of the year which the Scot points towards, having reaped the benefits over the past four weeks.
“I think for most players the aim at the start of the year is to finish as high as possible, so if that means being number one then that’s brilliant, but there is still lots of time left in the season but it is nice to be there right now,” he said.
“Work that has gone on for the past six months has fallen into place now. I wouldn’t say there are factors or assets that have clicked in my game, I just think I’m playing better golf.”
Antoine Rozner, who Hill overtook in the Rankings last week, also has the chance to become the fifth player to win the Rolex Trophy and seal European Tour playing rights at the same time, following his wins at the Challenge de España and Prague Golf Challenge.
The pair will tee off at 12:05pm local time with the Rolex Trophy getting under way at 8:30am tomorrow.
 
 

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