European Tour champions George Coetzee (pictured), Justin Harding and Brandon Stone have added their names to an already strong field for the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the Heritage Golf Club from December 5 to 8. Photo: Thinus Maritz/Sunshine Tour

BEL OMBRE  European Tour champions George Coetzee, Justin Harding and Brandon Stone have added their names to an already strong field for the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the Heritage Golf Club from December 5 to 8.

The trio of South Africans join a field including Major winner Paul Lawrie of Scotland, Belgian Ryder Cup stars Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Pieters and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Shubhankar Sharma of India, and top amateurs Matthias Schmid of Austria and Pierre Pellegrin of Namibia.

Coetzee returns to the Indian Ocean island as a four-time European Tour champion and the winner of the inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage Golf Club in 2015.

The South African is seeking to win a European Tour event twice for the second time in his career after he won the Tshwane Open in 2015 and 2018. He also recently claimed his 10th Sunshine Tour title when he won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final at the beginning of November.

“I feel like I’m in a good space now and playing pretty well. I’m looking forward to the summer season and hopefully my golf will be good. It’s an exciting time for me,” he said.

Harding, ranked 23rd on the Race to Dubai, made his breakthrough on the European Tour this year with his victory in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which was his fifth victory in 12 months wherein he also won on the Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour and broke into the top-50 in the world rankings for the first time in his career.

And Stone heads to Mauritius as a three-time European Tour champion, including his Rolex Series victory in the 2018 Scottish Open.

Korean professional Taehee Lee will be amongst those leading the Asian Tour challenge in this tournament as the highest ranked player on the Asian Tour’s Habitat for Humanity Standings in fourth place.

The €1-million (R16.1m) tournament is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year as a leading tri-sanctioned tournament between the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour. 

African News Agency (ANA)