European Challenge Tour

Rolex Trophy 2018

August 22-25

Golf Club de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

€250,000

August 22-25

Golf Club de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

€250,000

Round 4

Rolex Trophy success seals Koivu’s European Tour card

August 25, 2018

Kim Koivu claimed his third European Challenge Tour victory of the season by six shots at the Rolex Trophy, securing himself European Tour status in the process.

Rolex Trophy success seals Koivu’s European Tour card, © Rolex

- Rolex

The Finn carded a final day five under par round of 67, adding to his previous rounds of 62-65-72 to claim the historic title at Golf Club de Genève and complete a remarkable eight months since he turned professional in December 2017.

Koivu, who won in China at the start of the year and Finland earlier this month, quickly moved away from overnight co-leader Marcel Schneider as he carded five birdies in his first six holes. The German could not keep up with Koivu as he dropped shots, while the 27 year old made another gain on the ninth to move six shots ahead at the turn.

A bogey on the 11th did not rock Koivu’s rhythm as he bounced back with a birdie on 14. Even a final dropped shot on the 17th could not wipe the smile from the Finn’s face as he sealed victory and his European Tour card with a two-putt par on the last.

“It sounds awesome to be the Rolex Trophy champion. It’s what I came here to do, and I’ve done it, so I’m very, very happy,” he said.

“I don’t know if I’m going to continue playing on the Challenge Tour or play European Tour events. It’s up to my team and I to decide, so we’ll see, but I don’t know yet.

“This was probably the most emotional win. I felt very tired over the last couple of days because this is my fifth week in a row and I’ve been in contention at a few of them.

“A lot of things went through my head on the front nine, but I put those thoughts aside, and I’m very, very happy at the moment. I can’t put into words what this means.

“Every time you shoot five under you are going to be happy. I knew I had to start with a lot of birdies today. Yesterday my wedges were off by a long way but today I hit a lot of good ones, getting them close, and made the putts.”

Schneider claimed the runner-up spot after his one over par round of 73, while Grant Forrest shot a bogey-free round of 66, six under par, to leap up the leaderboard and claim third one shot ahead of Minkyu Kim and Simon Forsström. Joel Girrbach was the closest Swiss challenger and finished in a share of sixth on 13 under par with Daan Huizing.

Pos. Player
Nat.
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize Money
1 KOIVU Kim
FIN
-22
62
65
72
67
266
€ 30,150
2 SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-16
67
65
67
73
272
€ 22,150
3 FORREST Grant
SCO
-15
71
70
66
66
273
€ 15,150
4 FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
-14
69
70
71
64
274
€ 11,150
4 KIM Minkyu
KOR
-14
70
66
69
69
274
€ 11,150
6 GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
-13
69
69
67
70
275
€ 8,630
6 HUIZING Daan
NED
-13
70
70
68
67
275
€ 8,630
8 GAGLI Lorenzo
ITA
-12
71
71
64
70
276
€ 6,630
8 STOW Ben
ENG
-12
69
68
69
70
276
€ 6,630
8 VIRTO Borja
ESP
-12
73
71
66
66
276
€ 6,630
11 ARNAUS Adri
ESP
-11
73
67
67
70
277
€ 5,180
11 GEYGER Nico
CHI
-11
65
70
71
71
277
€ 5,180
11 ORRIN Max
ENG
-11
70
68
71
68
277
€ 5,180
11 PAPADATOS Dimitrios
AUS
-11
69
68
69
71
277
€ 5,180
15 BESSELING Wil
NED
-10
70
72
69
67
278
€ 4,130
15 FIGUEIREDO Pedro
POR
-10
68
68
69
73
278
€ 4,130
15 PEREZ Victor
FRA
-10
69
73
68
68
278
€ 4,130
15 SINGH BRAR Jack
ENG
-10
68
73
69
68
278
€ 4,130
19 SAMOOJA Kalle
FIN
-9
69
71
66
73
279
€ 3,630
20 ITEN Marco
SUI
-8
70
73
66
71
280
€ 3,283
20 JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-8
72
69
66
73
280
€ 3,283
20 MANLEY Stuart
WAL
-8
70
75
70
65
280
€ 3,283
20 SENIOR Jack
ENG
-8
72
68
70
70
280
€ 3,283
24 LAW David
SCO
-7
70
69
71
71
281
€ 3,080
25 SODERBERG Sebastian
SWE
-6
65
76
70
71
282
€ 3,030
26 KARLSSON Anton
SWE
-5
70
71
74
68
283
€ 2,970
26 LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-5
70
72
74
67
283
€ 2,970
28 TILEY Steven
ENG
-4
68
72
71
73
284
€ 2,905
28 WILSON Oliver
ENG
-4
70
69
71
74
284
€ 2,905
30 FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-3
70
73
69
73
285
€ 2,885
30 JOHANNESSEN Kristian Krogh
NOR
-3
71
73
69
72
285
€ 2,885
32 VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-1
69
70
77
71
287
€ 2,870
33 JOHNSTON Liam
SCO
0
69
77
68
74
288
€ 2,850
33 MACINTYRE Robert
SCO
0
68
78
72
70
288
€ 2,850
33 ROZNER Antoine
FRA
0
74
71
72
71
288
€ 2,850
36 MEJOW Philipp
GER
1
72
72
75
70
289
€ 2,830
37 HANSEN Joachim B.
DEN
2
72
72
75
71
290
€ 2,815
37 McGOWAN Ross
ENG
2
67
78
72
73
290
€ 2,815
39 HOEY Michael
NIR
3
75
73
71
72
291
€ 2,800
40 LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
9
75
76
76
70
297
€ 2,790
Pos. Player
Nat.
To Par
Total
Prize Money
1 KOIVU Kim
FIN
-22
266
€ 30,150
2 SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-16
272
€ 22,150
3 FORREST Grant
SCO
-15
273
€ 15,150
4 FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
-14
274
€ 11,150
4 KIM Minkyu
KOR
-14
274
€ 11,150
6 GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
-13
275
€ 8,630
6 HUIZING Daan
NED
-13
275
€ 8,630
8 GAGLI Lorenzo
ITA
-12
276
€ 6,630
8 STOW Ben
ENG
-12
276
€ 6,630
8 VIRTO Borja
ESP
-12
276
€ 6,630
11 ARNAUS Adri
ESP
-11
277
€ 5,180
11 GEYGER Nico
CHI
-11
277
€ 5,180
11 ORRIN Max
ENG
-11
277
€ 5,180
11 PAPADATOS Dimitrios
AUS
-11
277
€ 5,180
15 BESSELING Wil
NED
-10
278
€ 4,130
15 FIGUEIREDO Pedro
POR
-10
278
€ 4,130
15 PEREZ Victor
FRA
-10
278
€ 4,130
15 SINGH BRAR Jack
ENG
-10
278
€ 4,130
19 SAMOOJA Kalle
FIN
-9
279
€ 3,630
20 ITEN Marco
SUI
-8
280
€ 3,283
20 JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-8
280
€ 3,283
20 MANLEY Stuart
WAL
-8
280
€ 3,283
20 SENIOR Jack
ENG
-8
280
€ 3,283
24 LAW David
SCO
-7
281
€ 3,080
25 SODERBERG Sebastian
SWE
-6
282
€ 3,030
26 KARLSSON Anton
SWE
-5
283
€ 2,970
26 LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-5
283
€ 2,970
28 TILEY Steven
ENG
-4
284
€ 2,905
28 WILSON Oliver
ENG
-4
284
€ 2,905
30 FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-3
285
€ 2,885
30 JOHANNESSEN Kristian Krogh
NOR
-3
285
€ 2,885
32 VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-1
287
€ 2,870
33 JOHNSTON Liam
SCO
0
288
€ 2,850
33 MACINTYRE Robert
SCO
0
288
€ 2,850
33 ROZNER Antoine
FRA
0
288
€ 2,850
36 MEJOW Philipp
GER
1
289
€ 2,830
37 HANSEN Joachim B.
DEN
2
290
€ 2,815
37 McGOWAN Ross
ENG
2
290
€ 2,815
39 HOEY Michael
NIR
3
291
€ 2,800
40 LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
9
297
€ 2,790