Mauritius, Rozner leader after the first round

The final week of the golfing calendar has arrived, marking the end of the first wave of events for the 2024 season with the DP World Tour

by Andrea Gussoni
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Mauritius, Rozner leader after the first round
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The final week of the golfing calendar has arrived, marking the end of the first wave of events for the 2024 season with the DP World Tour. The location is nothing less than spectacular, having just concluded the first round of the AfrAsia Bank-sponsored Mauritius Open.

Frenchman Antoine Rozner leads the pack after the first 18 holes with an impressive score of -10 (62 strokes), holding a one-shot lead over England's Paul Waring, who sits at -9.

Antoine Rozner, results

Playing on the stunning La Réserve Golf Links course within the vast expanse of the Heritage Golf Club, Rozner is vying to defend his title from last year, albeit on a different course.

Today, the Frenchman discovered an instant connection with the course, growing stronger with each hole, resulting in two bogeys, ten birdies, and an eagle on the eighteenth. Waring closely trails in second place with an impressive bogey-free round, holding strong at -9.

It's a two-shot difference to land at the current third-placed contender, South African Jayden Schaper, who lingers at -7.

Four golfers are now tied in fourth place at -6: American Dan Erickson, South Africans Darren Fichardt, Lyle Rowe, and Englishman Laurie Canter.

The top-10 is then completed by seven golfers with a score of -5 in a joint eighth position: South Africans Pieter Moolman, Casey Jarvis and Joco Prinsloo, Dutchman Lars Van Meijel, German Marcel Schneider and the first of the four Italians on the course: Matteo Manassero.

Manassero is experiencing an absolutely standout end to 2023, making him a strong contender for next year's revelation.

After a difficult start with bogeys, the Italian put together a fantastic 67. From that moment on, he dramatically increased the level of his game, scoring five birdies and an eagle. There were many high-quality shots from the Italian, but his shot on the 15th is worth telling.

Manassero demonstrated his talent and class by sinking a fantastic approach shot for birdie. It required an incredible amount of skill and imagination to make the ball climb up the hillside next to the flag, almost coming to a stop, before taking the slope and rolling back down towards the center of the hole.

In general, all Italians made a decent showing on the golf course, with Andrea Pavan and Renato Paratore among the group of golfers tied for 16th place at -4.

A sizable crowd of twenty-one players makes up this group. Unfortunately, Guido Migliozzi had a challenging day and currently sits in 108th place with a total score of +1 (73). To make the cut tomorrow, Migliozzi will need to pull off one of his remarkable rounds.

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