MCB Tour Championship 2013
As a relative newcomer to the shortlist of world-class golfing destinations, Mauritius certainly packs a mighty punch, and we’re now considered Africa’s premier location for the sport.
In little more than a decade our island has garnered a reputation for the finest luxury golfing holidays in the Indian Ocean, and now we’re home to no less than six championship-quality 18-hole courses – all of which offer incredible views, varied geological features and challenging holes for the aspiring amateur and seasoned professional alike.
So it’s little wonder we’re the host destination of the prestigious end-of-season MCB Tour Championship, which will be played on the Links and Legend golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December. As the culmination of the 2013 European Senior Tour, the championship is something of a Holy Grail for the golfers involved.
The Senior Tour
Having kicked things off with the US Senior PGA Championship in Missouri all the way back in May, the MCB Tour Championship is the season’s grand finale, open to the leading players in the Senior Tour order-of-merit and winners of the Senior Majors.
In the last three years we’ve witnessed victories for South Africa’s David Frost in 2010, for American Tom Lehman in 2011, and another for Frost in 2012 – a tournament where the closing stages were as tense and dramatic as any spectator could wish for. Despite at one point holding a six-stroke lead, in the final stages Frost found himself confronting a two-putt from 25 feet for a birdie to secure the title.
What to expect at this year’s event
We’re hoping for similar excitement at this year’s event, and the addition of Colin Montgomerie to the senior ranks will no doubt up the ante. Famously, the fiercely competitive Monty never won a major title, but he’s already bagged his first senior win this year, claiming the Masters at Woburn during the summer. As a first time entrant, he’ll be keen to end the year with another success, though he’ll be up against his fellow Ryder Cup captains Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam as well as reigning champion Frost. We look forward to seeing who prevails.
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