The fifth edition of the European Tour’s ArfAsia Bank Mauritius Open heads to the south side of the island for this week’s playing at the Heritage Golf Club in Domaine de Bel Ombre. The event has rotated venues with the Four Seasons in Anahita since its 2015 maiden and returns to a spot where South African players have flourished in this tournament. George Coetzee won the inaugural event and Dylan Frittelli captured hardware in 2017. Coetzee is one of the favorites at online sportsbooks while Frittelli is not among the 156 entrants. A tight field of golfers offers up tantalizing tournament matchups. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete and updated list of matchup betting odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open Matchup at BookMaker.eu
Jaco Van Zyl -115 vs. Johannes Veerman -115
Alexander Bjork -130 vs. Adrien Saddier +100
John Catlin -103 vs. Justin Walters -127
Thomas Detry -165 vs. George Coetzee +131
Jeff Winther -123 vs. Connor Syme -107
Darren Fichardt +100 vs. Sihwan Kim -130
Shiv Kapur -102 vs. Jaco Ahlers -128
Callum Hill -135 vs. Dean Burmester +105
Benjamin Hebert -150 vs. Brandon Stone +120
Thomas Pieters -125 vs. Thomas Detry -105
Zander Lombard -110 vs. Benjamin Hebert -120
Oliver Bekker +127 vs. Haydn Porteous -160
Romain Langasque -128 vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout -102
Miguel Tabuena +100 vs. Edoardo Molinari -130
Adrian Meronk -115 vs. Antoine Rozner -115
Jack Singh Brar -155 vs. Ashun Wu +124
Matthieu Pavon -105 vs. Richard Bland -125
Alejandro Canizares -116 vs. Daniel van Tonder -114
Thomas Pieters -175 vs. George Coetzee +139
Thomas Aiken +101 vs. Matthew Jordan -131
Justin Harding -115 vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout -115
Romain Langasque -128 vs. Justin Harding -102
Renato Paratore -140 vs. Ashley Chesters +110
Shubhankar Sharma -119 vs. Nicolas Colsaerts -111
Zander Lombard -140 vs. Brandon Stone +110
Need to Know
Heritage Golf Club is a short 6,986-yard, par-71 that seemingly always gets interrupted by strong wind gusts since it rests on the coast of the Indian Ocean. And with Mauritius being a vacation landing spot Heritage is a resort-style course with generous fairways. It’s a small sample size, but driving accuracy wasn’t a factor in the previous two editions. To stay away from the high grass and jungle it would be wise for players to club down for better accuracy. The idyllic layout has rolling mountains on one side and the ocean on the other creating severe elevation changes. The ninth and 18th tee boxes sit high above the fairway and water comes into play on five holes. Mr. Dunhill wasn’t too kind last week as I hit on two of five matchup picks. The winners were whoppers, though, with Pablo Larrazabal taking the title and Zander Lombard a plus-odds dog.
AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Matchup Picks
Jaco Van Zyl -115 vs. Johannes Veerman
It’s a generalization but recent results confirm the point that South Africans play well on the island. And Van Zyl is a countryman with familiarity who is coming off a recent injury and bout with poor form. However, he’s performed well lately snagging a T32 at the French Open with another positive being his T14 at last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship. He makes his Heritage debut this week, but he’s gone T12-T23 in two starts at Anahita, which will favor him in this matchup.
Oliver Bekker +127 vs. Haydn Porteous
Did I mention that South African players traditionally do well on the island? Yes, yes I did. And another among the bunch is Bekker, who apparently really likes the Heritage layout. A seven-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, Bekker tees it up with this event tri-sanctioned by the Sunshine, Asian and Euro Tours. And he’s made the most of his opportunities with a T8 in 2015 and a T9 two years ago. At the initial playing he topped the field in GIR and he has the David vs. Goliath attitude.
Nicolas Colsaerts -111 vs. Shubhankar Sharma
He’s not a South African but Colsaerts is a regular on the island and he’s looking to tame the Heritage layout after a MC in his only start. The good news is that he comes in on run of good form. He won the French Open and has played the weekend in his last five starts. Colsaerts also grabbed a podium finish at Anahita and is admittedly a fan of Mauritius.
George Coetzee +131 vs. Thomas Detry
I’ll tell you what I almost fainted when I saw Coetzee at plus-odds in this matchup. He hasn’t been particularly sharp lately but he’s been good. A T3 at the Open de France in October was gratifying and he followed that with a T14 at the Portugal Masters. He even won a minor event on the Sunshine Tour a month ago. Not as rewarding in his last two Tour starts, but his play at Heritage and in this event are reasons for optimism. He won the thing in 2015 and followed with a T9 two years later at Heritage. He also snared a T27 and T28 at Anahita. I’ll take the SA star in this matchup at that price.
Zander Lombard -140 vs. Brandon Stone
Sticking with a familiar theme in the matchups, another South African that stands out is Lombard. The fact that he missed three cuts at this event is disturbing, but he’s an island regular with past success at coastal venues with windy conditions. And he enters on a heater with three top-10s in his last five starts, including a T7 last week at Leopard Creek. He ended last season with a T8 at the Nedbank Challenge and also posted a T7 at the Spanish Open. I like him to finally play the weekend at this tournament.
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