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South African stars set for AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
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South African stars set for AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

European Tour winners George Coetzee, Justin Harding and Brandon Stone have joined an international field for the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the Heritage Golf Club from December 5-8, 2019.

George Coetzee

The trio of South Africans will tee it up alongside Scottish Major winner Paul Lawrie and his fellow Ryder Cup stars Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner and two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar Sharma of India, and top amateurs Matthias Schmid and Pierre Pellegrin.

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. He is seeking to win a European Tour event twice for the second time in his career after his victories in 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,” said Coetzee.

Harding made his breakthrough on the European Tour in the 2019 season 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 on the world ranking for the first time in his career.

Stone heads to Mauritius as a three-time European Tour champion, including his Rolex Series victory in the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments 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 tournament is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year as a leading tri-sanctioned tournament between the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour.