Eales in Mauritius frame

LANCASHIRE’S Paul Eales posted a pristine five-under-par 67 to move into second place two shots behind David Frost,  who racked up four birdies and an eagle in his last six holes, in the MCB Tour Champion in Mauritius, the European Senior Tour’s finale.

And former Chorley and Northenden pro Paul Wesselingh is in a tie for sixth place, three off the pace.

Frost’s love affair with the Legend Course at Constance Belle Mare Plage started with his victory in 2011, but to attempt to win  an unprecedented third title looked unlikely until his sensational finish.

Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie was a further shot back in a share of third place.

Despite finding a tricky lie in the greenside bunker, Eales birdied the final hole to sign for his joint lowest round of the 2015 season.

He is yet to enter the winner’s circle in the over-50 ranks, with a tie for third in the 2013 English Senior Open his best performance to date, but the former European Tour champion is aiming to rectify that over the next two days.

He said: “It was a bit hot and sweaty, but playing alongside Des [Smyth] is always a pleasure. It helped that I play pretty well too, no bogeys on your card is always a good day.

“The birdie on the last was a lovely way to finish. My ball was right up against the face of the bunker where there was a lot of sand, but experience tells you to hit a bit harder than you otherwise would. It came out nice and softly to four feet, and I managed to pop the putt in so I’m a happy boy.

“I’m off to the beach now – there’s a sun-lounger with my name all over it!”

 

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