ANAHITA, Mauritius – Ernie Els is hoping the local knowledge he has of an Anahita golf course that he designed gives him an edge over the rest of the field when he makes his debut in the Mauritius Open on Thursday.
The four-time major winner and former world number one said his decision to play in the tournament was sparked by the 10th anniversary of the opening of the course he designed at the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita.
“It’s really exciting to be back, and I absolutely hope knowing the golf course gives me an advantage,” Els said on the eve of the first round of this tri-sanctioned tournament between the Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and European Tour.
“I haven’t been back here since we opened the course. It’s so nice to have a tournament of this stature played on our golf course.
“It’s amazing though, we designed the golf course 10 years ago, and this was during one of my phases where I liked small greens and run-off areas. Hopefully that doesn’t come back to bite me this week.”