Thomas Bjorn took control with a scintillating round of 61 at the MCB Tour Championship Mauritius, the final tournament of the Legends Tour season, while Paul McGinley followed up his opening 68 with a second-round 69 to lie tied for 13th at five-under..
The Dane backed up his first round 68 with a course record-setting 61 – albeit with preferred lies – at Constance Belle Mare Plage, a bogey-free performance that included seven birdies and two eagles. Son Oliver was on the bag for his father who played the par fives at six under par and hit 17 greens in regulation. The former Ryder Cup Captain was delighted with his performance after arriving in Mauritius following a frantically busy period.
“I played well yesterday, and nothing really happened,” Bjorn said afterwards, “I finished nicely yesterday and carried that momentum into today…to shoot 61 is always great. When you play a course like this, it’s about putting the ball in play and putting yourself in position and that suits my game more than it did probably 25 years ago.
“I enjoy playing on this tour, but I have roles to play, roles with Luke Donald and the Ryder Cup captaincy, being on tour for him and looking at the youngsters and that can sometimes be to my detriment of my own golf really, but I enjoy playing with these guys. These are the guys I played with, these are the guys I grew up with , I enjoy their company it’s a nice tour to be on when you can come to places like this, it can make it a little bit more special”
The 51 year old will head out on the final day with Miguel Angel Martin, who’s round of 66 sees him tied with Swede Jarmo Sandelin four shots behind Bjorn. Just four shots separate 2nd and 10th position.
McGinley is in the eighth-to-last pairing alongside Frenchman Christian Cévaër.
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