AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open R2

Hill reaches the summit in Mauritius

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


European Challenge Tour graduate Calum Hill will take a one shot lead into the weekend at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open after a stunning second round of 64.

Mauritius Open R2 - Hill reaches the summit in Mauritius
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“The last couple of days the game has been nice. Managed to get the putter going well today, which added up to a good score. Last week was a slow start and I played better at the weekend. I’ve just built on it from there.”

The Scot recorded a top 15 finish at last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship to get the season off to a promising start and he brought that form to Heritage Golf Club, moving to 12 under par as he matched the low round of the week.

“I’m happy with that, especially to make a putt on the last hole to finish off a good round. I made a lot of long range putts – 20, 25 foot – probably made four of those. 


“So far, so good (on the European Tour). We seem to be following the sunshine so we’re always playing in warm weather and the courses are in great condition. I haven’t noticed a huge difference yet coming from Challenge Tour. Obviously the fields are stronger, but it’s the same as every tournament you play – you go out and do your best, see where that puts you at the end of the week, and dig in when you need to.”

Hill won twice in 2019 to secure his European Tour card, and he now leads his second event of the new season after recording nine birdies and just a single bogey on Friday.

The final gain – a 20 foot putt on the last – was enough to edge the 25 year old ahead of Rolex Series winner Brandon Stone of South Africa, Belgian Thomas Detry and Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who all reached 11 under par in Bel Ombre.

“Very happy with how things went today,” said Stone. “I got off to a nice start this morning; a couple of birdies early which kind of settled the nerves a little bit. And then from there I just played great all day.

“Very low stress, always in play, gave myself a lot of opportunities and managed to convert a fair number of them and sitting 11-under-par going into the weekend is exactly where you want to be.

“The target for the weekend to is go as low as we can go, actually. It’s going to be a challenge and at the same time, there’s a lot of really top quality players in the field, so you’re going to go out and try to shoot as low as you can and, hopefully, by Sunday evening it’s going to be enough.”


French pair Benjamin Hebert and Antoine Rozner, American Sihwan Kim and Scot Connor Syme are one shot further back in the event that is tri-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour, with Danes Rasmus Højgaard and Søren Kjeldsen and South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout at nine under par.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Calum Hill
SCO
-12
68
64
132
T2
Brandon Stone
RSA
-11
66
67
133
T2
Thomas Detry
BEL
-11
67
66
133
T2
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-11
67
66
133
T5
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-10
67
67
134
T5
Connor Syme
SCO
-10
68
66
134
T5
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-10
67
67
134
T5
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-10
66
68
134
T9
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-9
66
69
135
T9
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-9
68
67
135
T9
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-9
67
68
135
T12
Travis Smyth
AUS
-8
70
66
136
T12
Renato Paratore
ITA
-8
69
67
136
T12
Ashun Wu
CHI
-8
71
65
136
T12
Bryce Easton
RSA
-8
72
64
136
T16
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-7
71
66
137
T16
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-7
68
69
137
T16
Grant Forrest
SCO
-7
66
71
137
T16
Louis De Jager
RSA
-7
72
65
137
T16
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-7
72
65
137
T16
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
-7
70
67
137
T16
Garrick Higgo
RSA
-7
70
67
137
T23
Anthony Michael
RSA
-6
74
64
138
T23
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-6
70
68
138
T23
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-6
71
67
138
T23
JC Ritchie
RSA
-6
70
68
138
T23
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-6
69
69
138
T23
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
-6
69
69
138
T23
Estiaan Conradie
RSA
-6
69
69
138
T23
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-6
71
67
138
T23
Keith Horne
RSA
-6
67
71
138
T23
Zander Lombard
RSA
-6
67
71
138
T23
Hennie Otto
RSA
-6
70
68
138
T23
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
71
67
138
T35
David Law
SCO
-5
68
71
139
T35
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-5
67
72
139
T35
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
-5
70
69
139
T35
Abhijit Chadha
IND
-5
69
70
139
T35
John Catlin
USA
-5
70
69
139
T35
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-5
69
70
139
T35
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
-5
69
70
139
T42
Oliver Farr
WAL
-4
72
68
140
T42
William Liu
CHN
-4
70
70
140
T42
Rhys Enoch
WAL
-4
70
70
140
T42
Paul Lawrie
SCO
-4
71
69
140
T42
Romain Langasque
FRA
-4
66
74
140
T42
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
-4
72
68
140
T42
Ockie Strydom
RSA
-4
68
72
140
T42
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-4
70
70
140
T42
Marcel Siem
GER
-4
69
71
140
T42
Jack Senior
ENG
-4
69
71
140
T42
Thomas Linard
FRA
-4
72
68
140
T42
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-4
74
66
140
T42
Lee Slattery
ENG
-4
70
70
140
T42
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
69
71
140
T56
Ricardo Santos
POR
-3
67
74
141
T56
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-3
70
71
141
T56
Richard Bland
ENG
-3
70
71
141
T56
Doug McGuigan
RSA
-3
73
68
141
T56
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
-3
73
68
141
T56
Settee Prakongvech
THA
-3
74
67
141
T56
Sutijet Kooratanapisan
THA
-3
71
70
141
T56
Keenan Davidse
RSA
-3
70
71
141
T56
Christiaan Basson
RSA
-3
71
70
141
T56
Johannes Veerman
USA
-3
70
71
141
T56
Udayan Mane
IND
-3
73
68
141
T56
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
71
70
141
T56
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-3
70
71
141
T56
Gregory Havret
FRA
-3
70
71
141
T56
Justin Walters
RSA
-3
74
67
141
T56
Seung-Jae Maeng
USA
-3
72
69
141
T56
Viraj Madappa
IND
-3
71
70
141
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Aman Raj
IND
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Ben Geyer
USA
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Dylan Naidoo
RSA
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Garth Mulroy
RSA
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Richard T. Lee
CAN
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Casey O’Toole
USA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
71
72
143
CUT
David Howell
ENG
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Hong-Taek Kim
KOR
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
68
75
143
CUT
Merrick Bremner
RSA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Nicholas Latimer
USA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Poom Pattaropong
THA
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Riekus Nortje
RSA
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Shinichi Mizuno
HKG
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Teemu Putkonen
FIN
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Toto Thimba Jr.
RSA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Adrian Meronk
POL
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Alex Haindl
RSA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Jack Harrison
ENG
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Jean Hugo
RSA
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Khalin Joshi
IND
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Matthew Jordan
ENG
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Taehee Lee
KOR
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
75
70
145
CUT
Daniel Fox
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
J. J. Senekal
RSA
1
69
76
145
CUT
Jake Roos
RSA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
74
71
145
CUT
Jeremy Wendelken
USA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Kyle Barker
RSA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
1
74
71
145
CUT
Peter Karmis
RSA
1
70
75
145
CUT
Philip Eriksson
SWE
1
73
72
145
CUT
Robin Roussel
FRA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
1
72
73
145
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
2
74
72
146
CUT
Benjamin Follett-Smith
ZIM
2
75
71
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jarin Todd
USA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Karandeep Kochhar
IND
2
76
70
146
CUT
Rahil Gangjee
IND
2
72
74
146
CUT
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Benjamin Poke
DNK
3
75
72
147
CUT
Chiragh Kumar
IND
3
75
72
147
CUT
David Gleeson
AUS
3
76
71
147
CUT
Mardan Mamat
SGP
3
71
76
147
CUT
Ruan Conradie
RSA
3
78
69
147
CUT
Andre de Decker
RSA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
4
72
76
148
CUT
Gerrit Foster
RSA
4
70
78
148
CUT
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Matias Calderon
CHI
4
73
75
148
CUT
Matthias Schmid
GER
4
77
71
148
CUT
Michael Palmer
RSA
4
78
70
148
CUT
Pierre Pellegrin
MRI
4
73
75
148
CUT
Steve Surry
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Janne Kaske
FIN
5
75
74
149
CUT
Lyle Rowe
RSA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Aadil Bedi
IND
6
74
76
150
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jake Redman
RSA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
6
79
71
150
CUT
Martin Rohwer
RSA
6
76
74
150
CUT
Shiv Kapur
IND
6
74
76
150
CUT
James Du Preez
RSA
7
75
76
151
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
7
75
76
151
CUT
Lloyd Jefferson Go
PHI
7
76
75
151
CUT
Naras Luangphetcharaporn
THA
7
75
76
151
CUT
Daniel James Masrin
INA
11
78
77
155
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
11
82
73
155
CUT
Arjun Prasad
IND
13
81
76
157