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.

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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: 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.

Find out more on the MCB Tour Championship website.

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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.

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Golf: Highlights from MCB Tour Championship 8 December 2011

The MCB Tour Championship 2011 continues at Constance Belle Mare Plage this week, 5-11 December.

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman

Here are the latest highlights from Mauritius, delivered straight from the Legend and Links golf courses by golf journalist, Neil Webber.

Tom Lehman, the most celebrated player to have competed in a professional event on Mauritius, and the Australian Peter Fowler have both given their stamp of approval to the Legend course, over which this weekend’s drama will be enacted.

Read more on the MCB Tour Championship website.

In an exciting final day of the 36-hole competition in which one round is played on both the Legend and Links courses, the all-lady team of Odie Fat Lim, Aline Wong and Marguerite Kan Wah clung on to the lead they established in the opening round of the net category to emerge winners by a single point.

Read more on the MCB Tour Championship website.

Australian Mike Harwood has guaranteed himself a return trip to Mauritius after registering the 10th hole-in-one of his career in Thursday’s second round of the Constance Hotels Pro-Am.

Harwood took an eight-iron for the 170 yards of the 17th hole and saw his tee shot disappear into the cup, much to the excitement of playing partners Andrew Steward, David Gourlay and Ishtiaq Hajee Adam.

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Major winner Tom Lehman to join MCB Tour title contest

Former Major Champion and Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman will join a star-studded cast in Mauritius when he makes a welcome appearance on the European Senior Tour for the 2011 season-ending event, the MCB Tour Championship from 9-11 December.

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman

American Tom Lehman is the highest profile entry for this year’s MCB Senior Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

Lehman said, ‘I have always wanted to go to Mauritius and getting this opportunity is something that I am looking forward to with much excitement and anticipation.

I can’t think of a better way to finish the 2011 season than by competing in the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius.’

The 52-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, will be the first winner of the British Open Championship to appear in what has been the most prestigious professional tournament on Mauritius for the last 18 years.

Constance Belle Mare Plage attracts top players

Over the years, Belle Mare Plage has played host to a number of promising young golfers who have gone on to make their mark at the highest level.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Players such as Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Gregory Havret and Jamie Donaldson – the last winner of the original Mauritius Open – have all experienced the delights and the frustrations that the unique Legend course can deliver.

In 2009, when the European Senior Tour arrived on the island, it was the turn of more established names in the world of golf – the likes of Sam Torrance, David Frost, Costantino Rocca, Jose Rivero and Manuel Pinero – to take centre stage.

But Tom Lehman will be the biggest winner to have visited Mauritius in the tournament’s history.

Lehman will undoubtedly start as favourite for the MCB Tour Championship, but with most of the top 60 Seniors Tour order-of-merit competing, plus defending Tour champion Mike Cunning, Lehman is certain to find the rivalry intense.

Find out more about the MCB Tour Championship

  • Watch this space for more information about the tournament, and don’t miss our daily blog posts during the championship – keeping you up-to-date with all the latest action.
  • If you missed our previous article, find out who else is playing this year at the 2011 MCB Tour Championship
  • Visit the official MCB Tour Championship website.

Article written by Neil Webber, golf journalist.