Ironman Steen Tinning wins his first European Senior Tour title

Danish golfer Steen Tinning celebrated his sixth appearance on the European Senior Tour with a win at the Berenberg Masters last week.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Following a flawless round of 69 giving him an aggregate of nine under par at Refrath, Germany, he was able to hold off German golfer and home favourite Bernhard Langer.

Tinning made his debut at the end of last year’s tour at the MCB Tour Championship held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

After a career plagued by accidents and injuries in his youth, Tinning has put his current Ironman training to good use to raise his fitness and as a result was able to join the European Senior Tour last year.

Bernhard Langer is currently leading the European Senior Tour Order of Merit 2013 and looks well placed for a place at the MCB Tour Championship this December.

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Wesselingh battles to Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open win

Paul Wesselingh has won his second tournament of the season following a dramatic play-off at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open with former MCB Champion Kevin Spurgeon.

Paul Wesselingh

Paul Wesselingh

The two British golfers battled it out on the Swiss Bad Ragaz course with Spurgeon ultimately drawing level with Wesselingh forcing the pair to play extra holes. It was only a birdie on the third extra hole, the 18th, which secured the win for Wesselingh.

Kevin Spurgeon is no stranger to dramatic battles having fought hard to win the MCB Tour Championship held in Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, back in 2009.

This latest win places Wesselingh at the top of the European Senior Tour Order of Merit after just four events this year.

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Count down to Mauritius golf championship begins

The 2013 European Senior Tour golf championship season kicked off to a dramatic start last week, with Peter Senior placing an impressive 11th place at the US Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive, Missouri.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The European Senior Tour will culminate in December with the MCB Tour Championship played on the Links and Legend golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

Also present at Bellerive was last year’s surprise US Senior PGA Championship winner, British golfer Roger Chapman. Despite attempts to defend his title Chapman finished a disappointing 79 to end in a share of 64th.

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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.

 

Top 5 golf blogs

As we celebrate the MCB Tour Championship this week at Constance Belle Mare Plage, gem up on all things golf with our choice of the top 5 golf blogs.

Mark Mouland, golfer

Mark Mouland, golfer

1. Golf Blogger UK
Includes all the latest news and dates of the major tours in the UK and worldwide. Also features golfing weather forecasts and Golfing World video news.

2. Sandbox8
A golf products’ review blog that goes much further to incorporate news, reviews, features and interviews as well as recommendations for other websites and blogs.

3. World Golf
Compiles some of the best bloggers writing about golf together on one site. Famous bloggers from The Accidental Golfer to Brandon Tucker are all here giving their views, news and reviews on the latest issues in the world of golf.

4. The Sand Trap
Regularly updated by different contributors, discussing everything from products and courses to whether it’s better to watch golf live or on high definition TV.

5. Life in the Rough
Popular blog by Mike Gray a passionate golfer hoping one day to fulfil his dream of becoming a golf pro. His chatty, lively style has drawn in readers from around the world to read his reviews, grumbles and tips.