• Road to Mallorca will comprise 29 tournaments in 18 different countries in 2023
  • Record total prize fund of €8,200,000
  • 20 players will earn DP World Tour cards for the 2024 season

The European Challenge Tour today announced its global 2023 Road to Mallorca schedule, featuring a record overall prize fund and a minimum of 29 tournaments, staged across three continents in 18 different countries.

Players will compete for total prize money of €8,200,000 on the 2023 Road to Mallorca, which will begin with the Bain’s Whisky Cape Town Open in February, the first of four co-sanctioned events with the Sunshine Tour in South Africa.

India returns as a host country for the first time since 2013 with two events in March, the Duncan Taylor Black Bull Challenge followed by The Challenge presented by KGA.

The Challenge Tour also returns to the United Arab Emirates in April for the first time since 2018 with back-to-back events, including the Abu Dhabi Challenge, as part of the European Tour group’s long-term partnership with the Emirates Golf Federation.

The Challenge Tour will head to Spain in May for the Challenge de España, which will kick-start a run of 20 tournaments in 22 weeks and see the Road to Mallorca travel through 15 countries in Europe, including Italy for the Italian Challenge at Golf Nazionale, the venue which will then host the first two days of the 2023 Junior Ryder Cup in September.

The 2023 season will conclude with the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A, at Club de Golf Alcanada from November 2-5, as the top 45 players on the Rankings battle it out for one of the life changing 20 DP World Tour cards.

Those 20 players who benefit from this formal pathway to the DP World Tour will then be eligible for the DP World Tour’s Earnings Assurance Programme, guaranteeing them minimum earnings of $150,000 for the 2024 season if they play in 15 or more events.

The top five graduates will also benefit from the John Jacobs Bursary, similarly designed to provide security and a strong platform for their first season on the European Tour group’s top tier.

Jamie Hodges, Head of Challenge Tour, said: “Our expansive global schedule gives our members the opportunity to play for a record total prize fund and benefit from our formal pathway to the DP World Tour, as we continue to provide an incredible platform for the next generation of golf’s superstars.

“I would like to thank the integral support of our promoters, national federations, and tournament sponsors, who have helped make this possible. The fact that 20 of our current national federations and promoters have extended their support through to next year is testament to their commitment and the strength of our Tour heading into 2023.

“We are also very grateful for the commitment of Rolex, The R&A, and DP World through their title partnership of the DP World Tour, all of whom have helped us to provide this comprehensive global schedule for some of the brightest talents in world golf.”

In 2022, 25 former Challenge Tour players won on the DP World Tour – including 2021 graduates Ewen Ferguson and Yannik Paul, while five finished inside the top ten on the DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex. Sean Crocker became the 200th former Challenge Tour player to win on the DP World Tour when he secured a wire-to-wire victory at the Hero Open, while the total number of wins by Challenge Tour alumni is now 544.

The full 2023 Road to Mallorca International Schedule can be viewed below or by clicking here.

DateTournamentVenuePrize Fund
February 2-5Bain’s Whisky Cape Town OpenRoyal Cape Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa$350,000
February 9-12Dimension Data Pro-Am Fancourt Golf Estate, George, South Africa ZAR 7,000,000
February 16-19SDC OpenZebula Golf Estate & Spa, Limpopo, South Africa$350,000
February 23-26Nelson Mandela Bay ChampionshipHumewood Golf Club, Port Elizabeth, South Africa$350,000
March 23-26Duncan Taylor Black Bull ChallengeKarnataka Golf Association, Bangalore, India$300,000
March 28–31The Challenge presented by KGAKarnataka Golf Association, Bangalore, India$300,000
April 27-30Abu Dhabi ChallengeAbu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE$300,000
May 4-7UAE Event ConfirmedTBC, UAE$300,000
May 11-14Challenge de EspañaTBC, Spain€250,000
May 18-21B-NL Challenge TrophyTBC, Netherlands€250,000
May 25-28Copenhagen ChallengeRoyal Golf Club, Copenhagen, Denmark€250,000
June 1-4D+D REAL Czech ChallengePanorama Golf Resort, Kácov, Czech Republic€250,000
June 8-11Andalucía Challenge de CádizIberostar Real Golf Novo Sancti Petri, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain€250,000
June 15-18Kaskáda Golf ChallengeKaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic€250,000
June 22-25Open de BretagneGolf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André, Pléneuf, France€270,000
June 29 – July 2Le Vaudreuil Golf ChallengeGolf PGA France du Vaudreuil, Le Vaudreuil, France€260,000
July 6-9Italian Challenge OpenGolf Nazionale, Viterbo, Italy€350,000
July 13-16Euram Bank OpenGC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria€250,000
July 20-23Big Green Egg German Challenge powered by VCGWittelsbacher Golfclub, Neuburg an der Donau, Germany€250,000
July 27-30Irish ChallengeTBC, Ireland€250,000
August 3-6British ChallengeSt. Mellion Estate, Cornwall, England£230,000
August 10-13Farmfoods Scottish Challenge supported by The R&ANewmachar Golf Club, Aberdeenshire, Scotland£230,000
August 17-20Vierumäki Finnish ChallengeVierumäki Resort, Vierumäki, Finland€250,000
August 24-27Dormy OpenAskersunds Golfklubb, Åmmeberg, Sweden€250,000
August 31 – September 3Indoor Golf Group ChallengeLanderyds Golfklubb – Vesterby, Brokind, Sweden€250,000
September 14-17Open de Portugal at Royal ÓbidosRoyal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, Vau Óbidos, Portugal€250,000
September 21-24Swiss ChallengeGolf Saint Apollinaire, Folgensbourg, France€250,000
October 5-8Hopps Open de ProvenceGolf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France€260,000
November 2-5Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&AClub de Golf Alcanada, Mallorca, Spain€500,000