Rasmus Højgaard Wins Maiden European Tour Title In Mauritius

Denmark’s Rasmus Højgaard has won his first European Tour title by taking the victory at the AFRASIA BANK Mauritius Open.

18-year-old Rasmus Højgaard has become the third youngest player to ever win on the European Tour, just over a year older than Matteo Manassero was when he won the Castello Masters in 2010.

The Dane won out in a three-man playoff after he finished on -19 after 72 holes, alongside Frenchman Antoine Rozner and Italy’s Renato Paratore.

The Italian had the best round of the day, carding a 67, while Højgaard posted a 68, with Rozner, who led overnight, carding a 69 on the final day.

Paratore lost out on the first playoff hole, as both the Dane and the Frenchman birdied it, with the Italian only managing to score a par.

Rozner and Højgaard went on, and both would birdie the 18th on the second playoff hole, but on the third extra hole, the Dane was able to put it close in two, and he sank an eagle putt to lift the  first, of what will surely be many, European Tour title of his career.

Four men narrowly missed out on the playoff, with Louis de Jager, Grant Forrest, Thomas Detry and Benjamin Hebert all finishing their weeks at -18, a shot behind the leading trio. However, all four of those golfers could only manage a 5 at the par-5 18th hole.

Robin Sciot-Siegrist finished on his own in 8th place, having recovered from a first round 73 to finish at -17, having finished 68, 65, 65 at Heritage GC.

Julien Guerrier made it four Frenchman in the top ten, while Thomas Pieters and Soren Kjeldsen both finished inside the top 15.

Calum Hill, the Scotsman who held a share of the lead going into the final round, could only post a two-over-par 74, dropping down to -14 and into a tie for 17th.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout and former AFRASIAN BANK Mauritius Open champion George Coetzee ended their weeks just inside the top 25, while the man who did sit 2nd on the Race to Dubai list, Joel Sjoholm, ended the tournament in a tie for 26th, and will drop down to 3rd in the standings.

It was Rasmus Højgaard that took the spoils, and at just 18 years of age, the Dane definitely has a bright future ahead of him. He will also move into 2nd spot on the Race to Dubai leaderboard for the 2020 season.

The European Tour will have a week off next week, before heading to the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Leaderboard:

1 (-19, PLAYOFF WIN): Rasmus Højgaard (DEN)

T2 (-19): Antoine Rozner (FRA), Renato Paratore (ITA)

T4 (-18): Louis de Jager (RSA), Benjamin Hebert (FRA), Grant Forrest (SCO), Thomas Detry (BEL)

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Selected Others:

8 (-17): Robin Sciot-Siegrist (FRA)

T9 (-16): Julien Guerrier (FRA), Connor Syme (SCO)

T13 (-15): Thomas Pieters (BEL), Soren Kjeldsen (DEN)

T17 (-14): Calum Hill (SCO), Jyoti Randhawa (IND)