David Dixon will look to build on his impressive 15th place in Turin last week by winning the Aa Saint-Omer Open in Normandy, in northern France for a second time.
With the main stars of the European Tour away at The Congressional for the US Open or taking a week off, this week’s co-sanctioned European and Challenge Tour event provides ample opportunity for someone to gain a one-year European Tour card for next season.
Dixon, who clinched the title back in 2008 with a narrow one-shot victory over Christian Nilsson, believes he has every chance of becoming the first player to do the double in Lumbres.
“I’ve done well at Saint-Omer in the past and I’m playing nicely at the moment,” said Dixon, who shot 14-under at the Italian Open.
“I feel like I can have a right good go at trying to win it again, which would take the pressure off the rest of the season.”
Defending champion Martin Wiegele returns to the scene of his maiden European Tour triumph, while in-form Jose-Filipe Lima, who won in 2004, starts as favourite.
Aa Saint-Omer Open
Aa Saint-Omer GC, Lumbres, France
Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19
Par-71; 6,846 yards
€600,000 (winner: €100,000)
Martin Wiegele (-7)
Lowest score for 72 holes: 269 Brett Rumford (2003)
Did you know?
It is the only dual ranking tournament of the season, where half the field is taken from the European Tour and half from the Challenge Tour – the winner receives a one year European Tour exemption.