Golf: Mark Mouland to go fishing for Champions Tour glory

Welshman Mark Mouland, the first player to win back-to-back Mauritius Golf Open titles, has earned himself a regular place on the lucrative USPGA Champions Tour next year.

Mark Mouland

Mark Mouland

Mouland has been a regular visitor to Constance Belle Mare Plage for many years and followed his first win in 2002 by successfully defending his title 12 months later.

The 51-year-old former European Tour player – who has often indulged in his passion for big-game fishing while on the island – joined the senior ranks last year and scored his maiden title success, in the Portuguese Senior Open, a few weeks before flying out from England for the inaugural MCB Tour Championship.

This year Mouland made a limited number of appearances on the Champions Tour after winning a conditional card at the 2011 National Qualifying Tournament. Vut an outstanding performance in this year’s gruelling event in Florida earned Mouland third place with only the top-five finishers being guaranteed full playing rights for 2013.

Of the other MCB Tour Championship entries this year, Sweden’s Anders Forsbrand gained conditional exemption for next season while Australian Peter Fowler and Englishman Barry Lane finished high enough in the final placings to give themselves opportunities of securing a limited number of appearances.

Find out more about the MCB Tour Championship 2012 at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Golf: Final day at MCB Tour Championship – 11 December 2011

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

As the MCB Tour Championship heads into its final day, golf journalist Neil Webber gives us the lowdown on the latest from Constance Belle Mare Plage.

On the eve of the final round of the inaugural MCB Tour Championship, South African David Frost sounded a warning to leader Tom Lehman not to expect to have things all his own way in the final round.

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Golf: John Jacobs' Trophy battle going to the wire

18th hole at Legend golf course

18th at the Legend golf course

Following Chien Soon Lu’s victory in the Fubon Senior Open, the stage is set for another thrilling climax to the European Senior Tour season at the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius from 9-11 December at the Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Peter Fowler and Barry Lane battle for trophy

All eyes will be on the battle for the John Jacobs’ Trophy between Peter Fowler and Barry Lane.
 
Australian Fowler captured the ISPS Handa Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum in June and the following month’s Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.

Lane successfully defended his Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open title in August, then finished second at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters at the start of September, and won again the next week in the Czech Republic at the Casa Serena Open.

After a campaign lasting 13 months and 21 tournaments, the season will reach a dramatic finale in Mauritius in December.

History of the John Jacobs’ Trophy

John Jacobs and Sam Torrance in 2009
John Jacobs and Sam Torrance in 2009

As the Senior Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary season, the contest between the 2 former European Tour champions is a fitting tribute to the growth in stature and popularity that the Tour has seen since its inception in 1992, as both men vie to hoist their first John Jacobs’ Trophy.

First awarded in 1993, the Senior Tour Order of Merit trophy became the John Jacobs’ Trophy – a name synonymous with European golf, the founding father of The European Tour, Ryder Cup legend and world-renowned teacher.

Jacobs was the Tour’s trail-blazing first Tournament Director-General and his name commands the respect and gratitude of anyone involved in the game.

Daily news from MCB Tour Championship

Don’t miss the MCB Tour Championship, 9-11 December website where we’ll be posting daily articles during the event.

And catch up on the latest news on the players entering this year’s event: