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Rolex chimes for big Ben

You always remember the first and Byeong-Hun An will definitely never forget the Challenge Tour’s 2014 Rolex Trophy in Switzerland.

Considering the intense pressure, the South Korean fired an unbelievable last-round 64 to claim his maiden professional title and with it serve notice of an emerging and already glittering talent.

Winning may not have been the principal focus when Byeong-Hun set off for his walk towards destiny because he was seven shots adrift, but eight birdies saw him turn a deficit into huge credit and he eventually triumphed by three shots to become the Challenge Tour’s first Korean winner.

It was also a good week in Geneva for Matt Fitzpatrick because 11th place there ensured that if he has to go to Qualifying School this year, he will not have to start at the first stage. I like the way he is progressing steadily so soon after turning professional.

Garrick Porteous, another of our former outstanding amateurs, is also looking more and more comfortable in professional company as he showed at the D+D REAL Czech Masters. He tied stablemate Scott Jamieson for ninth place to record his first European Tour top ten. I am convinced it will be the first of very many.

It’s good to see Tommy Fleetwood on the up again and his fifth place in the Czech Republic was his fourth top ten and I’m sure he’ll go better before the end of the season.

It was also good to see Peter Uihlein showing some good form again after a mid-season blip and he will be encouraged by his top 20 showing alongside Danny Willett, while Kevin Phelan and Gregory Bourdy were not far behind.

Now I’m in Italy where Darren Clarke will make a welcome return to European Tour action having resigned his US Tour membership so that he can concentrate on tournaments closer to his Northern Ireland base.

It should be a great week with plenty to play for.

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