AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open R1

Five-way tie for lead in Mauritius

December 05-08
Heritage Golf Club, Heritage Bel Ombre, Mauritius
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Rookie Rasmus Højgaard, French duo Benjamin Hebert and Romain Langasque, Rolex Series winner Brandon Stone and Scot Grant Forrest all fired opening rounds of 66 to share the lead at the top of a congested leaderboard after day one of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

Mauritius Open R1 - Five-way tie for lead in Mauritius
Rasmus Højgaard. Credit: Getty Images

“It’s always nice to start a tournament in this way,” said Hebert. ” I enjoy the course. It is in very good condition. It was a good round of golf and it was pretty fun out there. 

“The wind was quiet this morning, a little bit different direction than usual. But then it turned and started to blow. The course is in great condition anyway so, if you find a good way to manage the wind it is very scoreable.”

The island paradise is hosting players from the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour in the tri-sanctioned event, and the leading quintet took advantage of good conditions to get to six under par.


A further nine players are in a share for second just one shot further back, with 77 players under par and within five shots of the lead.

Dane Højgaard made his first European Tour cut at last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship and he carried that momentum forward with a bogey free effort to sit alongside Hebert in the early lead.

The 18-year old may be playing his first season on the European Tour but the family name has been on golfing lips since 2018 when he and identical twin brother Nicolai combined with John Axelsen to win the Eisenhower Trophy for Denmark and played together in the Junior Ryder Cup.

“It was great, I played well and gave myself a lot of chances. Conditions are very good. It’s a course where if you are playing well you can see a lot of chances. I managed to take them today. 


“I had a full season on the Challenge Tour, which gave me a lot of confidence in what I am doing. I just need to believe in myself. It’s paying off right now and hopefully it will pay off in the long run as well.

“Rookie of the year would be very nice (as an objective to meet) but it will definitely take some good results to get that. I’ll just try to play as well as I can and see where I end up.”


With increased winds in the afternoon, it looked like the duo may not be caught but Forrest, Langasque and Stone played beautifully to reach the summit and sit a shot ahead of South Africans Jaco Ahlers, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Keith Horne and Zander Lombard, French duo Matthieu Pavon and Antoine Rozner, Belgian Thomas Detry, American Sihwan Kim and Portuguese Ricardo Santos.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-5
66
T1
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-5
66
T1
Brandon Stone
RSA
-5
66
T1
Romain Langasque
FRA
-5
66
T1
Grant Forrest
SCO
-5
66
T6
Keith Horne
RSA
-4
67
T6
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-4
67
T6
Zander Lombard
RSA
-4
67
T6
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
67
T6
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
67
T6
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
67
T6
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-4
67
T6
Ricardo Santos
POR
-4
67
T6
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-4
67
T15
Connor Syme
SCO
-3
68
T15
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
68
T15
David Law
SCO
-3
68
T15
Justin Harding
RSA
-3
68
T15
Ockie Strydom
RSA
-3
68
T15
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
68
T15
Calum Hill
SCO
-3
68
T22
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
-2
69
T22
Abhijit Chadha
IND
-2
69
T22
Renato Paratore
ITA
-2
69
T22
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-2
69
T22
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
-2
69
T22
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-2
69
T22
J. J. Senekal
RSA
-2
69
T22
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
69
T22
Marcel Siem
GER
-2
69
T22
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
69
T22
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
-2
69
T22
Estiaan Conradie
RSA
-2
69
T22
Jack Senior
ENG
-2
69
T35
Keenan Davidse
RSA
-1
70
T35
Peter Karmis
RSA
-1
70
T35
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
-1
70
T35
John Catlin
USA
-1
70
T35
Johannes Veerman
USA
-1
70
T35
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
-1
70
T35
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
70
T35
Hennie Otto
RSA
-1
70
T35
Gregory Havret
FRA
-1
70
T35
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
70
T35
Garrick Higgo
RSA
-1
70
T35
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
70
T35
Alex Haindl
RSA
-1
70
T35
William Liu
CHN
-1
70
T35
Rhys Enoch
WAL
-1
70
T35
Travis Smyth
AUS
-1
70
T35
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-1
70
T35
Shinichi Mizuno
HKG
-1
70
T35
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
70
T35
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-1
70
T35
Richard Bland
ENG
-1
70
T35
JC Ritchie
RSA
-1
70
T35
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-1
70
T35
Gerrit Foster
RSA
-1
70
T59
Julien Guerrier
FRA
Par
71
T59
Kyle Barker
RSA
Par
71
T59
Mardan Mamat
SGP
Par
71
T59
Christiaan Basson
RSA
Par
71
T59
George Coetzee
RSA
Par
71
T59
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
71
T59
Richard T. Lee
CAN
Par
71
T59
Ashley Chesters
ENG
Par
71
T59
Viraj Madappa
IND
Par
71
T59
Jake Roos
RSA
Par
71
T59
Casey O’Toole
USA
Par
71
T59
David Drysdale
SCO
Par
71
T59
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
71
T59
Paul Lawrie
SCO
Par
71
T59
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
Par
71
T59
Jarin Todd
USA
Par
71
T59
Dylan Naidoo
RSA
Par
71
T59
Merrick Bremner
RSA
Par
71
T59
Sutijet Kooratanapisan
THA
Par
71
T78
Ben Geyer
USA
1
72
T78
Thomas Linard
FRA
1
72
T78
David Howell
ENG
1
72
T78
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
72
T78
Carlos Pigem
ESP
1
72
T78
Rahil Gangjee
IND
1
72
T78
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
1
72
T78
Seung-Jae Maeng
USA
1
72
T78
Bryce Easton
RSA
1
72
T78
Jack Harrison
ENG
1
72
T78
Teemu Putkonen
FIN
1
72
T78
Nicholas Latimer
USA
1
72
T78
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
1
72
T78
Adrian Meronk
POL
1
72
T78
Matthew Jordan
ENG
1
72
T78
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
1
72
T78
Aman Raj
IND
1
72
T78
Oliver Farr
WAL
1
72
T78
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
72
T78
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
72
T78
Robin Roussel
FRA
1
72
T78
Taehee Lee
KOR
1
72
T78
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
1
72
T78
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
1
72
T78
Hong-Taek Kim
KOR
1
72
T78
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
72
T78
Daniel Fox
AUS
1
72
T105
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
73
T105
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
73
T105
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
2
73
T105
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
73
T105
Udayan Mane
IND
2
73
T105
Philip Eriksson
SWE
2
73
T105
Jeremy Wendelken
USA
2
73
T105
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
2
73
T105
Matias Calderon
CHI
2
73
T105
Doug McGuigan
RSA
2
73
T105
Pierre Pellegrin
MRI
2
73
T105
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
2
73
T117
Garth Mulroy
RSA
3
74
T117
Thomas Pieters
BEL
3
74
T117
Shiv Kapur
IND
3
74
T117
Justin Walters
RSA
3
74
T117
Jake Redman
RSA
3
74
T117
Aadil Bedi
IND
3
74
T117
Anthony Michael
RSA
3
74
T117
Steve Surry
ENG
3
74
T117
Toto Thimba Jr.
RSA
3
74
T117
Lyle Rowe
RSA
3
74
T117
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
3
74
T117
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
3
74
T117
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
3
74
T117
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
74
T117
Settee Prakongvech
THA
3
74
T117
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
3
74
T133
Benjamin Poke
DNK
4
75
T133
Chiragh Kumar
IND
4
75
T133
Benjamin Follett-Smith
ZIM
4
75
T133
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
4
75
T133
Jean Hugo
RSA
4
75
T133
Riekus Nortje
RSA
4
75
T133
Janne Kaske
FIN
4
75
T133
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
75
T133
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
4
75
T133
Naras Luangphetcharaporn
THA
4
75
T133
Poom Pattaropong
THA
4
75
T133
James Du Preez
RSA
4
75
T145
Martin Rohwer
RSA
5
76
T145
Karandeep Kochhar
IND
5
76
T145
Andre de Decker
RSA
5
76
T145
David Gleeson
AUS
5
76
T145
Lloyd Jefferson Go
PHI
5
76
150
Matthias Schmid
GER
6
77
T151
Michael Palmer
RSA
7
78
T151
Daniel James Masrin
INA
7
78
T151
Ruan Conradie
RSA
7
78
154
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
8
79
155
Arjun Prasad
IND
10
81
156
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
11
82