Cape Town - A
strong contingent of French professionals have confirmed their presence in this
year's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open as they edge closer to a first French
champion in this tri-sanctioned tournament between the European Tour, Sunshine
Tour and Asian Tour.
golfers have finished third and second in the past two editions of this
€1-million tournament, which this year will be played at the Heritage Golf Club
at Heritage Resorts from December 5-8.
In 2018, France was second only to South
Africa in the number of its golfers who finished within the top 20 in the Mauritius Open.
French challenge will be led by Benjamin Hebert, currently the top French
golfer on the European Tour's Race to Dubai ranking in 15th place and within the Top 100 on the
Official World Golf Ranking.
ambassador Romain Langasque, currently 21st on the European Tour's Race to Dubai
rankings, will also be in the field.
2017, when the Mauritius Open was last played at the Heritage Golf
Club, Langasque finished third and only two shots out of the playoff between
champion Dylan Frittelli and Arjun Atwal of India. Langasque again came close
to securing a maiden European Tour title when he finished third in July's
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, a tournament that is part of the
European Tour's prestigious Rolex Series.
Pavon flew the French flag at Anahita in 2018 when he finished tied second and
just two strokes behind eventual winner Kurt Kitayama. Pavon has also shown
signs of becoming the next French champion on the European Tour with his
finishes of tied 10th in
both the BMW International Open and the Scandinavian Invitation this season.
will be joined at Heritage Golf Club by Heritage ambassador Clément Sordet, who
finished 11th in last
year's Mauritius Open, and who this year had his best European
Tour finish of second in the Oman Open in March.
Perez, who finished 14th in
the 2018 Mauritius Open, and Raphaël Jacquelin, who finished tied
17th last year, add to
a very strong French line-up for the fifth edition of this tournament.
are extremely proud of our Heritage ambassadors and their performances in the Mauritius Open, which is a flagship event for our award-winning
resort. We look forward to welcoming them back to our magnificent Heritage Golf
Club, which has been recognised
as one of the top 10 golf courses in Africa and the 'Best golf course in the
Indian Ocean' at the World Golf Awards for the past five years," said Thierry
Montocchio, CEO of Veranda Leisure and Hospitality (VLH).