Frittelli beats Atwal at the first playoff hole
Frittelli beats Atwal at the first playoff hole to capture the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open co-sanctioned by the Asian, European and Sunshine Tour.
The South African was named European Tour Graduate of the Year at the start of the week after finishing 19th on the Race to Dubai, which was won by Tommy Fleetwood. Frittelli made a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the event when both the players finished the final round at 16-under 268, making it his second title on the European Tour.
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Atwal reigned on all four days at the event but fell short with a par on the playoff hole, he was looking for a fourth title win on the European Tour. Atwal will be leading Asian Team at EurAsia Cup scheduled next month.
Atwal started the event with a bogey-free and course breaking 62 on Thursday and kept on charging until today. even on the last hole an eagle lip out turned into a birdie and was joined by Frittelli at 16-under 268 forcing a playoff.
Frittelli started his round one-shot back from the co-leaders Atwal and De Jager and posted 4-under 67 consisting five birdies and a bogey and Atwal posted six birdies and three bogeys in his round of 3-under 68 today.
Third round co-leader Louis De Jager finished 4th on the leaderboard with a final round 71 consisting of 3 birdies, a bogey, and a double-bogey on the par-4 17th, taking his total to 13-under 271, and Romain Langasque finished 3rd with a 4-under 67 consisting 5 birdies and a bogey in his round, taking his total to 14-under 270.
Matthieu Pavon and Miguel Tabuena shared 5th position on the board with 12-under 272, where Pavon posted 5-under 66 with 6 birdies and a bogey, Tabuena posted 71 consisting an astonishing eagle on the par-5 2nd, 3 birdies, 3 bogeys, and a double-bogey on the par-4 4th to finish his round today.
Indians at the event
Gaganjeet Bhullar, Chawrasia, Shiv Kapur, and Shubhankar Sharma were the only Indians left along with Atwal at the event. Bhullar dropped 16 positions from yesterday to finish for a T-40th at 3-under 281 with a final round 2-over 73 consisting 2 birdies and 4 bogeys for a share on the board with Haydn Porteous, Jason Knutzon, and Doug McGuigan.
Shiv Kapur shares 16th position on the board with a 1-under 70 today consisting 4 birdies and 3 bogeys, taking his total to 8-under 276 shared with Darren Fichardt, Laurie Canter, and Ricardo Gouveia.
Shubhankar Sharma and SSP Chawrasia shared 27th position on the board at 5-under 279, with a final round of 3-under and 1-under respectively. They both share their position with Andrea Pavan, Nico Geyger, and Dean Burmester.
Atwal came so close to a 4th title on the European Tour and missed a great opportunity in a playoff and a chance he got after over a decade.