AFRASIA BANK MAURITIUS OPEN 2019
ABOUT THE AFRASIA BANK MAURITIUS OPEN
Heritage Resorts will host the fifth edition of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, the only tri-sanctioned golf tournament in the world endorsed by the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours.
The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open will be played at the #1 ranked Heritage Golf Club from 5th – 8th December, 2019 where 156 of the world’s top golf professionals of the 3 endorsing tours will be competing for the 1 million Euro prize fund.
Programme of week
WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER
- Professional practice round
THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER
- Day 1 of the tournament
FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER
- Day 2 of the tournament
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER
- Day 3 of the tournament
- Development Clinic at the Heritage Golf Club Driving Range
SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER
- Day 4 of the tournament
- Prize giving ceremony
Tournament Name: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
The Venue: The Heritage Golf Club, Heritage Resorts on the Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius.
Tournament Dates: 5th - 8th December 2019
Sanctioned by: The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open will be an official tri-sanctioned Order of Merit event on the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and the Asian Tour.
Pro-Am Date: 3rd December 2019 – Strictly by invitation only.
Pro-Am Teams: Each team comprises of 3 amateurs guests and 1 professional golfer.
Pro-Am Format: Professional golfers will tee off from the championship tees and the amateurs off the club markers.
Official Practice Round Dates: 4th December 2019 (Wednesday)
Competition Format: It will be a 72-hole (4 day) stroke play Championship with 18 holes played each day. The field will comprise 156 professionals. Play will be in three-balls on the first two days, and in two-balls on the last two days after the cut. Play will be in accordance with the Rules of Golf of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the PGA Sunshine Tour, European Tour, and Asian Tour Tournament Rules.
Participating Golfers: At least 40 players from each tour Order of Merit
Prize Money: € 1,000,000.
Broadcast Dates: 5th - 8th December 2019. Broadcast times will be announced closer to the tournament.
Public Access: The public will be able to purchase tickets at the door to attend the tournament.
|Thursday & Friday||Saturday & Sunday||Weekly Rate|
|Foreign Nationals||Rs 600 (€15)||Rs 1,000 (€25)||Rs 1,600 (€40)|
|Mauritian Residents||Rs 300 (€ 7.50)||Rs 600 (€15)||Rs 1,000 (€25)|
Fun fair at la Place du Moulin: climbing wall, mini zip line, laser tag, quad, buggy, golf simulator...
- Water points / Refreshment stations for spectators at the public village on the Heritage Golf Club's parking
- On-Course big screens
- On-Course leaderboards
- No camera/photo allowed on the course
- No cooler boxes
- No pets allowed
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the golf course
- VIP Parking
- Public Parking
Mauritius ready to host the most beautiful week in golf
The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open celebrates its fifth anniversary as “golf’s most beautiful tournament” this year, and at the end of a jam-packed season of Majors some of the world’s leading professionals are now viewing Mauritius as the ideal destination for a mid-season break and some practice at the award-winning Heritage Golf Club.
German professional golfer Marcel Siem attended the official launch of the 2019 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on the 1st of August and another full field of professionals will gather at Heritage Golf Club from the 5th to the 8th of December for a tri-sanctioned tournament that is driving the growth of Mauritius as an increasingly popular destination for the world’s leading professionals.
Last year four-time Major winner Ernie Els made his debut in the tournament, joining 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 Open champion and 2016 European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn, and a host of former Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup players as well as multiple Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour winners.
And this September Heritage Golf Club will break ground on the construction of its second championship course, a design collaboration between Peter Matkovich and Louis Oosthuizen that will further enhance the island’s status as a growing powerhouse in world golf travel.
“We are extremely proud of the phenomenal growth of this tournament in five years and how it has captured the attention of some of the leading players in world golf. The vision for our sponsorship of this event was always around driving the growth of Brand Mauritius, and as a bank firmly committed to the success of Mauritius. The development around the tournament mirrors our own status as a bank with a truly global reach,” said Sanjiv Bhasin, Chief Executive Officer of AfrAsia Bank.
Being the last event of the year on the Sunshine Tour held directly after the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the Alfred Dunhill Championship as well as the second tournament on the European Tour's Race to Dubai for the 2020 season also make it a very attractive way for professionals to finish their year with a golf in paradise.
“It has been remarkable to witness the growth of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, which has provided the perfect platform to showcase Mauritius and our award-winning resorts in Heritage Bel Ombre to the rest of the world. The positive feedback from the players is that this is indeed golf in paradise,” said Francois Eynaud, CEO of Veranda Leisure and Hospitality (VLH).
“We are excited to be starting with the construction of our second championship golf course at the Heritage Golf Club this September and it will add significantly to a hospitality and golf offering which we believe rivals the best in the world.”
The 2018 edition of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open back at Four Season Golf Club in Anahita
After a successful edition at Heritage Golf Club, this year the 4th edition of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open was held once again at the Four Seasons Golf Club in Anahita from 29 November to 2 December.
This major tournament on the international golf calendar is the first to be sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, the European Tour and the Asian Tour, and has become the largest sporting event in the Indian Ocean. Last year, this tournament hosted the largest field of players in its history, with 156 professionals of more than 30 nationalities, including some of the biggest names in the sport.
This year it was the American Kurt Kitayama who won his first title on the European circuit in his third participation, after a tough game. This talented 25 years-old golfer scored an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys to finish at 68 (-4) for a total of 268 shots, against Kitayama who finished the tournament at 20 under par.
The Indian S. Chikkarangappa and French Matthieu Pavon both finishing at 67 (-18) for a total of 270 strokes. South African Justin Harding finished fourth at 71 ( -17), a total of 271 strokes ahead of previous year's winner Dylan Frittelli, 65 (-16) for a total of 272 and Japan's Masahiro Kawamura, 69 (-16) and 272 strokes.
The 2017 edition of the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open was held at Heritage Resorts
Heritage Golf Club hosted from November 30 to December 3 of 2017 an expanded field of 156 professional golfers at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.
This year, the field was composed of 48 professionals from the three circuits and 12 guests who competed in a 72-hole stroke play championship. With more than 30 nationalities, one of the most international squads of the European Tour competed for the prize money of 1,000,000 EUR.
After the successful second edition at Anahita in 2016 which saw the victory of Jeunghun Wang, the tournament was back at Heritage Resorts where George Coetzee once again defended his title on the best golf course in the Indian Ocean (World Golf Awards 2014,2015, 2016 & 2017). Heritage Golf Club is part of Heritage Resorts and offers the finest golfing experience in the Indian Ocean. Located between land and sea, this magnificent 18-hole championship golf course designed by Peter Matkovich combines panoramic views with a vast fairway that can accommodate golfers of all levels.
Finally, it was Dylan Frittelli who won his second victory by defeating the Indian Arjun Atwal in a play-off for a most thrilling final.
The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open edition 2016 was held at the Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita.
The most important golf event on the island and only tri-sanctioned tournament endorsed by the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours.
With a field of 126 international players facing each other to win a prize fund of € 1 000 000, the 2016 edition attracted some of the greatest international players such as Li Haotong, the 20 year old Chinese prodigy and winner of the Volvo China Open in April in 2016; Thomas Levet one of the greatest French players; Australian Scott Hend, recent winner of the True Thailand Classic in March 2016, and George Coetzee, South African player and defending champion of the inaugural edition of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open held at the Heritage Resorts in 2015. Jeunghun Wang claimed the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open title after an intense battle with Siddikur Rahman on the 15th of May 2016 at the Four Seasons Golf Club, Anahita.
This win made Wang the first player to win in consecutive weeks since Rory McIIroy claimed the WGC Bridgestone Invitational followed by the US PGA championship in 2014.
The 2015 edition of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open held in May 2015 was the first ever tri-sanctioned golf tournament endorsed by the Sunshine, European and Asian Tours.
The 2015 edition drew top performing golfers from each of the three participating Tours and showcased the world class facilities of the best golf course in the Indian Ocean, Heritage Golf Club (World Golf Awards 2014,2015 &2016).
The exceptional golf event came with big names: the winner of the BMW PGA Championship / DP World Tour Championship, Simon Khan (England) and winners of Race to Dubai tournaments, Andrew Dodt (Australia), Thomas BJØRN (Denmark), Thorbjørn OLESEN (Denmark), Scott HEND (Australia) as well as Mikael Lundberg (Sweden), George Coetzee (South Africa) and Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa). In the second round of the inaugural tournament in 2015, Spain's Javier Colomo made a hole-in-one the par-4 on the 9th hole, the first par four ace in the history of all three co-sanctioning tours. George Coetzee was crowned the champion of the 2015 edition after playing the 18th hole three times and will be back to defend his title in 2017.