Cape Town - Ernie Els has confirmed
that he will play in the 2018 Mauritius Open at the Four Seasons
Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita from November 29 to December 2, and as one of
the game's biggest stars to ever tee it up in this tri-sanctioned tournament between
the European Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour.
The four-time Major winner,
former world number one and World Golf Hall of Famer will make his debut in the Mauritius Open, which this year will be played on an Anahita golf
course that he designed. The tournament was also staged here in 2016.
really looking forward to playing in the Mauritius Open," said
Els, who is an International Ambassador for the Asian Tour.
"It was a privilege
to design this golf course and we're thrilled with how it has matured in the
past 10 years. One of its strengths is that we were able to maximise the visual impact of the
surrounding scenery, but at the same time preserve the coastline's natural beauty. The hole routings move in and out of the trees, along
the water, and back, giving players great variety and magnificent views of the
ocean. It's going to be a lot of fun playing it in tournament conditions."
Els' presence in the Mauritius Open continues the tournament's phenomenal growth in its
four years as a tri-sanctioned event, and during which it has already featured
some of the biggest names in golf such as 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen,
2011 Open champion and former European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, and victorious
2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn.
Els is preparing for a big
year in 2019 where he will captain the International Team in the Presidents Cup
in Australia against his American rival Tiger Woods.
"It's obviously going to be
a very busy and exciting 2019," said Els.
"But The Presidents Cup is a little
way off yet, so for now I'm very much focused on competing and trying to get
the most out of my game. Hopefully a little 'insider' knowledge will work in my
favour at Anahita. Let's see. As I said, I'm really looking forward to the