Casey Jarvis shot the low round of the day – and the second-lowest of the tournament – on Sunday as he marched up the leaderboard to a share of seventh after the final round of the Challenge Tour’s Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A at Club de Golf Alcanada, Port d’Alcúdia in Mallorca, Spain.
Jarvis made an eagle, four birdies and a bogey on his way to a five-under-par 67 in a tournament where tough weather conditions saw only Frederic Lacroix of France go lower with his 65 in the second round. Jarvis climbed one-over-par for the tournament, and he was 11 strokes behind the winner, Marco Penge of England.
And, critically, he locked up his playing privileges for the DP World Tour next year, climbing from third to second on the Road to Mallorca rankings, the list from which the top 20 players win their cards. In fact, had he finished just one shot better, Jarvis would have topped that list.
Also graduating to the DP World – in his case, back onto the tour – was Brandon Stone, who finished the tournament in a share of 11th. That saw him finish in 19th place, with Stuart Manley of Wales in 21st the last man in as Alex Fitzpatrick in 11th had already secured his card on the DP World Tour.
Jarvis, who only turned 20 in July, is being tipped for a successful future in the game after proving a consistent force in his debut campaign on the Challenge Tour.
After finishing as the Sunshine Tour rookie of the year for 2022-23, the South African picked up his first Challenge Tour win at the Euram Bank Open in Austria in July.
That breakthrough triumph came after he registered three runner-up finishes earlier in the season, including in back-to-back events in Denmark and the Czech Republic.
Penge, who was in 60th in the Rankings before his maiden win at the Open de Portugal six weeks ago, finished just seven points ahead of Jarvis, with Spaniard Manuel Elvira finishing third. Frenchman Ugo Coussaud graduated in fourth place with Swedish duo Jesper Svensson and Adam Blommé finishing fifth and sixth respectively.
Italian Lorenzo Scalise earns promotion in seventh place, with fellow countrymen Andrea Pavan – a two-time DP World Tour winner – and Matteo Manassero – a four-time DP World Tour winner and the youngest in DP World Tour history – returning to Europe’s top tier in eighth and ninth.
Portuguese Ricardo Gouveia finished 10th on the Road to Mallorca Rankings and England’s Fitzpatrick 11th. Vaillant climbed 21 places to 12th following his second-place finish in Mallorca, with fellow Frenchman Lacroix finishing third this week to move up to 13th.
Italian Francesco Laporta returns to the DP World Tour in 14th, Englishman Will Enefer earns his first promotion in 15th and Spaniard Ivan Cantero goes up in 16th.
Englishman Sam Bairstow made a final day move, up five places to 18th with a fourth place finish. Stone, a two-time DP World Tour winner, is 19th, German Maximilian Rottluff who has won twice on the Challenge Tour this season is 20th and Welshman Stuart Manley takes the final available card on offer.