Cream of the crop tee off at Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final

04 November 2022

Mallorca is brimming with excitement for the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A, which is underway at the prestigious Club de Golf Alcanada this week.

The event, taking place from November 3-6, sees the top 45 players on the Road to Mallorca Rankings battle it out to be crowned Challenge Tour Number One. Equally precious are the DP World Tour cards for the 2023 season awarded to the top 20 after the Grand Final, offering a tantalising pathway to golf’s promised land.

Only the competition’s elite, from 258 ranked golfers across 28 tournaments, have earned a spot at Club de Golf Alcanada. With such a coveted prize on the line, the final promises to be a thrilling contest packed with fascinating stories. Nineteen-year-old Tom McKibbin could make history as the youngest ever Road to Mallorca Number One; the youngster will jump from 15th to 1st in the Rankings if he triumphs in the Grand Final and results from other golfers go his way.

Meanwhile, current leader Jeremy Freiburghaus and Number Two JC Ritchie could become the first winners of the Rankings to hail from Switzerland or South Africa, respectively, while 2017 champion Clément Sordet could earn renown as the first man to win the event on two separate occasions.

An electric atmosphere is anticipated at the acclaimed venue, which was ranked by Top 100 Golf Courses as the finest on the island. While the final is being broadcast live on TV around the world for the first time in the Challenge Tour’s history, attendees can enjoy local produce from around Mallorca and soak in what’s already shaping up to be a special mood on the course.

Designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Jr, Club de Golf Alcanada’s par-72 layout is unique among courses in Mallorca that it directly overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, offering unparalleled views for both golfers and spectators. Food and refreshments also await fans at the event courtesy of popular local restaurant group Tast. The club, situated in the north of the island, is easily accessible by car or public transport for those wishing to watch the action from the front row.

Fans can attend the event for free for the chance to see some of golf’s future legends in action at one of Europe’s most popular golf courses. Registration for tickets can be found here (English) or here (Spanish).

For more information, please email Matthew Joule from the European Tour Group -


About the European Challenge Tour
Since its inception in 1989, the Challenge Tour has developed into a proven training ground, where the champions-in-waiting compete across the globe for a place on the DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour.

Many players who have progressed from the Challenge Tour have gone on to become Major Champions – including Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick – and Ryder Cup stars, such as Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren.

Using its vast international schedule and relationships with golf federations and PGAs, the Challenge Tour is widely accessible to professionals from across the globe, giving players from developing golfing nations the opportunity to test their skill amongst some of the most talented up and coming stars in world golf.

About the European Tour group

The European Tour group is the overarching corporate brand which administers four competition brands: the DP World Tour, the Challenge Tour, the Legends Tour and, along with the PGA of America, is the Managing Partner of golf’s greatest team contest, the Ryder Cup. Established in 1972, the European Tour group is committed to ‘Driving Golf Further’ through our guiding principles of being innovative, inclusive and global.

  • Innovative: We are driving innovation in golf through the creation of award-winning content, pioneering tournament formats and the use of the latest technology and inventive fan engagement. We are committed to attracting new audiences whilst respecting the tradition of our sport.
  • Inclusive: We are committed to include all who share a love for the game of golf. We are passionate about a closer collaboration with the women’s game, disability golf and promoting the many physical and mental health benefits of playing golf.
  • Global: Since 1972, players from 37 different countries have won tournaments on our main Tour, while our live broadcast reaches more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. We also enjoy the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with DP World, Rolex, BMW, Callaway, Emirates, Fortinet, Workday and Zoom as Official Partners.

The European Tour group has Strategic Alliances with the PGA TOUR, the Sunshine Tour and ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, while we also drive positive community impact through our overarching CSR programme, Golf for Good.

About Rolex and Golf

Rolex is committed to the permanent quest for excellence in all its endeavours and has been a long-term supporter of golf in its pursuit of the same. The brand’s enduring relationship with the sport began more than 50 years ago, in 1967, when Arnold Palmer, joined by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, became the brand’s first golfing Testimonies. Known together as The Big Three, these legendary players changed the face of golf forever, and their partnership with Rolex marked the beginning of a relationship based on the shared commitment to continuous improvement and unwavering precision. Since then, the affiliation has grown and flourished, permeating every level of the game worldwide.

From elite players and golf legends to all the game’s Major championships, where success represents the pinnacle of achievement in the sport, as well as the foremost professional tours and worldwide amateur championships, Rolex is ever-present. In 2021 Rolex further deepened its support by becoming a Worldwide Partner of The Ryder Cup, to act as Official Timekeeper at every iteration of the sport’s pre-eminent team competition. The Swiss manufacturer’s support for the game is built on a strong sense of integrity and respect for tradition that promote the continuity of expertise and transfer of knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of investing in the sport’s development for future generations.


Nathan Allen - Content Editor
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