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AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita

Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita, Coastal Road. Beau Champ

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November 29 - December 02

Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita, Coastal Road. Beau Champ

€1,000,000

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Round 2

Kitayama takes the lead in Mauritius

November 30, 2018

Kurt Kitayama produced a second successive round of 65 to open up a two-shot lead heading into the weekend at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita.

Kitayama takes the lead in Mauritius, © Getty Images

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Qualifying School graduate Kitayama of the United States fired nine birdies on a hot and humid morning at Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita to get to 14 under par, with a double bogey at the second the only blemish on his scorecard.

“I started with a birdie and then just had a little blunder at two. I got back on track right after so it was nice to bounce back after a double. Just a little pitching wedge on 17, hit it to about five or six feet and made that putt. Hit a good drive on 18, so that was short iron in and a two putt. Two stress-free birdies."

“I'm driving it well which is making it a lot easier. It's a pretty big advantage to be able to hit shorter irons in. I'm feeling pretty comfortable."

“I'll stay the same over the weekend, still be aggressive. It's gone well so far so don't want to switch things up too much.”

S Chikkarangappa is Kitayama's closest challenger on 12 under par, with the Indian recovering from back to back bogeys on his front nine thanks to a superb run of five birdies after the turn in his round of 68.

“I started the round well; a par followed by a birdie. I just got a bit of bad luck on holes 14 and 15, where my ball got plugged in the bunker."

“I told myself to hit more fairways and give myself birdie opportunities, and that was what I did from hole one. I birdied the first hole and made birdies until hole five. That was an important run for me to get back to where I was yesterday.”

Frenchman Victor Perez, who matched Chikkarangappa's round of 64 on Thursday, followed that up with a second round 69 to sit one shot further back, alongside his countryman Matthieu Pavon. Teeing off from the 10 th , Pavon recovered from an opening bogey with an eagle on the 13 th and a run of four birdies from the 18 th in his round of 66.

“It was definitely nice to back up the performance of yesterday with another solid round," said Perez. "Only one dropped shot early which could have been avoided but I don't think I was really in trouble, except at the 11th where I could have dropped a shot and I was able to make a nice par save. Definitely pleased moving into the weekend."

“I feel like the conditions are ideal. It's not windy, it's warm, the ball is travelling quite far. It helps some of those missed shots a little bit to still carry and get the distance.”

Another Qualifying School graduate in Ireland's Gavin Moynihan, who has only dropped two shots in the last two rounds – both at the par three eighth hole – is at 10 under par, with Trevor Fisher Jnr of South Africa one shot further back.

“I played one of my better ball-striking rounds of the year," said Moynihan. "I played lovely, holed a few nice putts. I played similar enough yesterday but just didn't hole as many putts. Very happy."

“The eighth is a tough par three, 215 or 220, and I missed in the left bunker both days. Tomorrow I'll be trying to put it up the right somewhere. I just missed my par putt today but no complaints. I holed a few nice putts so it all evened out."

“It's a very chilled week, almost a reward for getting through Q School. I'll just enjoy the week but you have to play well, just freewheel it a bit. Obviously looking forward to the next few days.”

England's Lee Slattery, South African trio Oliver Bekker, Merrick Bremner and Justin Harding, and Japan's Masahiro Kawamura, who also secured his 2019 European Tour card through Qualifying School, are in a tie for seventh place at eight under par.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-14
65
65
130
2
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
-12
64
68
132
T3
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-11
67
66
133
T3
Victor Perez
FRA
-11
64
69
133
5
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-10
69
65
134
6
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
-9
69
66
135
T7
Justin Harding
RSA
-8
67
69
136
T7
Lee Slattery
ENG
-8
67
69
136
T7
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-8
65
71
136
T7
Merrick Bremner
RSA
-8
68
68
136
T7
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-8
67
69
136
T12
Jbe Kruger
RSA
-7
70
67
137
T12
Max Schmitt
GER
-7
71
66
137
T12
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-7
70
67
137
T15
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-6
72
66
138
T15
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-6
70
68
138
T15
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-6
70
68
138
T15
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-6
70
68
138
T15
Clement Sordet
FRA
-6
71
67
138
T15
Jean Hugo
RSA
-6
71
67
138
T15
Lionel Weber
FRA
-6
69
69
138
T15
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
-6
67
71
138
T15
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
67
71
138
T15
William Liu
CHN
-6
71
67
138
T25
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-5
69
70
139
T25
Alex Haindl
RSA
-5
67
72
139
T25
David Drysdale
SCO
-5
69
70
139
T25
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
69
70
139
T25
Ernie Els
RSA
-5
69
70
139
T25
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-5
71
68
139
T25
Keith Horne
RSA
-5
68
71
139
T25
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-5
71
68
139
T25
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
-5
71
68
139
T34
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-4
73
67
140
T34
Berry Henson
USA
-4
69
71
140
T34
Bowen Xiao
CHN
-4
73
67
140
T34
Estiaan Conradie
RSA
-4
70
70
140
T34
Gregory Havret
FRA
-4
72
68
140
T34
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-4
70
70
140
T34
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-4
65
75
140
T34
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
68
72
140
T34
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
-4
70
70
140
T34
Paul Peterson
USA
-4
68
72
140
T34
Philip Eriksson
SWE
-4
68
72
140
T34
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
-4
68
72
140
T46
Dawie van der Walt
RSA
-3
72
69
141
T46
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
69
72
141
T46
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-3
72
69
141
T46
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
70
71
141
T46
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-3
68
73
141
T46
Jack Harrison
ENG
-3
71
70
141
T46
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-3
76
65
141
T46
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-3
71
70
141
T46
Kim Koivu
FIN
-3
70
71
141
T46
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
72
69
141
T46
Stuart Manley
WAL
-3
71
70
141
T46
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-3
70
71
141
T46
Tyrone Ryan
RSA
-3
69
72
141
T59
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
76
66
142
T59
Hennie Otto
RSA
-2
74
68
142
T59
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-2
70
72
142
T59
Julien Brun
FRA
-2
70
72
142
T59
Romain Langasque
FRA
-2
70
72
142
T59
Udayan Mane
IND
-2
70
72
142
T59
Viraj Madappa
IND
-2
68
74
142
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
76
67
143
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-1
72
71
143
CUT
James Kamte
RSA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Madalitso Muthiya
ZAM
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Marc Cayeux
ZIM
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Niall Turner
IRL
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Steve Surry
ENG
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Toto Thimba Jr.
RSA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Travis Smyth
AUS
-1
68
75
143
CUT
Aman Raj
IND
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Derick Petersen
RSA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Doug McGuigan
RSA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Michael Palmer
RSA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Steve Lewton
ENG
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Wenchong Liang
CHN
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Arjun Atwal
IND
1
73
72
145
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Casey O'Toole
USA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Danie van Tonder
RSA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
1
70
75
145
CUT
J. J. Senekal
RSA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jake Roos
RSA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
69
76
145
CUT
Junya Kameshiro
JAP
1
72
73
145
CUT
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
77
68
145
CUT
Matias Calderon
CHI
1
74
71
145
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
1
74
71
145
CUT
Rhys Enoch
WAL
1
72
73
145
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
2
70
76
146
CUT
Bae-Jong Park
KOR
2
71
75
146
CUT
Christoffer Baumann
SWE
2
75
71
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jarin Todd
USA
2
72
74
146
CUT
John Catlin
USA
2
70
76
146
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
73
73
146
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
2
70
76
146
CUT
Matthew Jordan
ENG
2
72
74
146
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
3
74
73
147
CUT
Bryce Easton
RSA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Jared Harvey
RSA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jesse Yap
SGP
3
70
77
147
CUT
Karandeep Kochhar
IND
3
72
75
147
CUT
MJ Viljoen
RSA
3
71
76
147
CUT
Marc Ong
SIN
3
71
76
147
CUT
Rhys West
RSA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Settee Prakongvech
THA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Vaughn Groenewald
RSA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Basil Wright
RSA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
4
72
76
148
CUT
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
4
77
71
148
CUT
Keenan Davidse
RSA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Mitchell Slorach
SGP
4
72
76
148
CUT
Neil Schietekat
RSA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Ockie Strydom
RSA
4
71
77
148
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Lyle Rowe
RSA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Steven Lecuyer
CAN
5
76
73
149
CUT
Garth Mulroy
RSA
6
70
80
150
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
6
70
80
150
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
76
74
150
CUT
Paul Harris
USA
6
75
75
150
CUT
Samarth Dwivedi
IND
6
76
74
150
CUT
Shohei Hasegawa
JAP
6
78
72
150
CUT
Simon Griffiths
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Abdul Hadi
SGP
7
78
73
151
CUT
Ulrich van den Berg
RSA
7
76
75
151
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
9
79
74
153
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
9
77
76
153
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
9
77
76
153
CUT
Ruan De Smidt
RSA
11
78
77
155
CUT
Khai Jie Low
MAL
12
75
81
156
CUT
Andre de Decker
RSA
13
75
82
157
CUT
David Gleeson
AUS
13
79
78
157
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
13
81
76
157
CUT
Pierre Pellegrin
MUS
14
77
81
158
CUT
Adriel Poonan
RSA
21
85
80
165
RET
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
71
-
71
RET
Himmat Rai
IND
Par
-
-
0
RET
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
Par
77
-
77
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-14
65
130
2
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
-12
68
132
T3
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-11
66
133
T3
Victor Perez
FRA
-11
69
133
5
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-10
65
134
6
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
-9
66
135
T7
Justin Harding
RSA
-8
69
136
T7
Lee Slattery
ENG
-8
69
136
T7
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-8
71
136
T7
Merrick Bremner
RSA
-8
68
136
T7
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-8
69
136
T12
Jbe Kruger
RSA
-7
67
137
T12
Max Schmitt
GER
-7
66
137
T12
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-7
67
137
T15
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-6
66
138
T15
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-6
68
138
T15
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-6
68
138
T15
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-6
68
138
T15
Clement Sordet
FRA
-6
67
138
T15
Jean Hugo
RSA
-6
67
138
T15
Lionel Weber
FRA
-6
69
138
T15
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
-6
71
138
T15
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
71
138
T15
William Liu
CHN
-6
67
138
T25
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-5
70
139
T25
Alex Haindl
RSA
-5
72
139
T25
David Drysdale
SCO
-5
70
139
T25
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
70
139
T25
Ernie Els
RSA
-5
70
139
T25
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-5
68
139
T25
Keith Horne
RSA
-5
71
139
T25
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-5
68
139
T25
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
-5
68
139
T34
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-4
67
140
T34
Berry Henson
USA
-4
71
140
T34
Bowen Xiao
CHN
-4
67
140
T34
Estiaan Conradie
RSA
-4
70
140
T34
Gregory Havret
FRA
-4
68
140
T34
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-4
70
140
T34
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-4
75
140
T34
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
72
140
T34
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
-4
70
140
T34
Paul Peterson
USA
-4
72
140
T34
Philip Eriksson
SWE
-4
72
140
T34
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
-4
72
140
T46
Dawie van der Walt
RSA
-3
69
141
T46
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
72
141
T46
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-3
69
141
T46
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
71
141
T46
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-3
73
141
T46
Jack Harrison
ENG
-3
70
141
T46
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-3
65
141
T46
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-3
70
141
T46
Kim Koivu
FIN
-3
71
141
T46
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
69
141
T46
Stuart Manley
WAL
-3
70
141
T46
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-3
71
141
T46
Tyrone Ryan
RSA
-3
72
141
T59
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
66
142
T59
Hennie Otto
RSA
-2
68
142
T59
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-2
72
142
T59
Julien Brun
FRA
-2
72
142
T59
Romain Langasque
FRA
-2
72
142
T59
Udayan Mane
IND
-2
72
142
T59
Viraj Madappa
IND
-2
74
142
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
72
143
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
71
143
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
67
143
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-1
70
143
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-1
71
143
CUT
James Kamte
RSA
-1
71
143
CUT
Madalitso Muthiya
ZAM
-1
72
143
CUT
Marc Cayeux
ZIM
-1
68
143
CUT
Niall Turner
IRL
-1
73
143
CUT
Steve Surry
ENG
-1
70
143
CUT
Toto Thimba Jr.
RSA
-1
69
143
CUT
Travis Smyth
AUS
-1
75
143
CUT
Aman Raj
IND
Par
69
144
CUT
Derick Petersen
RSA
Par
72
144
CUT
Doug McGuigan
RSA
Par
74
144
CUT
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
Par
72
144
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
72
144
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
71
144
CUT
Michael Palmer
RSA
Par
73
144
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
Par
71
144
CUT
Steve Lewton
ENG
Par
72
144
CUT
Wenchong Liang
CHN
Par
71
144
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
72
144
CUT
Arjun Atwal
IND
1
72
145
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
73
145
CUT
Casey O'Toole
USA
1
72
145
CUT
Danie van Tonder
RSA
1
72
145
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
1
75
145
CUT
J. J. Senekal
RSA
1
72
145
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
72
145
CUT
Jake Roos
RSA
1
73
145
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
76
145
CUT
Junya Kameshiro
JAP
1
73
145
CUT
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
68
145
CUT
Matias Calderon
CHI
1
71
145
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
1
71
145
CUT
Rhys Enoch
WAL
1
73
145
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
74
145
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
2
76
146
CUT
Bae-Jong Park
KOR
2
75
146
CUT
Christoffer Baumann
SWE
2
71
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
2
72
146
CUT
Jarin Todd
USA
2
74
146
CUT
John Catlin
USA
2
76
146
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
73
146
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
2
76
146
CUT
Matthew Jordan
ENG
2
74
146
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
2
75
146
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
3
73
147
CUT
Bryce Easton
RSA
3
73
147
CUT
Jared Harvey
RSA
3
72
147
CUT
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
3
75
147
CUT
Jesse Yap
SGP
3
77
147
CUT
Karandeep Kochhar
IND
3
75
147
CUT
MJ Viljoen
RSA
3
76
147
CUT
Marc Ong
SIN
3
76
147
CUT
Rhys West
RSA
3
72
147
CUT
Settee Prakongvech
THA
3
72
147
CUT
Vaughn Groenewald
RSA
3
73
147
CUT
Basil Wright
RSA
4
74
148
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
4
76
148
CUT
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
4
71
148
CUT
Keenan Davidse
RSA
4
73
148
CUT
Mitchell Slorach
SGP
4
76
148
CUT
Neil Schietekat
RSA
4
72
148
CUT
Ockie Strydom
RSA
4
77
148
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
5
74
149
CUT
Lyle Rowe
RSA
5
74
149
CUT
Steven Lecuyer
CAN
5
73
149
CUT
Garth Mulroy
RSA
6
80
150
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
6
80
150
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
74
150
CUT
Paul Harris
USA
6
75
150
CUT
Samarth Dwivedi
IND
6
74
150
CUT
Shohei Hasegawa
JAP
6
72
150
CUT
Simon Griffiths
ENG
6
76
150
CUT
Abdul Hadi
SGP
7
73
151
CUT
Ulrich van den Berg
RSA
7
75
151
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
9
74
153
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
9
76
153
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
9
76
153
CUT
Ruan De Smidt
RSA
11
77
155
CUT
Khai Jie Low
MAL
12
81
156
CUT
Andre de Decker
RSA
13
82
157
CUT
David Gleeson
AUS
13
78
157
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
13
76
157
CUT
Pierre Pellegrin
MUS
14
81
158
CUT
Adriel Poonan
RSA
21
80
165
RET
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
-
71
RET
Himmat Rai
IND
Par
-
0
RET
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
Par
-
77