Cape Town - The AfrAsia Bank
Mauritius Open is set to welcome the strongest field in its tri-sanctioned
history when the tournament is played at the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius
at Anahita from November 29 to December 2.
Ernie Els will make
his debut in the tournament, with the four-time Major winner, World Golf Hall
of Fame member and former world No 1 headlining this year’s field.
Dylan Frittelli, who
has secured his playing privileges on the PGA Tour in 2019, will defend his
title in a field including another former champion in George Coetzee, who won
the inaugural tournament in 2015.
Justin Harding, the
South African who has won twice on the Asian Tour this year and twice on the
Sunshine Tour, will be looking for his first European Tour title in Mauritius.
Belgium’s former Ryder Cup player and a two-time European Tour winner,
four-time European Tour champion Bernd Wiesberger from Austria, and multiple
European Tour champions Matteo Manassero from Italy, Gregory Bourdy and Gregory
Havret from France, and Germany’s Marcel Siem are also in this year’s field.
Rising French star
Romain Langasque is back to challenge again in a tournament where he finished
third last year.
And the field will
also feature South Africa’s Zander Lombard, who finished tied first in the
European Tour’s Qualifying School recently.
“We are delighted with
the field for this year’s tournament, which reflects how quickly it has grown
and gained the respect of some of the world’s leading professionals,” said Ryan
Dodds, Head of Golf Management & Projects: Veranda Leisure and Hospitality.
“We are only in our
fourth year since the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open teed off as a tri-sanctioned
event, and in this time we’ve had Major winners, former world number ones,
European Ryder Cup stars and captains, Presidents Cup players and some of the
most exciting young players in the game play in Mauritius. This year’s field is
really another positive step in terms of our vision to keep growing the
tournament as something unique in world golf.”
The AfrAsia Bank
Mauritius Open is tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian
Tour and will offer a total purse of €1 million.