First held in 2015, this event on the island of Mauritius originally alternated between the Heritage Course in Bel-Ombre, and the Anahita Golf Club, before coming to a temporary halt in 2019. Initially co-sanctioned by the European, Sunshine, and Asian tours, one of the most notable events of the early editions came in 2015. Needing a birdie or better on the final hole of his round – at the par-four ninth – Javier Colomo promptly fired in a hole-in-one to make the cut with a shot to spare and record the first par four ace on any of the three sanctioning tours.
Following a two-year hiatus, the tournament returned in 2022 at its new home of the Mont Choisy Le Golf Club. A relatively short Parkland course, the palm-fringed fairways are generous but need to be found as the rough is notoriously unforgiving. Overall, the layout and setting tend to reward power players with the ability to handle the breeze coming in off the Indian Ocean.
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2022: Antoine Rozner
The 2022 World Cup may have ultimately ended in tears for the French national side, but earlier that Sunday afternoon things were a little brighter for the nation as the Mauritius Open reached its conclusion. When all was said and done, French players filled three of the top six spots on the leaderboard, with Antoine Rozner being the man to lead them home for a third DP World Tour success.
Taking a two-shot lead into the final round, Rozner was paired with compatriot Julien Brun who looked to be within striking distance. Any hopes of a close battle to the finish were however all but extinguished by Rozner who posted an eagle and three birdies on the front nine to create clear daylight between himself and the competition. The only slight blip came with a bogey at the seventeenth, but by that stage, the engraver was already busy etching his name in the trophy. Rounding things off with a birdie at the last – set up by the type of brave and pinpoint iron shot which had typified his week – an emotional Rozner finished five shots clear, taking the trophy and €170,000 in first-place prize money.
Julien Brun couldn’t get anything going in carding a 72 but did hang on for a respectable third-place finish, with the closing round of 67 from Spaniard Alfredo Garcia-Heredia taking him into second spot.