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:

Wesselingh named European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year

As we countdown to the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage next week, Paul Wesselingh has been named the European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year.

Tom Wesselingh

Tom Wesselingh

Describing it as the highlight of his career, Wesselingh is now 5th in the Order of Merit as he heads to Mauritius for the finale of the season.

Read more on the European Tour website about Tom Wesselingh’s road to success, and watch this space for regular stories and scores from the MCB Tour Championship taking place from 7-10 December.

Find out more about Constance Belle Mare Plage on our website.

Tom Lehman sounds a warning to MCB Tour Championship hopefuls

Tom Lehman has just ensured that there will be some sleepless nights among his challengers for the MCB Tour Championship next month as they strive to discover a way of overcoming him.

Lehman wins Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman

On his first visit to Mauritius a year ago, Lehman emerged victorious on the Legend course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage and he will arrive back on the island in arguably the best form of his life after destroying a quality field in the USPGA Champions Tour finale, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, this weekend.

The tournament, just held on 1-4 November 2012 at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, is the American equivalent of the MCB Tour Championship.

The 53 year old Lehman left the likes of Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, David Frost and Corey Pavin chasing his shadow with a final round five-under-par 65 that left him with a six-stroke advantage at the close.

The $440,000 that Lehman picked up for a thoroughly clinical performance secured his place at the top of the Champions Tour order-of-merit for the second year in succession, making him the first player in the Tour’s history to achieve the feat.

Englishman Roger Chapman, winner of two Senior Majors this year, finished a highly creditable fourth in the season’s rankings after a disappointing final day at Scottsdale.

But it was Lehman who occupied centre stage in the latter part of the tournament. He trailed on the first 2 days after his rounds of 68 and 62 were eclipsed by the 66 and 60 of Jay Haas. But the man from Minnesota began to exert his authority in round 3 with a 63 and started the last day a shot ahead of Couples and two in front of Haas.

That was as close as anyone got to Lehman in the final round as he strode majestically to victory.

In the process, he served notice of intent to anyone good enough or brave enough to take him on in Mauritius. Now there’s an invitation.

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Golf: Tom Lehman wins MCB Tour Championship

 

Tom Lehman, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2011

Tom Lehman, winner of MCB Tour Championship 2011

American Tom Lehman made his first visit to Mauritius a memorable one by
fending off a late challenge from South African David Frost to win the
inaugural MCB Tour Championship on the Belle Mare Plage Legend course.

Read all about the day’s exciting climax to the MCB Tour Championship.

Golf: Highlights from MCB Tour Championship – 9 December 2011

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

As the temperature rises in Mauritius, our golf journalist Neil Webber brings you the latest highlights from the MCB Tour Championship 2011.

Tom Lehman displayed many of the qualities that have characterised past triumphs when he took command of the opening round of the MCB Tour Championship yesterday.

The 1996 British Open champion and Ryder Cup veteran kept his cool as the temperature soared to produce a near-faultless performance on the Constance Belle Mare Plage Legend course.

Latest results and other highlights

Read more and find out the latest results from the MCB Tour Championship 2011 website.

Golf pro tips videos

Improve your game – learn from pro Vishnoo Seeneevassen how to make the perfect shots:

Golf: Highlights from MCB Tour Championship 7 December 2011

Mike Maclean and Phil Golding

Mike Mclean and Phil Golding

As the MCB Tour Championship gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage, our golf journalist, Neil Webber is keeping you up-to-date with the latest happenings from the Legend and Links golf courses.

Local knowledge proved invaluable in the first round of the Constance Hotels Pro-Am as resident professional Vishnoo Seeneevassen led his all-Mauritian team to top spot in the Net section at the Links.

Find out more from the MCB Tour Championship website. You can watch Vishnoo in action with our videos of golf pro tips.

Two familiar faces were in evidence on the Legend course yesterday when former Mauritius Open champions Mike McLean and Phil Golding made guest appearances in the Constance Hotels Pro-Am.

As Barry Lane and Peter Fowler go head-to-head for the John Jacobs Trophy in this week’s MCB Tour Championship, we take a closer look at the leading two players on the European Senior Tour Order of Merit.

Frenchman Marc Farry is bidding for a sentimental double at this week’s MCB Tour Championship as he attempts to win a second European Senior Tour event he has helped to organise. Farry has been attached to host venue Constance Belle Mare Plage for the past ten years and was instrumental in attracting the Senior Tour to Mauritius in December 2009 for the Mauritius Commercial Bank Open, which paved the way for the 2011 season-ending MCB Tour Championship.