Otto happy with “toughest-ever” Mauritius performance

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open - Day TwoFour Seasons Golf Club at Anahita ambassador Hennie Otto says conditions at the second edition of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open are the toughest he has seen on the Ernie Els designed layout.

“It was another tough day here. It’s a pity the wind is blowing so hard you know, but it’s the same for everyone isn’t it? It’s the toughest you will play this golf course – the last two days. Patience I think is a good thing. They did move up a few tees and that makes it a bit easier, but it’s still – there are some par-four’s that you can’t get there.”

Otto completed his second round to be placed at one-under-par for the tournament, which currently leaves him in a share of eighth place.

“I mean the way the wind is blowing, to be one-under for the tournament; I didn’t expect one-under to be honest. It’s really tough out there and I just tried to stay in there, really. If you do miss the greens, just make sure you can up-and-down, and that’s what I did.”

With property on the resort, Otto has made the most out of his local knowledge, but with the conditions as challenging as they have been, even he has needed to adapt to the wind.

“It does help, I must say. You know where to miss and where not to miss it. This wind has never blown like this, so it’s all-new. It does help though. The greens are a bit slower, and it’s a bit more difficult because usually the greens are much quicker. “

At the half-way stage of play on day two, the round of the day belonged to Oliver Bekker, who carded a three-under-par 69, to leave him on level-par for the tournament.

Bekker said, “It was really tough. It’s even harder than yesterday. We had a couple of spells of rain as well just to mix it up a bit. I’m very happy with my round.

Bekker echoed Otto’s thoughts about the importance of scrambling around the small greens, and it is something the players need to rely on in order to post a solid number in the testing conditions.

“I’ll be just trying to hit it low and keep it in play and hopefully make a couple of putts and scramble. Scrambling today was the key in weather like this. You’re not going to hit many greens, especially when you’re hitting two-irons into par fours. It’s tough, so if you can chip and putt well, you’ll be up there,” said Bekker.

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