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17th December 2023

Oosthuizen goes back-to-back with AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open win

Louis Oosthuizen is a Major champion who has been ranked as high as fourth in the world and has achieved an abundance of accolades in a stellar career. But this one, a victory in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and with his family there to see him win for the first time in his career and also claim back-to-back title for the first time, is special indeed.

With a birdie on the last hole of a La Réserve Golf Links course that he co-designed with Peter Matkovich for a final round of 69, Oosthuizen claimed his second victory in as many weeks on the Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour with a two-shot triumph on Sunday.

“I’ve never gone back-to-back in my life before so it’s a big dream to be able to do that, and then having my family with me for the first time when I’ve won in my career is very special,” said Oosthuizen, who closed out the week on 17 under par to add to his victory last week in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Oosthuizen’s victory completes a remarkable run by South African golfers in the four Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour co-sanctioned tournaments to end this year, with Dean Burmester winning both the Joburg Open and the Investec South African Open.

England’s Laurie Canter finished second on 15 under par following a closing 68, while Sweden’s Sebastian Söderberg signed for a 63 to share third place on 14 under par alongside England’s Daniel Brown (65) and South Africa’s Jacques P de Villiers (71).

Having only arrived in Mauritius in the early hours of last Tuesday morning following the Monday finish of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Oosthuizen had to quickly acclimatise to not only the travel but also a golf course which even though he co-designed he had yet to play himself.

“The golf course was spectacular to play and I think in a year or two, when it has settled and the greens are faster and the rough will have grown a bit, it’s going to be really tough. But for the team here to get this ready to be hosting the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open this year was some magic,” said Oosthuizen.

The South African didn’t have the best start with back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes which opened the door for several others to challenge for the lead.

“I started poorly and didn’t hit it great, but then I found some rhythm there on holes six, seven and eight. On the back nine I felt really comfortable and started hitting good shots. And coming down the 18th it’s nice to have three putts to win,” said Oosthuizen.

And there’s every indication that he plans to return next year.

“These two events (the Alfred Dunhill Championship and AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open) will probably go on my schedule now, and from now on will be a nice way to start my holiday.”

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AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open inspires growth of golf in Mauritius

After seven editions, the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open has made an undoubted impact inside the ropes as one of the most popular Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour co-sanctioned tournaments, but it’s impact outside the ropes on the youth of Mauritius is also being felt.

This year’s tournament at the spectacular La Réserve Golf Links included a golf clinic in association with the Mauritius Golf Federation, the AfrAsia Bank Foundation and the local chapter of the global charity Caritas.

Roughly 50 children from diverse backgrounds gathered on the driving range and were given an introduction to golf by several professionals who competed this week as part of a general focus on growing the game amongst the youth on the island.

And the enthusiasm for the game of those who attended surprised even Dylan Frittelli, a former winner of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

“It’s amazing to see how once they’ve figured out the grip and the swing and they hit a good shot, they turn around to their friends and you can just see the pure joy on their faces. Seeing that is pretty cool for us as professionals as well,” said Frittelli.

It’s a feeling Frittelli himself remembers.

“I can remember being six years old and for the first time hitting a ball out of the middle of the club, and that feeling just running through your hands and up your arms. That’s the feeling that made me want to always go back to the driving range and made me wake my dad up early in the morning to take me.

“That feeling when you strike a golf ball well for the first time wasn’t a feeling I’d ever had playing any other sports. It’s good to see just how keen the kids here are on golf.”

The golf clinic in partnership with the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open provides a seamless pathway that allows a young Mauritius golfer to be exposed to the game and then see at the highest level where it could take him or her.

And it’s clearly working as the tournament’s aspirational effect has increased participation in golf on the island.

“When we look at the figures, we can see a significant increase in the number of licenses,” said Yannick Merven, President of the Mauritius Golf Federation (MGF). “Compared to last year we have a more than 12% increase in licenses, and especially amongst the juniors where we are seeing growth of more than 25%. The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open definitely contributes to this growth of the game. This tournament creates dreams for our younger generation and for young Mauritians to one day want to compete on tour.”

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16th December 2023

Oosthuizen chasing back-to-back wins in AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Louis Oosthuizen has set himself up for back-to-back victories on the Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour as he takes a one-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at La Réserve Golf Links.

Playing a golf course he co-designed with Peter Matkovich, Oosthuizen now seems intent on showing how to win on it as well following a third round of 65 which included three eagles and which lifted him into the lead on 14 under par.

Jacques P de Villiers is his nearest challenger on 13 under par following a 68, while Laurie Canter is currently third on 11 under par after signing for a 65 on Saturday.

Oosthuizen won last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship to end a five-year win drought, and now looks set to double up with a win in Mauritius.

“I think that was the first time I’ve ever made three eagles in one round, and I missed a short putt for eagle on the eighth hole. I got such a boost from hitting a very good four iron into the fifth and making an eagle and then chipping it in for eagle on the sixth. That sort of momentum gets you going. The wind was tough and there were some good holes out there, but I think I managed myself very well. I played really well,” said Oosthuizen.

Should the South African triumph on Sunday it would complete a summer of co-sanctioned doubles on the Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour, with fellow South African Dean Burmester winning back-to-back in the Joburg Open and the Investec South African Open.

“I’m playing well so it’s all going to be about how I manage myself in the final round and my thought process around this golf course. With the wind being this strong you can miss a shot and easily get into trouble out there. But hopefully I keep calm and manage myself well and see if I can get another victory.”

Behind him, De Villiers is doing his best to focus on his own game as he prepares to tee it up in the final group with Major champion Oosthuizen.

“King Louis, indeed. I can’t control what he does but I can control what I do. I’ve got my plan. I’ve been playing well this season and I’ll stick to my game and hit my goals and focus on myself. Louis does his job and he does it well so we’ll see how it goes. I’m in there with a shout and that’s always a good feeling.”

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15th December 2023

Söderberg cashes in on tricky day at AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Sweden’s Sebastian Söderberg produced a composed second round of 65 to lead the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open by one stroke on a blustery day when La Réserve Golf Links presented an entirely different challenge.

A stronger wind and a tougher course set-up combined to keep the field largely in check after the low scoring of the opening round. It also made for a longer day as play was eventually suspended at 19:00 due to darkness, and with a few players who cannot change the lead who still need to complete their second rounds which they will do early on Saturday morning before the start of the third round.

Söderberg was able to get the most out of it though as he climbed to 10 under par overall and heads into the weekend chasing his second DP World Tour title.

“It was just one of those days where it felt kind of easy,” said the Swede. “It was windy but I was hitting my driver really well. I took care of the par fives and the two driveable par fours and made birdies on most of them. My short game was really good on those occasions when I did miss the green, and my putting was solid. It was a good day.”

His nearest challengers are South Africa’s Jacques P de Villiers and Germany’s Marcel Schneider on nine under par following respective second rounds of 67 and 68.

“I drove it well and just kept myself going with no big issues. It was windy but it was a consistent wind,” said De Villiers.

Englishmen Paul Waring (73) and Daniel Brown (68) and defending champion Antoine Rozner (74) of France are all well placed for the weekend on eight under par.

But where Söderberg found the going easy with a round of seven under par that was the lowest of the day, most of the professionals found it to be far more of a tricky Friday.

“There was a lot of good stuff in there and a lot of rubbish, but that’s golf I suppose. They were quite clever with the set-up and it was really hard to hit it close to some of the flags especially on the crosswind holes. Off some of these elevated tees it’s really hard to control your ball into some of these fairways with long rough around as well,” said Waring.

Rozner, who set the course record with his 62 on day one, fought hard to remain in contention. “It was one of the longest days I’ve had on a golf course. I hit the ball solid on the front nine and felt I played better than level par there, but the back nine was just bad,” he said of a second nine that included a double bogey on the 13th.

But joint course designer Louis Oosthuizen, who is only three shots off the lead going into the weekend, was smiling at a golf course that he feels played closer to how he and Peter Matkovich designed it.

“The first-round scoring was very low and on a golf course that you’ve co-designed you want it to be as tough as it can be. I think the scoring might still be good this week as the course needs time to settle in, but in the future it will be very tough.”

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14th December 2023

Rozner sends a message with 62 to lead AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Antoine Rozner believes he sent a clear message to the rest of the field about defending his AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open title as he opened with an incredible course record 10-under-par 62 to lead the first round by one stroke at the new La Réserve Golf Links on Thursday.

“I think they’ve seen it won’t be easy to take this from me,” the Frenchman said of any challenge to his title.

It was a phenomenal round of golf that immediately became the first course record in the first championship round since this golf course opened shortly ahead of this week’s Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour co-sanctioned event. It was also the lowest round of golf in a tournament for the French professional.

“I couldn’t dream of a better start. I was really hot and shot seven under on the back nine. That was unbelievable. I didn’t miss a single shot and holed everything,” said Rozner, who even holed a bunker shot for eagle on 18 to set the clubhouse target in the morning.

After teeing off on the 10th and climbing to 11 under par with four holes to play, it was a round Rozner thought would end with a magical 59.

“Everything went my way. I birdied holes one, two and three and after the birdie at the fifth I really started thinking about shooting 59, but unfortunately the bad tee shot on the sixth cost me that magic number,” he said after a bogey there, which was followed by a birdie on eight and another bogey on the ninth.

His nearest challenger is England’s Paul Waring who birdied his final two holes for a 63 in the tougher afternoon conditions of wind and rain.

“It’s a little bit unexpected because I didn’t see the golf course until Wednesday because we were delayed getting here. I just walked the golf course on Wednesday and I liked the look of it, then I played great today. I saw Antoine go really deep in the morning so I knew there was a low one out there,” he said.

Young South African Jayden Schaper is currently third following a round of seven-under-par 65 which once again puts him in contention on this Opening Swing on the DP World Tour.

“I played with co-designer Peter Matkovich in the pro-am, and my home course of Ebotse Links is also designed by him. His courses really suit my game,” said Schaper.

But the man looking to become the first player to successfully defend his AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open title and who last year won the tournament by a record five strokes is looking determined to make his mark on this year’s event as well.

“It’s a good course and it will be a nice week. There is lot of golf to be played and I’m really pleased with my start,” he said.

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13th December 2023

La Réserve Golf Links a unique challenge for AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open field

Both Louis Oosthuizen, the co-designer of La Réserve Golf Links, and Marcel Siem, one of the few professionals to have played it before it hosts this week’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, have predicted that the newest golf course on the island will demand a variety of shots from the golfers gathered for the seventh edition of this Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour event.

In working with renowned golf course architect Peter Matkovich to create this magnificent links-style course, Oosthuizen said he wanted to bring back an element to the professional game he is passionate about.

“I love links golf because I believe in shot-making and I feel there should be more than one way to play a golf course. With links-style golf you’ve got to see the shot, and sometimes it’s not the prettiest shot but it’s the one that will work for you on that particular hole – a lot of shaping and just feeling your way around the golf course. I think in today’s game where it’s often about tee it up and hit it as far as you can, a course like this with the wind here hopefully brings a bit more skill into the game,” he said.

Having played the golf course more than most before this week, Siem concurred that this is exactly what La Réserve Golf Links will demand from the field.

“They’ve done a fantastic job with this golf course,” said Siem, an ambassador of Heritage Golf Club who now lives on the island of Mauritius.

“It will be a tough test. I hope the wind will blow as usual in Mauritius. You have to hit some good shots here, especially when the wind blows. The wind comes off the left most of the time, about 11 or 12 of the holes, so it’s made for a draw player. The fairways and greens are really good, and there are some really tough holes out here.”

The new golf course adds significantly to an AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open that has once again drawn a quality field, including defending champion Antoine Rozner.

“You can’t beat this. It’s just an absolute pleasure to come back here every year. I love the atmosphere in Mauritius and I love the golf courses,” said the Frenchman, whose victory in this event last December led to a memorable rest of the season where he achieved his best finish in a Major of tied 20th in The Open after playing his way into the top five going into the final round.

“My experience of The Open was huge for me. I think that is going to help me a lot for the next chapter of my career. The Majors would be the next step for me, for sure.”

Fellow Frenchman Mattieu Pavon returns to a tournament where he’s also had good finishes, and with the renewed confidence of claiming his first victory on the DP World Tour last season.

“It’s a great experience to come here every year. This is such a beautiful island with some great golf courses, and I think La Réserve Golf Links is very challenging with beautiful views.”

And former AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open champion Dylan Frittelli is back at a tournament that sparked bigger things in his own career.

“My win here in 2017 was huge. I’d played one season on the DP World Tour when I won this event and it propelled me to getting a PGA Tour card the following year, and then I had my win there. Having progressed through the Sunshine Tour, which does a fantastic job with these co-sanctioned events with the DP World Tour, I really look back at this win as having given me those bigger dreams.”

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12th December 2023

In-form Oosthuizen excited for AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Major winner Louis Oosthuizen arrives at this week’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in winning form as he joins a stellar field of Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour golfers for this year’s showpiece at the La Réserve Golf Links.

Oosthuizen claimed his 15th professional title worldwide when he won last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.

He brings that form with him to an AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in which he’ll be making his second appearance since 2017. The 72-hole tournament tees off on Thursday and finishes on Sunday.

The 2010 Open champion will feel even more confident considering that he is playing a La Réserve Golf Links course which he co-designed with Peter Matkovich and which he knows intimately.

“I’m really looking forward to this week. My family travelled to Mauritius before me and when I arrived here we had a few cocktails to celebrate my recent victory,” said Oosthuizen.

An in-form Oosthuizen adds immensely to a field that includes defending champion Antoine Rozner, five-time DP World Tour champion and Heritage Golf Club ambassador Marcel Siem, French star and recent DP World Tour champion Matthieu Pavon, the charismatic Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston who is making his return from injury, and former AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open champion Dylan Frittelli.

The field also includes rising Sunshine Tour stars such as Luca Filippi, Kyle Barker, Rupert Kaminski, Robin Williams, Jayden Schaper, Casey Jarvis and Ryan van Velzen who have all been challenging for their maiden victories in Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour co-sanctioned tournaments this summer.

La Réserve Golf Links adds significantly to the already world-class golf offering in the south of Mauritius and on the renowned Bel Ombre estate, with Heritage Golf Club having hosted the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on three previous occasions on its critically acclaimed Le Château Golf Course.

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11th December 2023

A dream Alfred Dunhill Championship victory for Oosthuizen

It took longer than expected but it was well worth the wait as Louis Oosthuizen won the Alfred Dunhill Championship by two strokes at Leopard Creek on Monday to finally claim a title he has sought for most of his career.

A storm on Sunday and the subsequent suspension of the final round forced the tournament into a Monday finish. But after twice finishing runner-up in this event, Oosthuizen was happy to wait as long as needed to claim a title he has desperately wanted.

“It feels good. I’ve waited a long time for this one and it’s very special. This and the SA Open are the two events in South Africa that I always wanted to win. I’m very happy,” said Oosthuizen after a final round of 69 and a winning total of 18 under par.

Charl Schwartzel finished second on 16 under par with a closing 71, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout took third place on 14 under par with a final round of 68.

Oosthuizen and Schwartzel were tied for the lead on 16 under par through seven holes of the final round when Sunday’s storm suspended play. They resumed on Monday morning and the two Major winners matched each other on the magnificent Leopard Creek layout before a run of three straight birdies from the 13th gave Oosthuizen the edge.

“I knew Charl was going to be around all day because he likes this golf course and he knows how to play it. I think it was those three putts (for birdie) that got me ahead. It’s tough to be very aggressive over the last few holes so I could sort of just hang on to making pars,” said Oosthuizen.

He had a three-shot lead with two holes to play and admits that Leopard Creek’s tough finishing stretch took it out of him.

“I didn’t have a great lie on 17 and ended up making bogey there and then on 18 I made par the hard way. But that’s what this golf course does. It’s such a good finishing golf course that you need to just hold on.”

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10th December 2023

Storm suspends play at Leopard Creek

The Alfred Dunhill Championship is set for a Monday finish following a storm that forced the suspension of Sunday’s final round at Leopard Creek.

The golfers were called off at 11:21 because of a large storm in the area. Play officially resumed at 16:00 and was then suspended for the day at 16:46.

The final round will resume at 09:00 on Monday.

Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen are currently tied for the lead on 16 under par through seven holes. Christiaan Bezuidenhout is their nearest challenger three shots back having also played seven holes.

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9th December 2023

Major friends chasing glory at Leopard Creek

It’s a story that goes back to their junior golf days together and it’s one that will continue on Sunday as co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will battle it out for the Alfred Dunhill Championship title at Leopard Creek.

The two South Africans and fellow Major champions came through Saturday’s third round tied for the lead on 15 under par, five strokes clear of their nearest challengers Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Andy Sullivan.

Oosthuizen secured his place at the top of the leaderboard with a magnificent joint course record 63, while an injury-free Schwartzel showed exactly why he so loves this course with his round of 65.

And now Schwartzel, the winner of four Alfred Dunhill Championship titles and with a further four runners-up finishes here, and Oosthuizen, who has twice finished runner-up in this championship, will do what they’ve done since their early amateur days and battle each other for a title they both desperately want.

“We’ve been friends for a long time and we’ve played this game for a long time. I don’t think we’ll treat it any other way than just trying our best and let the outcome be what it will,” said Schwartzel.

Oosthuizen certainly wants to add his name to a trophy that is close to any South African golfer’s heart.

“It would mean a lot. It’s the one event I’ve really wanted on my CV and I’ve come close a few times. I think I’ve got a good shot at it now,” he said.

Both Oosthuizen and Schwartzel were certainly in incredible form on Saturday.

Oosthuizen surged through the field with a round of seven birdies and an eagle, while Schwartzel produced a strong back nine in which he made four birdies and an eagle over his final seven holes.

“You know, this golf course can bite you and I’ve been on the bad side of this course a few times. There are certain holes where you can’t back down and you just need to make a good swing – I stuck with that today and didn’t back off on tough shots. It was pretty cool to tie the course record. The golf course is in such good shape that you feel like you have to play well because it’s such a beautiful setting,” said Oosthuizen.

Schwartzel had a similar approach to not fear certain shots on this course.

“Everything felt good and my golf swing was back to how I remember it. I had total control of the golf ball and that was fun.”

Behind them, Bezuidenhout remains a very real threat as well having won this title in 2020 and now lining up a shot at a second triumph here following his third round of 68.