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Thursday, 08 November 2018
Barry Lane  (Getty Images)
Barry Lane (Getty Images)
Barry Lane will tee it up for the ninth consecutive season at Constance Belle Mare Plage when the MCB Tour Championship begins in Mauritius, from December 7-9.

Lane triumphed at the event in 2016 to record his first victory on the over-50’s circuit in four years, holding off that year’s Senior Open Presented by Rolex winner Paul Broadhurst to win by one shot.

The Englishman heads to the Indian Ocean aiming to maintain his streak of winning in three successive Staysure Tour seasons. Following five top ten finishes during the year, Lane would revel in the opportunity to succeed in Mauritius once again.

“It’d be fantastic to lift the trophy again,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to going back there and it would mean a lot to win it again.

“I’ve had an okay year. I’m currently 15th on the Order of Merit. I’ve had a runner-up finish and had a few top tens. Most weeks I’ve been under par, but I haven’t had that one great week yet.

“I was emotional when I won it last time as I hadn’t won for four years, so I’ll be very happy if I managed to win there again.

“I love Mauritius. I love staying at the Prince Maurice. It’s like going home really and it’s like a family because everyone is the same each year, the caddies and all the guys who work at the golf club. I’ve got to know the directors of Constance Hotel over the years because I’ve been going there for the past 20 years because I used to play in their tournament before it became a Staysure Tour event.”

The six-time Staysure Tour winner has an eye-catching record in Mauritius, recording six top results in seven seasons, including two runner-up finishes and his victory two years ago. His triumph in 2016 is something which he still holds dear, especially after a memorable final round.

“I remember the win in 2016 very well,” he said. “I was playing with Broady (Paul Broadhurst) in the last group, and Frosty (David Frost) and Monty (Colin Montgomerie) were the group in front. It was down to Broady and I really.

“I shot five under par on the front nine and I was five shots ahead of him. Then I bogeyed 12 while he birdied it, then he birdied the next hole and I bogeyed 14, so I was only one ahead with a few to play.

“On the 16th I was two shots ahead and I was off the green, but he had a six-footer for birdie, so it was me to play and I chipped in to hole it for a par and he missed his birdie putt, so I stayed two ahead. We both parred 17 and I birdied the last and he eagled the last to finish a shot behind. I had to play the last really well as Broady is someone who never gives up and I knew he would eagle it.”

The event in Mauritius is the first part of the MCB Tour Championship this season. After its conclusion the top 29 players from the Order of Merit and three invitations travel to Seychelles for the second stage of the MCB Tour Championship and the country’s first-ever professional golf tournament.

“I’ve never been to Seychelles so it’s a new venture for us,” he said. “I understand it’s an amazing place, a beautiful little golf course, so it is going to be a really nice Indian Ocean Swing.”

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