European Golf Tour
PGA European - AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 7th through Sunday, May 10th
SITE: Heritage Golf Club, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius
COURSE ARCHITECT: Matkovich and Hayes (2004)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,036
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 458 yds10 - Par 4 417 yds
2 - Par 4 461 yds11 - Par 4 406 yds
3 - Par 3 196 yds12 - Par 4 368 yds
4 - Par 4 435 yds13 - Par 3 195 yds
5 - Par 4 334 yds14 - Par 5 546 yds
6 - Par 4 427 yds15 - Par 3 168 yds
7 - Par 5 565 yds16 - Par 4 460 yds
8 - Par 3 231 yds17 - Par 4 463 yds
9 - Par 4 334 yds18 - Par 5 572 yds
35 3,441 Yds36 3,595 Yds
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4-6 a.m. (et)
Total Purse:  $893,933
Shares:  1st Place - $184,497; 2nd Place - $123,002; 3rd Place - $69,300
Past AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
20151st Year of the Event

Top Players in the Field
K. AphibarnratWon 2015 Shenzhen International, 2 European Tour wins
Thomas Bjorn15 European Tour Wins, Member of 3 Ryder Cup teams
Daniel Chopra2 PGA Tour wins
George CoetzeeWon 2015 Tshwane Open, 2 European Tour wins
Andrew DodtWon 2015 True Thailand Classic, 2 European Tour wins
Nick Dougherty3 European Tour wins
Scott HendWon 2014 Hong Kong Open
Thomas Levet6 European Tour wins, 2004 European Ryder Cup team
Mikael Lundberg3 European Tour wins
Thorbjorn Olesen2 European Tour Wins

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Darkhorse - Prom Meesawat
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jordan Spieth) - Lost in Round Robin Matches
Last Week's Darkhorse (Paul Casey) - Lost in Quarterfinals
The European Tour travels to Mauritius this week for the inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage Golf Club. The top players from the European Tour are in the United States for the Players Championship. Therefore, the highest ranked player in the field is South African George Coetzee at No. 63.

Coetzee captured his second career European Tour title in March at the Tshwane Open in his home country. He lost in the round robin matches last week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in California.

This tournament is the fourth of five new events on the European Tour this season. Andrew Dodt won the True Thailand Classic in February; Anirban Lahiri captured the Hero Indian Open also in February; Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the Shenzhen International in April. The final new event will be the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay, which will be held July 30-August 2 in Scotland.

This will mark the first time that the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour have jointly sanctioned a European Tour event. Mauritius has hosted the European Senior Tour every year since 2010.

The European Tour moves to Spain next week for the Open de Espana in Barcelona, where Miguel Angel Jimenez will defend his title in his home country.

05/05 16:37:19 ET

As of May 5, 2015, at 04:37 PM ET