Swiss Challenge R4

Sweet success for Santos in Switzerland

June 06-09
Golf Sempach, Lucerne, Switzerland
€185,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Ricardo Santos returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in seven years as he claimed the Swiss Challenge Presented by Swiss Golf title with a superb six under par 65 on the final day at Golf Sempachersee, Lucerne.

Sweet success for Santos in Switzerland, © Emanuel Stotzer
© Emanuel Stotzer

The Portuguese carded a 15 under par total thanks to rounds of 65-68-71-65 and finished one shot clear of Germany’s Moritz Lampert and England’s Richard Bland on a cold and rainy day in the Swiss mountains.

In stark contrast to the scorching sunshine of day three, the final round asked different questions of the players and it was Santos who had all the answers.

He began his round with four successive birdies followed by his only bogey of the day on the fifth hole, before adding three more gains on the back nine to secure his first victory since his emotional Madeira Islands Open – Portugal triumph in 2012.


“I feel amazing,” he said. “I haven’t won a Challenge Tour event or European Tour event since 2012 so it feels really nice. I feel amazing following this win and it was a great day; I can’t feel better than that.

“I’ve felt like my game has been in really good shape this season, so I thought if I play like that then I have a really good chance of winning.

“Even in Brno at the Czech Challenge, I played really solid golf and then I played amazing golf this week too. I had the feeling that it was coming soon.”

The 36-year-old, who came second at the D+D REAL Czech Challenge last time out, enjoyed a battle with England’s Bland during the final round and the Portuguese believes playing with someone on the top of their game helped him to remain focused.

“Today was a tough day because the rain caused the ball not to fly as it did on the first three days,” he said.

“Me and Richard started really solid and made a couple of birdies in a row. It put pressure on me on 17 when he made a huge putt.

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“I think when you play with a good player and that player plays well, it makes you keep your focus. It helps you because you don’t have to go in the rough looking for other players’ balls and it helps the round go faster. I think it’s easier to play like that.”

Mathieu Fenasse finished fourth on 13 under par, which further strengthens his position inside the top 15 on the Order of Merit, while overnight co-leader Christopher Blomstrand, Oliver Farr and Ben Stow finished in a tie for fifth on 12 under par.

Scotland’s Connor Syme and France’s Julien Quesne, who came into the final round in a tie for the lead with Blomstrand and Oliver Lindell, shared eighth place on 11 under par, with Ewen Ferguson completing the top ten with a final round 66 meaning he reached ten under par.

With victory in Lucerne, Santos jumps to second place on the Order of Merit with 53,565 points, with Bland and Lampert moving up to fourth and 15th, respectively, following their runner-up finishes.


Pos.
Player
Nat.
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize Money
1
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-15
65
68
71
65
269
€ 29,600
2
BLAND Richard
ENG
-14
69
65
70
66
270
€ 16,650
2
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
-14
66
68
71
65
270
€ 16,650
4
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-13
67
68
69
67
271
€ 11,100
5
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
-12
66
64
72
70
272
€ 7,523
5
FARR Oliver
WAL
-12
71
68
66
67
272
€ 7,523
5
STOW Ben
ENG
-12
68
68
69
67
272
€ 7,523
8
QUESNE Julien
FRA
-11
70
64
68
71
273
€ 4,810
8
SYME Connor
SCO
-11
67
70
66
70
273
€ 4,810
10
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-10
72
67
69
66
274
€ 4,070
11
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
-9
66
71
69
69
275
€ 3,608
11
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
-9
66
69
67
73
275
€ 3,608
13
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-8
68
70
67
71
276
€ 3,145
13
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
-8
72
68
69
67
276
€ 3,145
13
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-8
68
65
74
69
276
€ 3,145
16
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-7
67
72
72
66
277
€ 2,590
16
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-7
67
72
66
72
277
€ 2,590
16
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-7
71
69
68
69
277
€ 2,590
19
HILL Calum
SCO
-6
69
66
69
74
278
€ 2,128
19
HUIZING Daan
NED
-6
69
72
68
69
278
€ 2,128
21
BOOTE David
WAL
-5
70
71
68
70
279
€ 1,818
21
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-5
69
70
73
67
279
€ 1,818
21
KIM Minkyu
KOR
-5
63
74
73
69
279
€ 1,818
21
LINARD Thomas
FRA
-5
67
74
68
70
279
€ 1,818
25
ARIZABALETA Alvaro
COL
-4
67
72
74
67
280
€ 1,573
25
CANTER Laurie
ENG
-4
72
66
71
71
280
€ 1,573
25
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
-4
68
70
74
68
280
€ 1,573
25
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-4
67
74
70
69
280
€ 1,573
25
POKE Benjamin
DEN
-4
75
65
71
69
280
€ 1,573
25
RUSCH Benjamin
SUI
-4
68
71
70
71
280
€ 1,573
25
STEWART Duncan
SCO
-4
66
69
72
73
280
€ 1,573
25
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-4
70
71
69
70
280
€ 1,573
33
GARCIA-HEREDIA Alfredo
ESP
-3
72
69
73
67
281
€ 1,388
33
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-3
70
70
71
70
281
€ 1,388
35
AGUILAR Felipe
CHI
-2
67
71
75
69
282
€ 1,277
35
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-2
72
69
77
64
282
€ 1,277
35
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-2
68
70
74
70
282
€ 1,277
35
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-2
68
73
70
71
282
€ 1,277
39
BESSELING Wil
NED
-1
67
69
74
73
283
€ 1,147
39
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
-1
71
68
74
70
283
€ 1,147
39
GREGORY Scott
ENG
-1
70
67
75
71
283
€ 1,147
42
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
0
66
67
77
74
284
€ 944
42
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
0
71
68
72
73
284
€ 944
42
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
0
69
69
71
75
284
€ 944
42
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
0
71
70
76
67
284
€ 944
42
NEIL Bradley
SCO
0
73
67
69
75
284
€ 944
42
NILEHN Fredrik
SWE
0
67
71
72
74
284
€ 944
42
STARK Oscar
SWE
0
71
70
72
71
284
€ 944
42
SUCHAN Daniel
CZE
0
63
74
71
76
284
€ 944
50
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
1
68
69
72
76
285
€ 735
50
CLEMENTS Todd
ENG
1
71
70
74
70
285
€ 735
50
EGGENBERGER Mathias
SUI
1
70
70
72
73
285
€ 735
50
EVANS Ryan
ENG
1
70
67
76
72
285
€ 735
54
KELLY Sean
USA
2
70
70
74
72
286
€ 675
54
ZUNIC Jordan
AUS
2
65
73
78
70
286
€ 675
56
ITEN Marco
SUI
3
65
73
77
72
287
€ 638
56
MAZZOLI (AM) Stefano
ITA
3
74
67
76
70
287
€ 0
56
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
3
72
69
76
70
287
€ 638
59
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
4
68
71
74
75
288
€ 611
60
DAYDOU Alexandre
FRA
5
73
68
74
74
289
€ 574
60
FORD Matt
ENG
5
67
74
76
72
289
€ 574
60
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
5
69
69
76
75
289
€ 574
63
DI NITTO Enrico
ITA
6
70
70
74
76
290
€ 527
63
KEYSER Mathiam
RSA
6
70
71
75
74
290
€ 527
65
TILEY Steven
ENG
8
67
74
77
74
292
€ 490
65
VECCHI FOSSA Jacopo
ITA
8
67
72
78
75
292
€ 490
67
CEA Michele
ITA
0
75
67
0
0
142
€ 0
67
DAWSON Robin
IRL
0
72
70
0
0
142
€ 0
67
ECCLES Ben
AUS
0
69
73
0
0
142
€ 0
67
ERIKSSON Martin
SWE
0
72
70
0
0
142
€ 0
67
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
0
67
75
0
0
142
€ 0
67
KOEPKA Chase
USA
0
69
73
0
0
142
€ 0
67
LOPES Vitor
POR
0
71
71
0
0
142
€ 0
67
ORRIN Max
ENG
0
69
73
0
0
142
€ 0
67
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
0
72
70
0
0
142
€ 0
67
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
0
69
73
0
0
142
€ 0
77
BERARDO Clément
FRA
1
68
75
0
0
143
€ 0
77
CARLOTA Joao
POR
1
75
68
0
0
143
€ 0
77
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
1
72
71
0
0
143
€ 0
77
HØJGAARD Nicolai
DEN
1
69
74
0
0
143
€ 0
77
KNAPPE Alexander
GER
1
68
75
0
0
143
€ 0
77
MICHAEL Anthony
RSA
1
73
70
0
0
143
€ 0
77
RIU Victor
FRA
1
69
74
0
0
143
€ 0
84
DEAN Joe
ENG
2
69
75
0
0
144
€ 0
84
EASTON Bryce
RSA
2
69
75
0
0
144
€ 0
84
GERHARDSEN (AM) Nicola
SUI
2
74
70
0
0
144
€ 0
84
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
2
71
73
0
0
144
€ 0
84
GREHAN Stuart
IRL
2
71
73
0
0
144
€ 0
84
KÖLBING Jonas
GER
2
70
74
0
0
144
€ 0
84
LAFEBER Maarten
NED
2
72
72
0
0
144
€ 0
84
MADDY Paul
ENG
2
70
74
0
0
144
€ 0
84
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
2
70
74
0
0
144
€ 0
84
MCGEE Ruaidhri
IRL
2
74
70
0
0
144
€ 0
84
RUUSKA Lauri
FIN
2
69
75
0
0
144
€ 0
84
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
2
72
72
0
0
144
€ 0
84
YOUNG Mark
ENG
2
73
71
0
0
144
€ 0
97
ETTLIN (AM) Loic
SUI
3
77
68
0
0
145
€ 0
97
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
3
75
70
0
0
145
€ 0
97
GALLIANO Luca
SUI
3
72
73
0
0
145
€ 0
97
GRANT Stephen
IRL
3
77
68
0
0
145
€ 0
97
HOWIE Craig
SCO
3
71
74
0
0
145
€ 0
97
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
3
71
74
0
0
145
€ 0
97
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
3
69
76
0
0
145
€ 0
97
SAXTON Reinier
NED
3
76
69
0
0
145
€ 0
97
WRISDALE Jordan
ENG
3
73
72
0
0
145
€ 0
106
COHEN Perry
SUI
4
75
71
0
0
146
€ 0
106
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
4
67
79
0
0
146
€ 0
106
FOOS Dominic
GER
4
71
75
0
0
146
€ 0
106
HANSON Chris
ENG
4
76
70
0
0
146
€ 0
106
IM Daniel
USA
4
78
68
0
0
146
€ 0
106
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
4
70
76
0
0
146
€ 0
106
SARACINO Andrea
ITA
4
73
73
0
0
146
€ 0
106
SPOONER Billy
ENG
4
78
68
0
0
146
€ 0
106
TRAPPEL Manuel
AUT
4
74
72
0
0
146
€ 0
106
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
4
72
74
0
0
146
€ 0
116
ELVIRA Manuel
ESP
5
72
75
0
0
147
€ 0
116
GLOET Christian
DEN
5
70
77
0
0
147
€ 0
116
GRADECKI Mateusz
POL
5
71
76
0
0
147
€ 0
116
GUGLER (AM) Cédric
SUI
5
72
75
0
0
147
€ 0
116
PFEIFFER Yann
SUI
5
69
78
0
0
147
€ 0
116
WEPPERNIG Philippe
SUI
5
71
76
0
0
147
€ 0
116
WIDEGREN Pontus
SWE
5
75
72
0
0
147
€ 0
123
DE LA RIVA Eduardo
ESP
6
74
74
0
0
148
€ 0
123
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON Mathieu
FRA
6
75
73
0
0
148
€ 0
123
FORD Charlie
ENG
6
75
73
0
0
148
€ 0
123
FREIBURGHAUS Jeremy
SUI
6
73
75
0
0
148
€ 0
123
HELLIGKILDE Marcus
DEN
6
73
75
0
0
148
€ 0
123
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
6
77
71
0
0
148
€ 0
123
MOHR Marcus
ENG
6
74
74
0
0
148
€ 0
123
NOSEDA (AM) Alessandro
SUI
6
72
76
0
0
148
€ 0
131
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
7
72
77
0
0
149
€ 0
131
GEYGER Nico
CHI
7
73
76
0
0
149
€ 0
131
MERONK Adrian
POL
7
72
77
0
0
149
€ 0
131
OVESEN Martin
DEN
7
74
75
0
0
149
€ 0
131
PEACOCK Daniel
NIR
7
72
77
0
0
149
€ 0
136
LANGFORS Per
SWE
8
78
72
0
0
150
€ 0
136
OLSEN Aksel
NOR
8
75
75
0
0
150
€ 0
136
STALTER Joël
FRA
8
78
72
0
0
150
€ 0
139
DOBIAS Marc
SUI
9
73
78
0
0
151
€ 0
139
SVANBERG Fredrik
SUI
9
76
75
0
0
151
€ 0
139
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
9
74
77
0
0
151
€ 0
139
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
9
77
74
0
0
151
€ 0
143
EL HALI Karim
MAR
10
72
80
0
0
152
€ 0
144
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
11
74
79
0
0
153
€ 0
145
LEITMANNSTETTER Aaron
GER
12
78
76
0
0
154
€ 0
145
STAL Gary
FRA
12
74
80
0
0
154
€ 0
147
MEJOW Philipp
GER
13
72
83
0
0
155
€ 0
148
BURNIER Jean-Luc
SUI
14
73
83
0
0
156
€ 0
148
CALDERON Matias
CHI
14
76
80
0
0
156
€ 0
148
VIRTO Borja
ESP
14
76
80
0
0
156
€ 0
151
SHIM Jaewoo
KOR
15
75
82
0
0
157
€ 0
151
WITTMANN Sebastian
AUT
15
83
74
0
0
157
€ 0
153
ROCHDI Soufiane
MAR
20
81
81
0
0
162
€ 0
154
NEUMAYER Bernard
AUT
21
82
81
0
0
163
€ 0
155
FRANCIONI Roberto
SUI
24
85
81
0
0
166
€ 0
156
MURRAY Michael
USA
34
83
93
0
0
176
€ 0