Sunday, 03 December 2017
Day Four Highlights - AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open 2017
Dylan Frittelli beat Arjun Atwal at the first play-off hole to capture the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

The 27 year old South African, who was named European Tour Graduate of the Year at the start of the week after finishing 19th on the 2017 Race to Dubai, birdied the first extra hole after both players had finished on 16 under par.

While Frittelli was a worthy winner of his second European Tour title in tough conditions at Heritage Golf Club after producing a closing 67, the result was harsh on Atwal.

The 44 year old from India, who will captain his continent in next month's EurAsia Cup, began the week with a sparkling 62 and almost snatched victory when his eagle putt on the last lipped out before settling for birdie and a closing 68.

Frittelli was quick to pay tribute to his closest challenger.

I've set some pretty lofty goals and achieved most of them so I can't wait for 2018 - Dylan Frittelli

"Arjun Atwal - great payer, tremendous player," he said. "I played with him yesterday and it was one of the most fun rounds I've had in recent times.

"He's a player who's played all over the world, won in America, won all over the world and I'm glad I could steal one from him here.

"It's been a pretty good year for me. I've set some pretty lofty goals and achieved most of them so I can't wait for 2018 - set more goals and go and chase them again."

Having begun the day one behind leaders Atwal and Louis De Jager, Frittelli birdied the second but failed to get up-and-down at the fourth to hand the shot back.

Frittelli chipped in for an unikely par at the sixth, picked up another shot at the seventh and got up-and-down from a bunker at the ninth before chipping close at the tenth for back-to-back birdies.

Another birdie at the 14th put him in control, but after missing out on a gain at the par five last, the door was left ajar for Atwal who was a whisker away from walking through it after a superb approach to 20 feet at the 18th.

France's Romain Langasque, playing on a tournament invite after losing his card at the end of last season, recorded his best European Tour finish as a 67 saw him finish third on 14 under.

Earlier a late charge from Louis Oosthuizen had lit up the final round.

Former Open champion Oosthuizen began his final round six shots back and there was little sign of a late title tilt when he turned in a one under par 34.

However, the South African started for home with a hat-trick of birdies and then hit a spectacular second to the par five 14th to set up his second eagle of the day.

His challenge ended as abruptly as it had began, with a wayward shot finding trees on the 16th and leading to a triple-bogey seven, as he eventually finished tied for seventh after a 67.


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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
2ATWAL, ArjunIND18-16
3LANGASQUE, RomainFRA18-14
4DE JAGER, LouisRSA18-13
T5PAVON, MatthieuFRA18-12
T5TABUENA, MiguelPHI18-12

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