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On the tee: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

On the tee: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Former winner George Coetzee will get his AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open campaign under way alongside big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters and India’s Shubhankar Sharma at Heritage Golf Club.

George Coetzee

The winner of The European Tour’s inaugural event in Mauritius in 2015, South African Coetzee comes into the event on the back of a top-25 finish at the season opening Alfred Dunhill Championship.

He tees off at 07:20 in a group boasting 10 European Tour titles between them.

The same three nationalities are represented in the 07:30 grouping on Thursday, where India’s Shiv Kapur is joined by Coetzee’s compatriot Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Belgian Thomas Detry.

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie tees off at 12:00 alongside South African Jaco Ahlers and India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar.

Belgian bomber Nicolas Colsaerts goes out at 12:20 and he will be joined by Korea’s Taehee Lee and South African Daniel van Tonder.

In the following group, last week’s runner-up Joel Sjöholm is paired with Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines and another South African in JC Ritchie.

Zander Lombard, who was in contention to win last week at Leopard Creek until he found water at the last, goes off at 07:10 alongside France’s Benjamin Hebert and American Johannes Veerman – who also comes into the event on the back of a top-ten finish.