With the halfway mark of the season fast approaching Australia’s regulars on the Challenge Tour will be starting to feel the pressure, none currently inside the top-50 on the year long Road to Oman standings.
At season’s end the top-15 on the list will graduate to the main European Tour, Jordan Zunic top Australian at this stage in 60th position.
However, there are some significant purses on offer in the next month, this week’s Italian Challenge Open the second biggest of the regular season events and a good opportunity for the Australian contingent to move forward.
Zunic will be joined in this week’s field by Scott Arnold, Ben Eccles, Nick Cullen, Daniel Fox, Daniel Gaunt and Ryan McCarthy with McCarthy using the event as a final tune up for next week’s Open Championship.
The Tasmanian qualified for the year’s third Major in sensational fashion in Scotland last week but wasn’t at his best after rushing to Prague immediately after and missed the cut.
However, it will be a different story this week in Italy and a return to the form which saw him post three top-25’s in four starts last month would be no surprise.
Zunic and Eccles have been the most consistent players of the Australians to date with both showing glimpses of good play without quite managing to put together four good days.
Both are proven performers, however, and one good week for either or both would be enough to kick start a hot finish to the season.
Scott Arnold makes his third Challenge Tour appearance for the year playing on a medical exemption and will be looking to make his first cut since the Australian PGA Championship in December.
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