The South African golfer Hennie Otto carves his name in the South African Open Championship by holding off the Austrian Bern Wiesberger, who will also be present at the AfrAsia Golf Masters as from the 11th December. Otto presented himself as a leader at the fourth round of this European circuit, and while resisting to the fight-back of his competitors, Otto captured his second victory on the tour, his first since the Italian Open 2008. “I was close to winning several times since, but I never managed to succeed”, he declared.
Two other guests of the prestigious AfrAsia Golf Masters Mauritius at Anahita were also leaders of the 4-day S.A competition – The Austrian runner-up Bern Wiesberger and the French Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, gearing towards victory until the last round but eventually ranked 32nd.
Another talented golfer, the French Gregory Havret, will also be joining the competition following a good result at the last UBS Hong Kong Open trophy. Playing alongside World number two Rory McIlroy, he settled for second place with a 65, while the former, closed the competition with a spectacular five-under-par 65 which included a dramatic closing birdie from the bunker for a two-stroke victory.
Havret, who also finished second behind McIlroy at the U.S. Open, said an opening bogey proved costly although he fought back with four birdies and one eagle. “The only mistake is probably the first hole where I three-putted. Nothing of absolute beauty because I didn’t win. I had a chance going into the last one behind him but I obviously made a bad drive, and that was for me very hard to make par, but Rory did and managed to make an efficient shot. He seems to like this hole quite a lot, and, yeah, his shot (birdie) was absolutely amazing,” said Havret.
All these amazing performances look very promising before this second edition of the professional Mauritian tournament which will bring together the twenty best golf players of the Allianz Golf Tour and ten specially invited guest players of the European Tour. The competition will take place at the Ernie Els designed golf course with breathtaking oceanfront holes – the Four Seasons Golf Course Mauritius at Anahita. Besides Otto, Wiesberger and Gonnet, the competition also welcomes Grégory Havret, Christian Cévaër, Victor Dubuisson as well as the Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, the winner of the 2010 edition who is holding on to an impressive season and who will be keen to secure his title. In line with being a big-hitter, this young player looks a firm favourite for this year’s challenging competition.
Organised by Canal+ Events, the game is played on stroke play. On 15th and 16th December, an original pairing (one professional and one amateur) is established in an Alliance format. Moreover the competition is preceded by two PRO-AMs (AfrAsia PRO-AM and Anahita World Class Sanctuary PRO-AM), where professionals and amateurs will be mixed in an opening round scheduled on the 13th & 14th. The Pro tournament will be held on Saturday 17th December 2011 and will be opened to the public. As compared to last year, the total prize money has been increased to €75,000, thus rendering it one of the most sought-after competitions in this geographical area.
The competition will be broadcast four times on the Sport+ channel worldwide, in order to allow Mauritius to show the quality of its golf courses as well as its legendary hospitality.
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