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.

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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.

Golf: Highlights from MCB Tour Championship 6 December 2011

The MCB Tour Championship gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius on 9 December. Our golf journalist, Neil Webber is keeping you up-to-date this week with the latest happenings from the Legend and Links golf courses.

Links golf course

Links golf course

Here are highlights from Tuesday 6 December. Find out more from the official website for the MCB Tour Championship

Regular visitors to the Constance Belle Mare Plage may have noticed a number of subtle design changes since they last played the Legend course.

The main alterations are all at par-five holes, namely the sixth, the 13th and the 18th.

The championship tee at the par-five sixth hole has been moved back 20 metres from its original location, with the intention of making it more difficult for the professionals to reach the green in two.

Read more about course changes at the Legend course from the MCB Tour Championship website.

  • Italians take command in Air Mauritius Trophy

It was a great day for Italy in the second round of the Air Mauritius Trophy on the Links course on Tuesday 6 December as players from the country moved into ascendancy in three of the six categories.

Read more about Tuesday’s play in the Air Mauritius Trophy from the MCB Tour Championship website.

  • Forward planning the key to success, says Petch

Behind the scenes with MCB Tour Championship tournament director. Michael Petch appears the kind of guy who wouldn’t break sweat in a sauna nor lose sleep during an earthquake.

He projects the aura of someone totally at ease with life. Whatever inner discomforts there may be, they rarely, if ever, appear on the surface.

But as the MCB Tour Championship tournament director, Mike is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the event proceeds without an obvious hitch. The buck, quite simply, stops with him.

Read more about how Michael Petch makes the tournament such a success on the MCB Tour Championship website.