December 4: Here are five interesting takeaways from the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and the KG S&H CITY Asian Golf Championship.
1Bowen Xiao joined the play-for-ranks in 2012 and has become the third Chinese player following Zhang Lian-wei and Liang Wen-chong to win on the Asian Tour, following his 2017 Asian Golf Championship win.
2Tabuena had no pars in his opening six holes in the final round. He went bogey, eagle, bogey, double bogey and birdie. He added two more birdies against one bogey to settle for a share of fifth place. He later admitted that he was playing through a wrist injury and that the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open might be his final event in 2017.
3Kaikou Golf Club’s West course proved to be tough and unforgiving for the players. Xiao’s closing round of 74 is the highest finish by a winner on the Asian Tour this season. His four-day total of three-under-par 285 is also the highest winning score this season.
4Arjun Atwal came so close to winning the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. The galleries and viewers at home were kept on the edge of their seats in a thrilling final day where his eagle putt on the last lipped out! If the putt went in, Atwal would have won the tournament. His battling performance will be an inspiration to his players at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM where he will captain Team Asia against Team Europe in the match-play event in 2018.
5Dylan Frittelli won the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in an eventful final day. The South African had to play with 13 clubs after breaking his four-iron on the par-four sixth hole. His club snapped after hitting it against a tree but he recovered nicely by chipping in for par from the edge of the green. It was a huge turning point in the round.