Friday, 10 November 2017
Constance Belle Mare Plage (pic by Phil Inglis) ()
Constance Belle Mare Plage (pic by Phil Inglis) ()

We take a look at five of the best moments from past MCB Tour Championships, including final-day drama and a magnificent hole-in-one…

Wesselingh secures a dream double

A six-time PGA Cup player, Paul Wesselingh earned the title of Senior Tour Rookie of the Year in 2012 after finishing fifth on the European Senior Tour Order of Merit.

The following season, he started the year with two victories in the first four events and then won the Fubon Senior Open before travelling to Mauritius for the season-finale, where the John Jacobs Trophy was on the line.

Denmark’s Steen Tinning, in his first year on the Senior Tour, had a slim chance of finishing at the top of the Order of Merit, to add to the already-secured Rookie of the Year Award.

After a five under par first round, Wesselingh took the lead after 36 holes on 11 under par, three strokes ahead of Colin Montgomerie.  He then carded a three under par final round to secure the MCB Tour Championship title by five strokes, and with it the John Jacobs Trophy.

Aces high as Monty wins in Mauritius

Victorious Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie took a commanding lead at the second round of the 2015 MCB Tour Championship as he fired a course record-equalling 64, which included a hole-in-one.

After birdies on the 11th, 13th and 16th holes, an ace on the signature par three 17th hole on the Legends Course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, which was followed by a birdie on the 18th,  was the highlight of a superb round as Monty established a four-stroke lead with a superb 64.

On the final day, David Frost rallied and took the lead with three holes to play but three consecutive birdies on the home stretch saw Montgomerie secure his seventh Senior Tour title.

Barry returns to victory Lane

Despite back-to-back third place finishes on the Senior Tour Order of Merit in 2014 and 2015, Barry Lane had not won a tournament since 2012. The 1993 Ryder Cup player came close after finishing runner-up four times in those two seasons, including the 2014 MCB Tour Championship.

He saved his best until last in the final event of 2016 as he held off challenges from fellow former Ryder Cup players, Senior Major Champions and the incumbent Senior Tour Number One, Paul Broadhurst, to win the MCB Tour Championship by one stroke.

He started the final round level with Broadhurst, who would be awarded the John Jacobs Trophy for finishing top of the Order of Merit after the tournament. Lane carded a four under par round of 68 to finish one ahead of his fellow Englishman, two ahead of Montgomerie, and three ahead of 2002 Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price for his fifth Senior Tour title.

Wesselingh made to work for back-to-back titles

Paul Wesselingh defended the MCB Tour Championship title in dramatic fashion as he beat former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane in a record-equalling six-hole play-off.

The defending champion required a par on the 18th hole to retain the title in regulation play but saw his putt for par horseshoe around the cup and he dropped back to nine under par, level with Lane.

The pair both birdied the 18th hole five times in a row, but Lane succumbed on the sixth return trip as Wesselingh made par to his bogey. Their battle equalled the play-off record set by Gordon J Brand’s six-hole defeat of his namesake Gordon Brand Jnr in the De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship in 2008.

Frost stays cool as he wins second MCB Tour Championship

South African David Frost survived a final round scare to win the MCB Tour Championship for a second time, finishing one stroke ahead of Australia’s Peter Fowler and England’s Barry Lane.

Frost, who won the 2011 edition of the MCB Tour Championship, began the final round four strokes ahead but had to birdie the final hole after seemingly costly mistakes on the sixth and 12th holes.

Fowler set the clubhouse target on ten under par, which was matched by Lane who chipped in from the fringe on the last hole for an eagle, but Frost tapped in for a decisive birdie on the 72nd hole.

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