McGinley 16th as Bjorn bullies the field at MCB Tour Championship

Ronan MacNamara
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Thomas Bjorn poses with the trophy at the MCB Tour Championship - (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)

Thomas Bjorn cruised to a seven stroke victory to take the MCB Tour Championship title as the Legends Tour wound down at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

The Dane went out last with a four shot advantage over the rest of the field and never relented;  he didn’t hit a single bogey from the 7th hole on the first day, he also hit a round of 61, the the lowest ever recorded score at The Legends Course at Constance Belle Mare Plage on his way to victory.

The former Ryder Cup Captain then hit a final round of 67, cruising home with son Oliver on the bag for the first time.The Dane teed off with a four shot lead and never looked back, breezing to a final round 67 to hit the twenty-under-par mark, seven clear of James Kingston.

It was a dominant performance from the 2018 Ryder Cup captain who was blemish free after the seventh hole on day one and was twelve-under on the par fives.“A four shot lead is a weird one,” he said.

“You don’t really know what to expect. I thought if I get to -20 then someone will have to shoot 63 to challenge me and I thought that if they did that then they’d deserve to win. I was trying (today) just not to make bogies.

“I didn’t have that many expectations coming in here, but I got here and I saw the golf course well, I took advantage of the par fives; here they give you great opportunities on the par fives especially yesterday, they gave me a lot of freedom on this golf course not to be aggressive with everything else and I think the par fives played into my hands this week and I took good care of them”

Paul McGinley shot a one-under 71 to take 16th place on six-under-par.James Kingston secured the Legends Tour Order of Merit and scooped the John Jacob Trophy on the final day of the season despite an early wobble in Mauritius.

After a struggling 74 on day one, the South African charged up the leaderboard into second place courtesy of rounds of 65 and 64 which helped him hold off Adilson Da Silva in the race for the Order of Merit.

“I am quite relieved I must say, to think of a whole years play and to think all of this came down to the last tournament, the last round, the last few holes, unbelievable! I am just extremely proud of how consistent I have played this whole season, except for last week. I don’t know where it came from but I dug deep over the weekend, I am really proud of myself I didn’t make a bogey the last 36 holes, I am delighted.”Kingston played 17 tournaments on the Legends Tour this season, racking up 2,845 points.

He won the Swiss Senior Masters; his second Legends Tour title, and had 10 top ten finishes that saw him finish the season ahead of the rest of the field and secure a bonus of €25,000.There was consolation for Da Silva who claimed the Barry Lane Rookie of the Year Award to cap off a sensational year which saw the 50-year-old burst onto the scene in meteoric fashion.

The highlight of his year was winning a maiden tour title at the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at Formby.

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