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.

 

Daily catch up from the MCB Tour Championship

As the clock ticks to tee off on Friday 7 December, when the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage gets underway, we’re bringing you daily updates from the Legend golf course.

Roger Chapman at MCB Tour Championship, Mauritius

Roger Chapman

Get the inside track on who’s who at the championship with our daily golf gazette

Take a look at the full draw for round 1 at the MCB Tour Championship, where Roger Chapman and defending champion Tom Lehman have been paired together.

And for more news and daily articles, visit the MCB Tour Championship website.

 

Chapman and Lehman paired together

Roger Chapman’s coronation as European Senior Tour Number One at the MCB Tour Championship will start alongside defending champion Tom Lehman and former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane.

John Jacobs Trophy

Tom Lehman at MCB Tour Championship

Tom Lehman

Double Senior Major Champion Chapman will receive the John Jacobs Trophy at Constance Belle Mare Plage after sealing the Senior Tour Order of Merit title, starting the event with an unassailable €100,382 lead over Lane, who is trying to finish runner up for the second consecutive year.

Lehman won the MCB Tour Championship title last year by one stroke from South African David Frost, and the American will be looking for a similarly fast start to 12 months ago when he opened with a seven under par 65 to establish a first round lead of three shots.

Tee off on Friday 7 December

The trio will tee off at 10.50am on Friday and will be followed at 11.00am by the group of Frost, 2011 Order of Merit winner Peter Fowler and Tim Thelen, the American who is third in this year’s money list.

Englishman Paul Wesselingh, the winner of the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship, is trying to overtake Fowler and break into the top four on the Order of Merit, and he will begin the final event of the 2012 season alongside SSE Scottish Senior Open winner Anders Forsbrand and Gary Wolstenholme, a two-time winner this year. Read more about Paul Wesselingh being named rookie of the year.

Denmark’s Steen Tinning kicks-off his Senior Tour career alongside Australian Mike Harwood and  Welshman Mark Mouland.

Read more on the European Senior Tour and MCB Tour Championship websites.

 

European Senior Tour finale underway in Mauritius

The curtain comes down on the 2012 European Senior Tour campaign this week, with Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius hosting the season-ending MCB Tour Championship.

David Frost

David Frost

Catch up with what’s happened so far:

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Stage is set for the MCB Tour Championship

Top golfers are arriving in Mauritius as they gear up to play in the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage next weekend.

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Legend golf course

Events begin from 3 December, with the main championship taking place from 7-9 December.

Top players from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean will be lining up at the Constance Legend course for a shot at Tom Lehman’s crown.

Among the field of 48 who will tee off for the first round on Friday 7 December will be a host of title winners from the past 12 months, two order-of-merit champions, a past Open Championship victor and five former Ryder Cup selections.

We’ll be bringing you updates, stories and scores from the championship as the event unfolds.

Read more about the championship and find out who’ll be playing in Mauritius: