Mauritius, November 30: Sebastian Heisele of Germany produced a solid back nine with five birdies to grab the share of the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Thursday.
The German, who regained his European Tour card at Qualifying School earlier in the month, posted an opening 66 to tie for the lead alongside South Africa’s Louis de Jager at the Heritage Golf Club.
Jager was in the running to take the sole lead before missing a close range par-putt on the last hole. He also bogeyed the opening hole before shooting seven birdies at the €1million (approximately US$1.07 million).
Major champion Louis Oosthuizen and George Coetzee of South Africa, who won this event in 2015, were bunched up in tied third place on matching 67s.
Heisele struggled with poor tee shots in calm morning conditions but the 29-year-old bounced back after the turn with five birdies including a tap-in birdie on the closing hole.
Masahiro Kawamura of Japan, who finished tied fifth here in 2015, was the best Asian performer after the morning round. He ended the day on a 68, two shots back of the early leaders.