ANAHITA – Ernie Els has confirmed that he will play in the 2018 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita from November 29 to December 2.
The Mauritius Open is a tri-sanctioned tournament between the European Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour.
The four-time Major winner and former world number one will make his debut in the Mauritius Open, which this year will be played on an Anahita golf course that he designed. The tournament was also staged here in 2016.
“I’m really looking forward to playing there,” said Els, who is an International Ambassador for the Asian Tour.
“It was a privilege to design this golf course and we’re thrilled with how it has matured in the past 10 years. One of its strengths is that we were able to maximise the visual impact of the surrounding scenery, but at the same time preserve the coastline’s natural beauty.
"The hole routings move in and out of the trees, along the water, and back, giving players great variety and magnificent views of the ocean. It’s going to be a lot of fun playing it in tournament conditions.”
Els’s presence continues the tournament’s growth in its four years as a tri-sanctioned event, and during which it has already featured some of the biggest names in golf.
These include 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 Open champion and former European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, and victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn.
Els is preparing for a big year in 2019 where he will captain the International Team in the Presidents Cup in Australia against his American rival Tiger Woods.
“It’s obviously going to be a very busy and exciting 2019,” said Els. “But The Presidents Cup is a little way off yet, so for now I’m very much focused on competing and trying to get the most out of my game."
African News Agency (ANA)