With both the MCB Tour Championship and John Jacobs Trophy up for grabs in Mauritius this week, here are five golfers to watch at Constance Belle Mare Plage in the final event of the 2017 European Senior Tour season…
In what has been a remarkable year so far, Clark Dennis has secured two titles in addition to the 2017 Senior Tour Rookie of the Year Award. Should the American have another stellar week in Mauritius, he will leave the island as the first golfer from the United States to win the John Jacobs Trophy.
In his last five events he has won twice, and also finished as a runner-up twice. His victory at the Dutch Masters saw him move to the top of the Senior Tour Order of Merit, ahead of South Africa’s Chris Williams.
The South African is enjoying his best season on the Senior Tour since 2012, and is just €25,000 behind Clark Dennis heading into the final event of the season.
Williams started his year with victory at the inaugural Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq, and has been one of the Senior Tour’s most consistent players in 2017. He finished fourth at the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in July, and after The Senior Open Presented by Rolex, he finished no lower than fifth in his next four events.
Golding joins Dennis as a two-time winner in 2017, having emerged victorious at both the Swiss Seniors Open and Travis Perkins Masters. The Englishman, who won the Open de France in 2003, secured his first victory in three years in Switzerland, as he fired a superb final round of 63 to take the title by one stroke from Mark McNulty.
At Woburn, Golding started the final round four strokes behind Clark Dennis, but carded a two under par round to win by one shot. In the space of six events, Golding had doubled his number of Senior Tour victories to four.
Since his first full season on the over-50s circuit in 2013, Golding has finished no lower than sixth on the Order of Merit, and another high finish looks likely in the Indian Ocean this week.
The defending champion returns to Mauritius with the possibility of finishing first on the Order of Merit. Lane, whose previous best finish on the season-long rankings was runner-up in 2011 and 2012, could win the John Jacobs Trophy if he successfully defends the MCB Tour Championship and other permutations go his way.
The Englishman carded rounds of 67-67-68 in 2016, taking the title by one stroke from Senior Open winner Paul Broadhurst.
Earlier this year, Lane set a new record for the lowest ever round in Senior Tour history, firing a 12 under par 60 at the Willow Senior Golf Classic.
South Africa’s David Frost knows what it takes to win on the island of Mauritius, having secured his two Senior Tour titles at Constance Belle Mare Plage. He won his first title in 2011 at the Mauritius Commercial Bank Open, the precursor to the MCB Tour Championship.
He then finished runner-up in the inaugural MCB Tour Championship later that season, but returned to the winners’ circle the following year, finishing one stroke ahead of Peter Fowler and Lane to win his second Senior Tour title.
Frost has never finished outside the top ten at this event, finishing inside the top five on seven occasions.
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