Round up from MCB Tour Championship 2012

South African David Frost duly completed his expected victory in the 2012 MCB Tour Championship yesterday.

David Frost, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2012

David Frost, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2012

But the bare facts fail to reveal the drama and tension that added spice to the closing stages of the tournament.

After holding a six-stroke lead at one time in the final round, Frost was left facing a two-putt from 25 feet for birdie at the last to secure the title.

With Australian Peter Fowler in the clubhouse on 10-under-par, England’s Barry Lane chipped in from the fringe of the 18th green for eagle to join Fowler on 10 under.

The possibility of a three-way play-off entered the conversation around the gallery as the attention turned to the 53-year-old South African. It didn’t last long, though. His long putt crept past the cup, leaving him two-foot to negotiate for the title.

Drama at the 6th tee

It was a strangely inconsistent performance from a man who had been a model of consistency for more than two rounds – until he arrived on the 6th tee. At that stage he had moved to 15 under after birdies at the first and third.

But then, inexplicably, he pulled his drive at the par-five hole and the ball disappeared into dense undergrowth. After much deliberation, Frost decided to go back to the tee but his second attempt followed a similar line and came to rest just beyond the buggy path.

A chip out onto the fairway and an approach to just short of the green took Frost’s tally at the hole to five, and an approach and a two-putt gave him an eight.

Into the lead…

Now Frost had a lead of two strokes over American Tim Thelen and three over Lane.

At the eighth it was Lane’s turn to suffer, with a double-bogey eight, and at the ninth, Thelen overshot the green with his approach but took three to get up and down from the bunker.

Frost and Lane birdied the 10th hole to restore a four-stroke advantage for the South African but he immediately dropped another shot with a bogey while Lane holed a 20-foot putt for birdie.

It got no better for Frost at the 12th when he found water with his second shot and ended with a double bogey although Thelen also dropped a stroke.

Meanwhile, news filtered back that Fowler had moved to nine-under with a birdie four at 14.

The only change among the last team at the 13th was a bogey for Lane but at the 14th, both Frost and Thelen dropped shots.

Frost made birdie at 15 to go to 10-under and Lane did the same to go to eight-under.

At the short but deceptive 17th, Fowler grabbed the birdie that took him to 10 under and into a share of the lead with Frost.

A test of nerves

Now it was a real test of nerves but after drifting right and blocking himself out with his drive at 18, Fowler had no direct route to the putting surface.

He hit the green with his third shot and two-putted for par for a 68.

Waiting down the field was Frost, who was now only in a share of the lead, and Lane, two in arrears.

Just as he had done 2 years ago against Roger Chapman in the MCB Senior Open, Frost went for the shot the moment demanded, bravely sending a four-iron approach over the lake and onto the green.

Lane, meanwhile, showed equal aggression to fly the right-hand bunker and come to rest pin high but on the fringe.

An exquisite chip never left the hole and disappeared into the cup for eagle, a round of 70 and a 10-under-par result.

Now the stage belonged to the South African and, drawing on his last reserves of composure and concentration, the moment belonged to him.

Visit the MCB Tour Championship website for player profiles, scores and news.

 

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David Frost wins MCB Tour Championship 2012

South African David Frost completed his expected victory in the 2012 MCB Tour Championship but it took a birdie at the final hole to repulse the determined challenge of his rivals for the crown, Australian Peter Fowler and England’s Barry Lane.

David Frost wins MCB Tour Championship

David Frost wins MCB Tour Championship

A strangely inconsistent performance from the 53-year-old allowed Fowler to draw level with Frost after the 14th hole of the final round and an eagle three for Lane at the 18th hole took him to 10-under-par also, alongside Frost.

However, Frost’s two-putt birdie denied his rivals the opportunity of a play-off.

Find out the final scores, and more championship news from the Legend and Links golf courses on the MCB Tour Championship website.

Catch me if you can, says runaway leader David Frost

David Frost will take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round of the MCB Tour Championship after another efficient performance in the second round on the Constance Belle Mare Plage Legend course.

David Frost

David Frost

And with the 53-year-old South African in such ruthless form, the question being asked is can anyone catch him?

After opening with an eight-under-par 64 to lead compatriot Steve Van Vuuren by three strokes, Frost extended his lead with a competent five-under 67.

‘I hit a lot of good shots out there today,’ he said. ‘I really played well. I missed a couple of short putts but made some long ones, so it all evens itself out.’

That is not something his playing partners, American Tim Thelen and England’s Barry Lanewill want to hear.

They will have a close view of his game but that may not provide any inspiration, given the form he is in.

As Frost’s fellow countryman Van Vuuren fell away on the second day with a disappointing 73, it was Thelen who emerged as the closest rival.

He made three birdies and an eagle to match Frost’s 67 but lost the chance of a crucial birdie, or better, at the 18th when his pulled drive struck a tree and he had to settle for a par.

That said, Thelen is looking forward to the final round.

‘They are two great players and two great gentlemen,’ he said. ‘All I can do is play the best I can and see what happens.’

Lane starts the final round five strokes off the pace after a 66 that contained seven birdies in the final 13 holes.

He dropped a shot at the fourth but then his putter began to warm up and  he closed his round in impressive fashion.

One stroke back on seven under after a superb 68 is the phenomenon known as Jerry Bruner.  The veteran American made five birdies after a dropped shot at the fourth to lead the penultimate group that includes Rookie-of-the-Year Paul Wesselingh and last year’s order-of-merit champion Peter Fowler.

Englishman Wesselingh carded the day’s best score, a colourful seven-under 65 that included an eagle, at the par-five sixth, eight birdies and three bogeys.

Read more about Frost taking the lead on Day 1 of the MCB Tour Championship, or catch up on all the latest news from the event on the MCB Tour Championship website.

 

Birdie man Frost gets away to flying start at MCB

The MCB Tour Championship could be in danger of becoming a procession if South African David Frost produces another round of golf like his opener on the Belle Mare Plage Legend course today.

David Frost at MCB Tour Championship, Mauritius

David Frost

Frost, who was runner-up in the tournament to Tom Lehman 12 months ago and had won the MCB Senior Open over the same course in 2010, was on supreme form, making nine birdies on his way to a magnificent eight-under-par 64.

The 53-year-old who spends most of his time on the US Champions Tour, had only one blemish on his card as he built up a three-stroke lead to take into the second day. That was at the tricky par-four 12th, where he pulled his approach to the left of the green and failed to get up and down.

Otherwise, it was Frost at his most confident as he birdied four of the first six holes, added another at the eighth, picked up three more in a row from the 13th and rounded the performance off with birdie number nine at the 18th.

‘I am very happy with that,’ he said. ‘I made some nice putts and I got lucky with one from 35 feet at the third. Otherwise I hit the ball close and made the putts.

The Legend golf course

‘The greens are in fabulous condition and that made putting enjoyable. The course has improved a lot over the last two years and there is not so much grain on the greens as in the past. But ‘it’s never over until it’s over and I’ve played enough to know you can’t take anything for granted in this game.

Constance Legend golf course, Mauritius

Constance Legend golf course

‘Tom had a great start last year but I managed to catch him and had a chance to tie him on the last hole, and I came back against Roger Chapman and won in a play-off in 2010. I had been leading before that but then Roger put pressure on me.

‘That’s how the game can affect you. It’s a good start but I have to keep playing and stick to my game plan.”

Steve Van Vuuren in second spot

Another South African starts the second day tomorrow, Saturday 8 December, in second spot. Steve Van Vuuren signed for a five-under-par 67 that included six birdies and he said it was the change to a belly putter that had made the difference to his game. Van Vuuren followed the advice of Ian Woosnam and tried the putter out for the first time in the South African Senior Masters and promptly took the title.

‘I switched to a belly putter last week. It was the first time I had tried it and it worked nicely again today.’

Tim Thelen in 3rd

American Tim Thelen lies one stroke back in third place, despite being less than comfortable throughout most of his round of 68.
‘I’m pleased with my score. I putted well, otherwise I would not have had a 68,’ said the three-times 2012 winner who had a mixed card of seven birdies and three bogies.

‘I couldn’t find my swing for the first nine holes and it wasn’t until the 15th that it suddenly felt good and I finished much better with birdies at 17 and 18. If I can start that way in the morning I’ll be a lot happier.’

Popular American Jerry Bruner sent out a reminder that there is still life in the old dog yet with a creditable three-under-par 69 to share fourth place with Australian Peter Fowler and Englishmen George Ryall and John Gould.

Tough start for Lehman and Chapman

But there were disappointing starts for favourite Tom Lehman and double Major winner Roger Chapman. There were five birdies for Chapman but an ugly double-bogey at the 12th spoiled a promising card and he finished at two-under, level with Barry Lane who is aiming to consolidate his position in second place in the order-of-merit.

And defending champion Lehman had a difficult time on the greens, relying on a final-hole birdie to finish with a one-under-par 71.

‘I didn’t putt well. It was as simple as that. I was playing pretty well, except for hitting a bad three-iron at 16, but all the other
bogies were three-putts. I found the greens faster than last year and it was difficult for me. But I won with a 71 in the last round a year ago so there’s a glimmer of hope.’

Catch up with all the news from the championship on the MCB Tour Championship website.

Winner of our golf competition to win a Kindle Fire

Thanks to everyone who entered our Facebook golf competition to win a Kindle Fire.

This week we were at Hole 7 on the Constance Legend golf course. The ball is plugged in the bunker, with 10m to the flag and the wind is coming strongly from the right.

Watch the short video of our golf pro playing each of the 3 shots, and find out which one gets closest to the flag.

And the winner is…..

Congratulations to this week’s winner Joanne Wildhaber. We’ll be in contact with you very soon to arrange delivering your prize of a Kindle Fire.

Last week’s results

If you missed the results from the last 4 weeks, visit our Facebook page to watch the videos and find out which shots were correct.

MCB Tour Championship

The MCB Tour Championship is currently taking place at Constance Belle Mare Plage, from 7-9 December. Catch up with all the latest news, draws and results on the MCB Tour Championship website.