Bel Ombre - It was a bogey-free round and it was a course
record, three strokes better than the previous one.
It gave India's Arjun Atwal
a four-stroke edge over his nearest rivals after the first round of the Mauritius Open on Thursday.
44-year-old who plays out of Royal Calcutta Golf Club, has won on the PGA
Tour as well as eight times on the Asian Tour, made an eagle and seven birdies
for his nine-under-par 62, as he bettered the mark for Heritage Golf Club, which
was held jointly by 2015 champion George Coetzee, Carlos Pigem, Jeunghun Wang
and Thorbjorn Olesen.
and shocked," he said. "I took a very long route coming here. I came through
Dubai and it took me 16 hours to get here. I was tired and I didn't really
expect anything. Sometimes when you don't expect much, you get a lot out of
by four strokes on five-under-par 66 were Germany's Sebastian Heisele, South
Africans Louis de Jager and Ockie Strydom, Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines
and Brazil's Adilson Da Silva.
Behind them was a large group of 13 players on
those on four-under were Coetzee, 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, Sunshine
Tour Order of Merit leader Oliver Bekker and rising star Dylan Frittelli.
credited his work on the greens for his good opening round.
"My putting has
improved a lot the last few weeks," he said. "I've worked a lot on my putting,
so that was really good. I saw all the lines nicely and I hit the ball well, I
drove it nicely, so that helps. It's a good combination to have."
posted four second-place finishes on the Sunshine Tour this season, and he
would love to win this.
"I don't know how many second places I've had in my
career, but to finally win here would be huge," he said. "This was a nice
round. I'm happy with five-under - four behind but there's still lots of golf
was pleased with his start too. "I took advantage of the wind not being that
strong on the first nine holes," he said.
"I was four-under through seven. Then
it gets tricky. The wind really picked up and there are some good holes out
there. A lot of risk and reward. I was taking driver everywhere today, so a few
errant tee shots, but I think there is definitely good scoring out there.
You've got to be careful, there are hurdles along the way the whole time."
a little surprised to be as close to the top as he was. "I didn't think I'd be
close to the leaders with four-under," he said. "It seems the wind got a
bit tricky out there so I'm happy to post a decent number."
the cut with scores of 73 and 77 in the inaugural tournament, but he got off to
a fast start with a pair of birdies on his opening two holes this time.
played here two years ago but I don't really remember the course. I missed two
or three fairways but for most of the part I kept the ball in front of me. I
made a few putts and every time you want to shoot low, that's what you have to
his good start with two more birdies ahead of the turn, and then made his fifth
birdie on the 10th. He made his eagle on the 14th, and
closed out his scoring with two more birdies - on 16 and 18.
His win on
the PGA Tour came in 2010, and his last win in Asia was in 2014. He probably
feels ready for another victory.
62 - Arjun Atwal
66 - Sebastian
Heisele, Louis de Jager, Miguel Tabuena, Adilson Da
Silva, Ockie Strydom
67 - Joel
Stalter, Romain Langasque, Pontus Widegren, George
Coetzee, Louis Oosthuizen, Jbe' Kruger, Oliver
Bekker, Teaghan Gauche, Anders Hansen, Marcus
Kinhult, Jason Knutzon, Dylan Frittelli, Laurie Canter
68 - Justin
Walters, Adrien Saddier, Sam Horsfield, Jacques Kruyswijk, Masahiro
Kawamura, Ricardo Gouveia, Shubankar Sharma, Andrea
Pavan, Jarin Todd, Richard Mcevoy, Jose-Filipe Lima, Pep
Angles, Casey O'Toole
69 - Raphael
Jacquelin, Suradit Yongcharoenchai, Doug McGuigan, Andrew
Curlewis, Johannes Veerman, Mark Williams, Jaco
Prinsloo, Haydn Porteous, S S P Chawrasia, Matthieu
Pavon, Shiv Kapur, James Morrison, Jaco Ahlers
70 - Jens
Dantorp, Kyle Barker, Javi Colomo, Jake
Higginbottom, Chiragh Kumar, Paul Peterson, Honey
Baisoya, Micah Lauren Shin, Dawie Van der Walt, Danthai
Boonma, Scott Vincent, Darren Fichardt, Clement
Sordet, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Hennie Otto, Daniel van
Tonder, Neil Schietekat, Scott Barr
71 - Barry
Lane, Omar Sandys, Chikkarangappa S, Jacques
Blaauw, Phachara Khongwatmai, Jack Harrison, Scott Hend, Jean-Paul
Strydom, Jean Hugo, Jinho Choi, Alfie Plant, Tyrone
Ryan, Jeff Winther, Nico Geyger, Pedro Oriol, Dean
Burmester, Bradley Neil, Gregory Havret, Estanislao Goya
72 - Ryan
Mccormick, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit, Gavin Moynihan, Ashley
Chesters, Alex Haindl, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Lyle
Rowe, Marcel Schneider, Keenan Davidse, Brett
Munson, Henric Sturehed, Jake Roos, Christiaan
Basson, Mitchell Slorach, Connor Syme, Christiaan
Bezuidenhout, Mark Foster, Ashun Wu, Michael Tran
73 - Peter
Karmis, Carlos Pigem, Himmat Rai, Zander Lombard, Justin
Harding, Aaron Rai, Lionel Weber, Titch Moore, Phil
Minkley, Chanwoo Kim, Ulrich van den Berg, Oscar
Zetterwall, Jamie Donaldson, Christofer Blomstrand, Sam
Chien, Steven Brown, MJ Viljoen, Scott Fernandez
74 - JC
Ritchie, Toby Tree, Alexander Bjork, Piya
Swangarunporn, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Sebastien Gros, Lorenzo
Gagli, Gavin Green, Jazz Janewattananond, Marc Cayeux
75 - Rahil
Gangjee, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ross McGowan, Khalin
Joshi, Madalitso Muthiya, Chris Swanepoel, Vaughn
Groenewald, Wolmer Murillo
76 - Ben
Stow, Sutijet Kooratanapisan, Hennie du Plessis, Darren
Clarke, Espen Kofstad, Ruan de Smidt
77 - Petr
Dedek, Ben Evans, Siddikur Rahman, Sujjan Singh, Toto
78 - Jared
79 - Jonathan
80 - John
81 - Gary
82 - Riekus
86 - Gerrit
RTD - Matthew