Anahita - Defending champion of the Mauritius Open, Dylan
Frittelli, says despite missing the cut at the Four Seasons Golf Club at
Anahita two years ago, he feels ready to defend the title he won last year at
Heritage Golf Club.
"Defending probably doesn't mean anything this week," he
"I mean, it's a new golf course. I don't know the course too well. I
played it two years ago and missed the cut so, I guess, low expectations but
hopefully I can play well."
He's not feeling any pressure, however, and with the amount
of competitive golf he has played in the last few weeks, Frittelli's hope of
clinching this title for the second year in a row is not misplaced.
"It's been a pretty busy run," he said, "From Nedbank
through to Dubai and I played the World Cup with Erik van Rooyen last week so
I've got some good golf in me. I've been playing well, so I'm definitely
tournament ready, I'm not worried about that. It’s just a matter of getting
used to the conditions."
Weather conditions have proven to be a serious role-player
in Mauritius in the past and when Frittelli missed the cut two seasons ago, it
was windy at Heritage. Last season, however, the conditions were totally
different and Frittelli is aware of the dangers the varying weather conditions
might bring this week.
"Wind is normally the factor down here," he noted. "So,
hopefully I can deal with the wind and the changing conditions, and hopefully I
can play some good golf."
Whatever the results of two seasons ago, Frittelli is ready
to play and has a clear idea of what he needs to do to score well around here.
"Driving the ball will be important," he observed. "I
remember last year, I hit a few wayward drives and that kind of set me back and
caused me to miss the cut. But my driving's been great the last few months so
if I can put it in the fairway, and my irons are always really good and my
putting and short game is always sharp, so as long as I can hit the fairways,
hopefully I can be a force to be reckoned with."
Frittelli has already proven himself a formidable competitor
on all major golf tours and a successful title-defence this week will mark a
solid start to the new European Tour season.