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: David Frost warms up with a win

South African David Frost warmed up for this year’s MCB Tour Championship at
Constance Belle Mare Plage in December with a victory on the USPGA Champions
Tour last weekend.

David Frost, golfer

David Frost

Frost came from 6 strokes off the pace on the final day of the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, Texas, to finish level with Bernhard Langer at the head of the
leaderboard.

He then outgunned the German at the second hole of the play-off to score a birdie that earned him the $277,000 first prize.

Frost, winner of the 2010 Mauritius Commercial Bank Open and runner-up in last year’s MCB Tour Championship, was not the only Mauritius-bound player on the
leaderboard.

Welshman Mark Mouland, twice a winner of the original Mauritius Open, stormed into the top 10 on the final day with a five-under-par 67 to share seventh place with
defending MCB Tour champion Tom Lehman.

Double Major winner Roger Chapman never got going and closed with a four-over-
par total of 220.

The action has moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the final tournament of the year,
the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 1-4 November.

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Golf: MCB Tour Championship – Mark Mouland

Welshman Mark Mouland has some unfinished business to attend to in December when he makes a nostalgic return visit to Mauritius for the MCB Tour Championship from 9-11 December.

Mark Mouland

Mark Mouland

Mouland’s success so far

In this, his first season on the European Senior Tour, Mouland has made quite an impression, registering a maiden victory in Portugal and securing a top 20 order-of-merit ranking with winnings of over €100,000.

Mouland’s appearances in Europe were restricted by his visits to the US Champions Tour, where he gained a limited number of entries through the 2010 Qualifying School.

When he revisited the US Tour School earlier in November, Mouland claimed 9th place, after a play-off, to secure a conditional exemption in 2012.

Now his attention is focused on Mauritius, where he will be a man on a mission. His intention is to become the first man to win 3 professional tournaments on the island.

Earlier wins in the Mauritius Open

It was in 2003 that the Welshman became the first pro to register back-to-back triumphs in the Mauritius Open, the forerunner of the MCB Open. The following year he finished 5th behind Englishman Miles Tunnicliff, after which he was unable to return – until now.

Mouland rates his chances this year

Legend golf course

18th at the Legend

‘I’m really looking forward to going back to Mauritius,’ he said. ‘I love the place, the ambience, the atmosphere, the golf course and the whole set-up.’

Mouland added: ‘It has been great to be back on tour. I was so looking forward to joining the Senior Tour that I couldn’t wait to turn 50. It’s been an absolute ball. It is far more relaxed than the main Tour, with an easygoing atmosphere and a lot of camaraderie.’

Mouland’s experience and success over the Constance Belle Mare Plage Legend layout is certain to stand him in good stead for the tournament. He knows what it takes to be successful over the tricky Hugh Baiocchi-designed layout.

‘It would be wonderful if I managed to win the MCB Tour Championship, not only for the title but to complete a three-timer on Mauritius, something no-one else has done.

‘That would please me immensely. But there are some exceptional players in the field so we will just have to see what happens.’

Catch up on earlier articles about the MCB Tour Championship

And don’t miss the official MCB Tour Championship website where we’ll be posting daily articles during the event.

Article written by Neil Webber, golf journalist.