Perez, Chikkarangappa share Mauritius lead

29th November 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Perez, Chikkarangappa share Mauritius lead

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Perez, Chikkarangappa share Mauritius lead

The opening round of the 4th AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open ended with France’s Victor Perez and India’s Chikkarangappa S sharing the lead after they both signed for eight-under 64 at Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita.

While Chikkarangappa’s round was bogey-free and with eight birdies, Perez’ was a little more eventful as he made nine birdies which were accompanied by a single bogey in hot conditions in Anahita.

“I’ve been playing a lot of good golf lately,” said Perez who is a graduate of the Challenge Tour. “It’s been a really good streak, sometimes a little hard to believe in golf when we know how the highs and the lows can be. I’ll just try to ride this wave for as long as possible.”

He admits that he cannot pin-point exactly what’s brought about the form he currently enjoys, and especially his solid start to this event which is the world’s first tri-sanctioned event by the Sunshine Tour, the European Tour and the Asian Tour.

“I don’t really know,” he said, “I was just kind of in the zone a little bit. Just trying to go shot after shot but I think there were some opportunities out there with no wind.”

The highest placing South African after the first round was Jaco van Zyl, who carded a flawless seven-under 65 to take a share of the third spot.

He made three birdies on the front nine to turn in 31. A par and a birdie on the 10th and 11th were followed by five straight pars before he closed his round with a birdie and an eagle.

“It’s great and it’s always nice to get off to a nice solid start,” said Van Zyl. “I played nicely and it was a really nice finish. I was four-under and then I finished birdie-eagle. The course here is in a really good condition.”

Masahiro Kawamura and Kurt Kitayama were tied with Van Zyl on third after they, too, carded bogey-free 65s.

Matthieu Pavon, Malcom Kokocinski, Matthias Schwab, Lee Slattery, Alex Haindl, the in-form Justin Harding and Oliver Bekker share the sixth spot on five-under-par for the opening round.

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