Challenge de España - R4

Red-hot Rozner wins in Spain

May 0-05
Izki Golf, Urturi, Alava Province, Spain
€200,000
Round 3

Antoine Rozner carded an incredible five under par back nine to clinch the 2019 Challenge de España title by four shots at Izki Golf.

Red-hot Rozner wins Challenge de España, © European Tour
© European Tour

The Frenchman began the day three strokes behind overnight leader Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, but surged ahead after gaining five shots in four holes, signing for a bogey-free round of 66, six under par, to seal his first European Challenge Tour victory.

The 26-year-old started the round with a birdie on the first before carding 11 consecutive pars. As overnight leader Garcia Rodriguez made back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes, Rozner made his move, holing a 15-foot birdie putt on the 13th.

He followed that up with another gain on the par three 14th, before producing the shot of the day, holing out for eagle from 123-yards from the 15th fairway. His advantage was extended with a final birdie of the day on the 16th and returned home with back-to-back pars to be crowned the 20th anniversary Challenge de España champion.

“It’s amazing. I don’t know if I’m realising what has happened yet,” he said. “I played really well the whole week and I’m so happy I turned out to be the winner.

“It was a bit of a frustrating round. I was playing well and hitting good putts, but they were not going in, then I had two good putts on 13 and 14.


“On 15 it was just one of those shots. I was in the rough a bit but had a good yardage and the ball got a good bounce and it rolled in the hole. It was amazing.

“On 16 I hit a really solid shot and a great putt to make another birdie, which helped me for the last two holes.

“I couldn’t control what was happening behind me and I didn’t know what was going on. I tried to keep playing my game and hit a few good shots to finish.

“The victory will bring me confidence. It puts me in a good position in the Rankings. It’s going to be a long season, so I’ll keep playing tournament after tournament, fighting to the end, and hopefully get a European Tour card.”

Garcia Rodriguez carded a disappointing round of 73, one over par, seeing his chance of victory on home soil fade during the back nine with three bogeys in six holes. The Spaniard finished four strokes behind Rozner in a share of second place alongside Finland’s Antti Ahokas, Dane’s Rasmus Højgaard and Martin Simonsen, and Joel Sjöholm of Sweden.

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With his victory, Rozner moves from 47th to second place in the Challenge Tour Rankings with Garcia Rodriguez in tied sixth position.


Pos.
Player
Nat.
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize Money
1
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-13
69
73
67
66
275
€ 32,000
2
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
-9
70
71
69
69
279
€ 13,200
2
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-9
68
70
68
73
279
€ 13,200
2
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-9
71
67
71
70
279
€ 13,200
2
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-9
69
69
70
71
279
€ 13,200
2
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-9
70
69
71
69
279
€ 13,200
7
MERONK Adrian
POL
-8
71
69
74
66
280
€ 6,000
7
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-8
72
70
70
68
280
€ 6,000
9
CANTER Laurie
ENG
-7
73
70
70
68
281
€ 4,250
9
HILL Calum
SCO
-7
72
69
71
69
281
€ 4,250
9
STOW Ben
ENG
-7
68
72
68
73
281
€ 4,250
9
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-7
70
71
72
68
281
€ 4,250
13
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
-6
70
68
74
70
282
€ 3,000
13
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-6
69
74
71
68
282
€ 3,000
13
DEAN Joseph
ENG
-6
71
71
68
72
282
€ 3,000
13
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-6
68
74
69
71
282
€ 3,000
13
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
-6
70
70
69
73
282
€ 3,000
13
NEMECZ Lukas
AUT
-6
74
70
66
72
282
€ 3,000
13
VECCHI FOSSA Jacopo
ITA
-6
69
74
69
70
282
€ 3,000
20
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-5
70
71
70
72
283
€ 2,087
20
KNAPPE Alexander
GER
-5
72
70
72
69
283
€ 2,087
20
STEWART Duncan
SCO
-5
72
71
69
71
283
€ 2,087
23
BLAND Richard
ENG
-4
71
73
69
71
284
€ 1,860
23
LINARD Thomas
FRA
-4
69
74
71
70
284
€ 1,860
23
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
-4
71
70
72
71
284
€ 1,860
23
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
-4
67
73
73
71
284
€ 1,860
27
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-3
72
72
69
72
285
€ 1,620
27
BESSELING Wil
NED
-3
71
73
73
68
285
€ 1,620
27
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-3
71
70
74
70
285
€ 1,620
27
DI NITTO Enrico
ITA
-3
68
73
73
71
285
€ 1,620
27
HOEY Michael
NIR
-3
67
76
72
70
285
€ 1,620
27
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-3
75
68
68
74
285
€ 1,620
27
RUSCH Benjamin
SUI
-3
70
71
73
71
285
€ 1,620
27
SYME Connor
SCO
-3
71
69
71
74
285
€ 1,620
35
HENRY Scott
SCO
-2
71
73
72
70
286
€ 1,400
35
HOWIE Craig
SCO
-2
71
73
68
74
286
€ 1,400
35
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-2
71
73
70
72
286
€ 1,400
38
GARCIA-HEREDIA Alfredo
ESP
-1
72
71
71
73
287
€ 1,260
38
MRUZEK Filip
CZE
-1
69
70
73
75
287
€ 1,260
38
MURRAY Tom
ENG
-1
71
73
72
71
287
€ 1,260
38
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-1
70
70
71
76
287
€ 1,260
42
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
0
72
71
77
68
288
€ 1,080
42
CHO Rak hyun
KOR
0
71
69
71
77
288
€ 1,080
42
CONNELLY Austin
CAN
0
72
70
73
73
288
€ 1,080
42
PERRIER Damien
FRA
0
69
73
74
72
288
€ 1,080
42
ROSS Craig
SCO
0
69
74
73
72
288
€ 1,080
47
BORDA David
ESP
1
72
71
73
73
289
€ 849
47
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
1
71
72
76
70
289
€ 849
47
DE LA RIVA Eduardo
ESP
1
70
71
74
74
289
€ 849
47
EVANS Ryan
ENG
1
72
71
73
73
289
€ 849
47
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
1
69
71
70
79
289
€ 849
47
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
1
71
72
71
75
289
€ 849
47
JOHANNESSEN Kristian Krogh
NOR
1
69
75
71
74
289
€ 849
54
KAKKO Roope
FIN
2
70
72
76
72
290
€ 720
54
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
2
72
72
72
74
290
€ 720
54
TREE Toby
ENG
2
71
73
71
75
290
€ 720
57
ERKENBECK James
USA
3
73
70
76
72
291
€ 640
57
HANSON Chris
ENG
3
71
71
78
71
291
€ 640
57
NILEHN Fredrik
SWE
3
71
71
76
73
291
€ 640
57
ROBINSON Liam
ENG
3
76
68
72
75
291
€ 640
57
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
3
76
67
73
75
291
€ 640
62
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
4
75
69
75
73
292
€ 570
62
WEBER Lionel
FRA
4
71
73
74
74
292
€ 570
64
TILEY Steven
ENG
6
70
72
72
80
294
€ 540
65
MCGEE Ruaidhri
IRL
9
70
74
79
74
297
€ 520
66
KOLBING Jonas
GER
10
69
72
71
86
298
€ 500
67
AGUILAR Felipe
CHI
1
72
73
0
0
145
€ 0
67
BERNA MANZANARES Daniel
ESP
1
71
74
0
0
145
€ 0
67
DAWSON Robin
IRL
1
75
70
0
0
145
€ 0
67
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
1
73
72
0
0
145
€ 0
67
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
1
74
71
0
0
145
€ 0
67
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
1
75
70
0
0
145
€ 0
67
KOEPKA Chase
USA
1
74
71
0
0
145
€ 0
67
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
1
70
75
0
0
145
€ 0
67
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
1
75
70
0
0
145
€ 0
67
POKE Benjamin
DEN
1
72
73
0
0
145
€ 0
67
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
1
73
72
0
0
145
€ 0
67
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
1
71
74
0
0
145
€ 0
67
VIRTO Borja
ESP
1
72
73
0
0
145
€ 0
67
YOUNG Mark
ENG
1
71
74
0
0
145
€ 0
81
BOYD Gary
ENG
2
74
72
0
0
146
€ 0
81
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
2
76
70
0
0
146
€ 0
81
ECCLES Ben
AUS
2
70
76
0
0
146
€ 0
81
FORD Matt
ENG
2
71
75
0
0
146
€ 0
81
GLOET Christian
DEN
2
76
70
0
0
146
€ 0
81
KOFSTAD Espen
NOR
2
72
74
0
0
146
€ 0
81
LAFEBER Maarten
NED
2
71
75
0
0
146
€ 0
81
MANASSERO Matteo
ITA
2
73
73
0
0
146
€ 0
81
NEIL Bradley
SCO
2
73
73
0
0
146
€ 0
81
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
2
70
76
0
0
146
€ 0
81
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
2
73
73
0
0
146
€ 0
92
BOOTE David
WAL
3
76
71
0
0
147
€ 0
92
CEA Michele
ITA
3
71
76
0
0
147
€ 0
92
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
3
73
74
0
0
147
€ 0
92
ORIOL Pedro
ESP
3
75
72
0
0
147
€ 0
92
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
3
74
73
0
0
147
€ 0
92
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
3
72
75
0
0
147
€ 0
92
WEJSHAG Anton
SWE
3
72
75
0
0
147
€ 0
99
ANGLES Pep
ESP
4
71
77
0
0
148
€ 0
99
CAFOUREK Jan
CZE
4
69
79
0
0
148
€ 0
99
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
4
73
75
0
0
148
€ 0
99
COOKE David
USA
4
73
75
0
0
148
€ 0
99
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
4
69
79
0
0
148
€ 0
99
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
4
73
75
0
0
148
€ 0
99
GREGORY Scott
ENG
4
72
76
0
0
148
€ 0
99
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
4
71
77
0
0
148
€ 0
99
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
4
73
75
0
0
148
€ 0
99
JOHN Allen
GER
4
74
74
0
0
148
€ 0
99
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
4
74
74
0
0
148
€ 0
99
LEITMANNSTETTER Aaron
GER
4
72
76
0
0
148
€ 0
99
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
4
75
73
0
0
148
€ 0
112
GALLIANO Luca
SUI
5
73
76
0
0
149
€ 0
112
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
5
75
74
0
0
149
€ 0
112
GROS Sébastien
FRA
5
77
72
0
0
149
€ 0
112
KIM Minkyu
KOR
5
72
77
0
0
149
€ 0
112
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
5
71
78
0
0
149
€ 0
112
LLOYD Chris
ENG
5
73
76
0
0
149
€ 0
112
ORRIN Max
ENG
5
74
75
0
0
149
€ 0
119
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
6
77
73
0
0
150
€ 0
119
EASTON Bryce
RSA
6
76
74
0
0
150
€ 0
119
GRADECKI Mateusz
POL
6
74
76
0
0
150
€ 0
119
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
6
78
72
0
0
150
€ 0
119
ITEN Marco
SUI
6
72
78
0
0
150
€ 0
119
JONASSON Erik
SWE
6
72
78
0
0
150
€ 0
119
LANGFORS Per
SWE
6
76
74
0
0
150
€ 0
119
OVESEN Martin
DEN
6
73
77
0
0
150
€ 0
119
SANTOS SILVA Tomas
POR
6
70
80
0
0
150
€ 0
119
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
6
75
75
0
0
150
€ 0
129
DEL MORAL Carlos
ESP
7
74
77
0
0
151
€ 0
129
ELVIRA Manuel
ESP
7
77
74
0
0
151
€ 0
129
GEARY Josh
NZL
7
74
77
0
0
151
€ 0
129
HESBOIS Kevin
BEL
7
73
78
0
0
151
€ 0
129
MCBRIDE Paul
IRL
7
75
76
0
0
151
€ 0
129
PASTOR (AM) Victor
ESP
7
72
79
0
0
151
€ 0
135
BERGAMASCHI Filippo
ITA
8
76
76
0
0
152
€ 0
135
HUIZING Daan
NED
8
75
77
0
0
152
€ 0
135
VALASEK Peter
SVK
8
77
75
0
0
152
€ 0
138
GILLBERG Oliver
SWE
9
79
74
0
0
153
€ 0
138
LUNA Santiago
ESP
9
78
75
0
0
153
€ 0
138
PEACOCK Daniel
NIR
9
78
75
0
0
153
€ 0
138
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
9
74
79
0
0
153
€ 0
142
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
10
78
76
0
0
154
€ 0
142
YAMAC (AM) Taner
TUR
10
76
78
0
0
154
€ 0
144
PETROZZI Gian-Marco
ENG
11
76
79
0
0
155
€ 0
144
RAOUZI (AM) Othman
MAR
11
77
78
0
0
155
€ 0
144
VACARISAS Lucas
ESP
11
81
74
0
0
155
€ 0
147
SEGUROLA Jose Pablo
ESP
12
78
78
0
0
156
€ 0
147
TRAPPEL Manuel
AUT
12
81
75
0
0
156
€ 0
149
DAYDOU Alexandre
FRA
13
76
81
0
0
157
€ 0
150
HORTAL Antonio
ESP
16
76
84
0
0
160
€ 0
151
MEJOW Philipp
GER
99
74
0
0
0
74
€ 0
151
MURRAY Michael
USA
99
79
0
0
0
79
€ 0
151
PASTOR Jacobo
ESP
99
81
0
0
0
81
€ 0
151
QUESNE Julien
FRA
99
80
0
0
0
80
€ 0
151
SAINZ Javier
ESP
99
77
0
0
0
77
€ 0
156
SARACINO Andrea
ITA
99
0
0
0
0
0
€ 0