AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open R4

Danish teen Højgaard claims Mauritius play-off victory

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


Rasmus Højgaard became the third youngest winner in European Tour history with a dramatic play-off triumph at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

Mauritius Open R4 - Højgaard claims Mauritius play-off victory
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“I’m lost for words. It’s amazing and I’m over the moon. This is a dream come true for me. I just kept telling myself to believe in yourself and trust the number. I did what I could and it was enough for me to win.

“I was obviously nervous, playing in my first play-off but I was in a situation where I had nothing to lose. So, I was confident especially with my shots coming in. It was pretty cool to close out the 18 th hole today.

“My approach shots were all very good there and I just managed to do what I had to do. It’s cool to win so early in my career and it’s something just very amazing and I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”


The 18-year-old Dane birdied the 72nd hole to get to 19 under par alongside Italian Renato Paratore and Frenchman Antoine Rozner as the event went to a play-off for the third time in as many stagings at Heritage Golf Club.

Højgaard missed a 12 foot eagle putt for the title on the first trip back up the par five 18th hole but – after halving the hole in birdies with Rozner at the second attempt – made a three from similar range at the third time of asking to take the title.

At 18 years and 271 days old, only Italian Matteo Manassero – who won twice as a 17-year-old – and New Zealander Danny Lee have won on the European Tour at a younger age.

Højgaard came to prominence in 2018 as he won the Eisenhower Trophy for Denmark alongside identical twin Nicolai and John Axelsen and played with his brother at the Junior Ryder Cup.


Nicolai finished second to Sergio Garcia at last season’s KLM Open but after becoming the first player born in the 21st century to graduate from the Qualifying School, Rasmus is now a European Tour winner in just his fifth event.

That makes him the fastest Dane to a European Tour win, beating 15 time winner and 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn’s record of 24 events.


Belgian Thomas Detry, Scotland’s Grant Forrest, Benjamin Hebert of France and South African Louis de Jager finished one shot behind the leading trio on 18 under par, with another Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrest one shot further back in solo eighth position.

Julien Guerrier was the fourth player from France inside the top ten at 16 under par, alongside South African Oliver Bekker, Sihwan Kim of the United States and Scotland’s Connor Syme.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-19
66
69
66
68
269
T2
Renato Paratore
ITA
-19
69
67
66
67
269
T2
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-19
67
67
66
69
269
T4
Louis De Jager
RSA
-18
72
65
69
64
270
T4
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-18
66
68
70
66
270
T4
Grant Forrest
SCO
-18
66
71
67
66
270
T4
Thomas Detry
BEL
-18
67
66
67
70
270
8
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
-17
73
68
65
65
271
T9
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-16
71
67
68
66
272
T9
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-16
69
70
66
67
272
T9
Connor Syme
SCO
-16
68
66
69
69
272
T9
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-16
67
67
67
71
272
T13
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-15
74
66
67
66
273
T13
Ashun Wu
CHI
-15
71
65
68
69
273
T13
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-15
68
67
69
69
273
T13
Brandon Stone
RSA
-15
66
67
69
71
273
T17
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
-14
70
69
70
65
274
T17
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-14
67
66
75
66
274
T17
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
-14
69
70
66
69
274
T17
Calum Hill
SCO
-14
68
64
68
74
274
T21
Garrick Higgo
RSA
-13
70
67
71
67
275
T21
Johannes Veerman
USA
-13
70
71
67
67
275
T21
George Coetzee
RSA
-13
71
70
66
68
275
T21
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-13
67
68
68
72
275
25
Marcel Siem
GER
-12
69
71
69
67
276
T26
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-11
71
66
75
65
277
T26
Zander Lombard
RSA
-11
67
71
73
66
277
T26
Romain Langasque
FRA
-11
66
74
71
66
277
T26
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-11
71
67
71
68
277
T26
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-11
69
69
70
69
277
T26
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-11
71
67
70
69
277
T26
William Liu
CHN
-11
70
70
68
69
277
T33
Justin Walters
RSA
-10
74
67
69
68
278
T33
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-10
67
72
69
70
278
T33
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-10
70
71
67
70
278
T33
Travis Smyth
AUS
-10
70
66
71
71
278
T33
Thomas Linard
FRA
-10
72
68
67
71
278
T38
Ockie Strydom
RSA
-9
68
72
72
67
279
T38
Rhys Enoch
WAL
-9
70
70
71
68
279
T38
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-9
70
68
71
70
279
T38
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
-9
69
69
70
71
279
T38
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-9
69
71
68
71
279
T43
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-8
70
71
71
68
280
T43
Bryce Easton
RSA
-8
72
64
75
69
280
T43
John Catlin
USA
-8
70
69
72
69
280
T43
David Law
SCO
-8
68
71
71
70
280
T43
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
-8
72
68
70
70
280
T43
Lee Slattery
ENG
-8
70
70
66
74
280
T49
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-7
72
65
73
71
281
T49
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
-7
70
67
72
72
281
T49
Paul Lawrie
SCO
-7
71
69
68
73
281
T52
Seung-Jae Maeng
USA
-6
72
69
72
69
282
T52
JC Ritchie
RSA
-6
70
68
71
73
282
T54
Udayan Mane
IND
-5
73
68
74
68
283
T54
Keith Horne
RSA
-5
67
71
74
71
283
T54
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-5
70
70
72
71
283
T54
Hennie Otto
RSA
-5
70
68
73
72
283
T54
Gregory Havret
FRA
-5
70
71
70
72
283
T54
Abhijit Chadha
IND
-5
69
70
71
73
283
T60
Jack Senior
ENG
-4
69
71
72
72
284
T60
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-4
68
69
73
74
284
T60
Richard Bland
ENG
-4
70
71
69
74
284
T63
Keenan Davidse
RSA
-3
70
71
74
70
285
T63
Oliver Farr
WAL
-3
72
68
73
72
285
T65
Ricardo Santos
POR
-2
67
74
74
71
286
T65
Christiaan Basson
RSA
-2
71
70
73
72
286
T67
Sutijet Kooratanapisan
THA
1
71
70
75
73
289
T67
Settee Prakongvech
THA
1
74
67
74
74
289
T69
Doug McGuigan
RSA
2
73
68
74
75
290
T69
Anthony Michael
RSA
2
74
64
75
77
290
71
Viraj Madappa
IND
3
71
70
75
75
291
72
Estiaan Conradie
RSA
4
69
69
79
75
292
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