Staysure Tour

MCB Tour Championship-Mauritius

December 07-09

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius

€450,000

December 07-09

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius

€450,000

Round 2

Atlevi applies pressure as Dennis remains ahead in Mauritius

December 08, 2018

Magnus P Atlevi carded the lowest round of the day, a seven under par 65, to put the pressure on 36 hole leader Clark Dennis at the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius.

Atlevi applies pressure as Dennis remains ahead in Mauritius, © Getty Images

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The Swede started the day at Constance Belle Mare Plage on five under par, four strokes behind Dennis, and the pair traded blows on the front nine as they both carded five birdies. Dennis came home in 35, one under par, for a round of 66 and a 15 under par total, as Atlevi made two further gains on the back nine to reduce the deficit to just three shots.

Both players will go in search of their second victories of the 2018 season, with Dennis successfully defending his Senior Italian Open presented by Villaverde Resort title and Atlevi winning the European Tour Properties Senior Classic in September.

“Yesterday and the day before, my golf didn’t feel good at all,” said Atlevi. “But you have to get on with it. I didn’t start very well yesterday and I haven’t played well here in the past. I told myself I needed to be patient and, bit-by-bit, some birdies fell in and I finished five under par.

“Today I could feel my body was more prepared – I felt as though I had more speed. My goal for the week is to not take it too seriously, which I have done in the past. So tomorrow I need to go out there, be relaxed, and enjoy it, no matter what.

“I can’t believe I’m 12 under and I don’t feel as though I’ve tried – I have a lot to look forward to with the final round tomorrow and another tournament next week.”

Dennis, who is playing in just his second season on the Staysure Tour, will hope to add to his growing trophy cabinet, having already won three times on the European over-50s circuit. The American remains bogey-free after the first two rounds in Mauritius.

“I left a lot of shots out there today,” said Dennis. “I hit it so good on the front nine, hit it close and made some putts. I had some chances on the back nine but missed three or four putts for birdie from about five feet. You can’t complain when you’re 15 under, but it could have been a special day.

“It helped playing with Magnus again. You know you can’t just make pars on this course – it was good to see him start off well and I thought ‘if he’s going to go, I have to go too’.”

2002 Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price will join Dennis and Atlevi in tomorrow’s final group after matching Dennis’s round of 66 for an 11 under par total. Incredibly, the Welshman birdied seven holes on the back nine after making the turn one over par.

Paul McGinley, Ryder Cup Captain in 2014, is fourth on nine under par and double Senior Major Champion Roger Chapman sits in fifth on eight under par after successive rounds of 68. The 1996 Open Champion Tom Lehman is one of six golfers in a share of sixth place a stroke further back.

There is still all to play for on the final day as the top 29 players on the Order of Merit and three invitations will go on to the MCB Tour Championship – Seychelles next week, the final event of the 2018 Staysure Tour season.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
DENNIS, Clark
-15
63
66
129
2
ATLEVI, Magnus P
-12
67
65
132
3
PRICE, Phillip
-11
67
66
133
4
MCGINLEY, Paul
-9
67
68
135
5
CHAPMAN, Roger
-8
68
68
136
6
WILLIAMS, Chris
-6
67
71
138
SHACKLADY, David
-6
68
70
138
FOWLER, Peter
-6
70
68
138
SANDELIN, Jarmo
-6
68
70
138
LEHMAN, Tom
-6
69
69
138
GOLDING, Philip
-6
71
67
138
12
BAKER, Peter
-5
70
69
139
TINNING, Steen
-5
70
69
139
14
MARTIN, Miguel Angel
-4
68
72
140
BRIER, Markus
-4
69
71
140
SUNESON, Carl
-4
71
69
140
WOLSTENHOLME, Gary
-4
69
71
140
18
EALES, Paul
-3
70
71
141
MOLINA, Mauricio
-3
71
70
141
FROST, David
-3
69
72
141
MAMAT, Mardan
-3
72
69
141
WIRATCHANT, Thaworn
-3
71
70
141
GOMEZ, Rafael
-3
73
68
141
MCNULTY, Mark
-3
73
68
141
25
WOOSNAM, Ian
-2
68
74
142
KINGSTON, James
-2
69
73
142
MONASTERIO, Cesar
-2
71
71
142
COCERES, José
-2
69
73
142
BROADHURST, Paul
-2
73
69
142
30
WILSON, Peter T
-1
70
73
143
THELEN, Tim
-1
69
74
143
BOSSERT, André
-1
70
73
143
STREETER, Paul
-1
71
72
143
LANE, Barry
-1
71
72
143
REMESY, Jean-François
-1
71
72
143
FARRY, Marc
-1
72
71
143
37
DODD, Stephen
Par
77
67
144
LUNA, Santiago
Par
73
71
144
39
BRAND JNR, Gordon
1
71
74
145
CARRILES, José Manuel
1
73
72
145
WESSELINGH, Paul
1
71
74
145
MOULAND, Mark
1
73
72
145
43
MANSON, Gordon
2
74
72
146
BROWN, Simon P
2
74
72
146
45
LOMAS, Jonathan
3
73
74
147
VAN DE VELDE, Jean
3
78
69
147
47
MACKENZIE, Malcolm
5
72
77
149
MCGOVERN, Brendan
5
76
73
149
49
ROCCA, Costantino
7
79
72
151
MARKS, Gary
7
76
75
151
Pos.
Player
To Par
R2
Total
1
DENNIS, Clark
-15
66
129
2
ATLEVI, Magnus P
-12
65
132
3
PRICE, Phillip
-11
66
133
4
MCGINLEY, Paul
-9
68
135
5
CHAPMAN, Roger
-8
68
136
6
WILLIAMS, Chris
-6
71
138
SHACKLADY, David
-6
70
138
FOWLER, Peter
-6
68
138
SANDELIN, Jarmo
-6
70
138
LEHMAN, Tom
-6
69
138
GOLDING, Philip
-6
67
138
12
BAKER, Peter
-5
69
139
TINNING, Steen
-5
69
139
14
MARTIN, Miguel Angel
-4
72
140
BRIER, Markus
-4
71
140
SUNESON, Carl
-4
69
140
WOLSTENHOLME, Gary
-4
71
140
18
EALES, Paul
-3
71
141
MOLINA, Mauricio
-3
70
141
FROST, David
-3
72
141
MAMAT, Mardan
-3
69
141
WIRATCHANT, Thaworn
-3
70
141
GOMEZ, Rafael
-3
68
141
MCNULTY, Mark
-3
68
141
25
WOOSNAM, Ian
-2
74
142
KINGSTON, James
-2
73
142
MONASTERIO, Cesar
-2
71
142
COCERES, José
-2
73
142
BROADHURST, Paul
-2
69
142
30
WILSON, Peter T
-1
73
143
THELEN, Tim
-1
74
143
BOSSERT, André
-1
73
143
STREETER, Paul
-1
72
143
LANE, Barry
-1
72
143
REMESY, Jean-François
-1
72
143
FARRY, Marc
-1
71
143
37
DODD, Stephen
Par
67
144
LUNA, Santiago
Par
71
144
39
BRAND JNR, Gordon
1
74
145
CARRILES, José Manuel
1
72
145
WESSELINGH, Paul
1
74
145
MOULAND, Mark
1
72
145
43
MANSON, Gordon
2
72
146
BROWN, Simon P
2
72
146
45
LOMAS, Jonathan
3
74
147
VAN DE VELDE, Jean
3
69
147
47
MACKENZIE, Malcolm
5
77
149
MCGOVERN, Brendan
5
73
149
49
ROCCA, Costantino
7
72
151
MARKS, Gary
7
75
151