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Mauritius Open preview: Louis Oosthuizen has the knowledge

The final DP World Tour event of the year starts on Thursday with the Mauritius Open from a spectacular new venue.

Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen helped design the course at Heritage Golf Club, which has only recently opened, and is bidding for back-to-back wins on the DP World Tour – but will his fitness hold up?

WhatMauritius Open
WhereLa Reserve Golf Links, Heritage Golf Club, Bel Ombre, Mauritius
WhenThursday 14th December – Sunday 17th December, 2023
How to watchbet365 Live Golf Tracker & Sky Sports Golf
OddsLouis Oosthuizen 13/2, Matthieu Pavon 11/1, Antoine Rozner 11/1, Jayden Schaper 20/1, Marcel Siem 22/1, Louis de Jager 25/1, Renato Paratore 25/1, Sebastian Soderberg 25/1, Laurie Canter 25/1, Wilco Nienaber 33/1, Paul Waring 33/1

Oosthuizen takes centre stage at the Mauritius Open this week, teeing up at a course he co-designed – La Reserve Golf Links at Heritage Golf Club.

Oosthuizen, 13/2 favourite for Mauritius Open glory, teamed up with fellow South African Peter Matkovich to craft this incredible layout in the middle of the Indian Ocean. La Reserve is a contemporary links track which only opened this month, so this week's competitors are tackling fresh and pristine turf.

Oosthuizen, who won the Open Championship at St Andrews in 2010, enjoys links golf and should know La Reserve better than most of this week's field. 

He won the weather-delayed Alfred Dunhill Championship in his homeland on Monday, so has arrived in high spirits.

The concern for Oosthuizen backers this week is his physical state. He has been battling various injuries this year and they hampered him at stages in the Alfred Dunhill last week. He obviously overcame the issue to lift a trophy last week, but he is at shorter odds this week as he bids to repeat the trick.

Oosthuizen's elbow tendon problems have been a known issue since the LIV Tucson event in March. He said he would delay surgery until the end of the LIV season, then added three more DP World Tour events to his 2023 schedule – the Dunhill Links Championship, the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Mauritius Open.

If Oosthuizen lasts 72 holes, he will expect to contend in a weak DP World Tour line-up. Several of his compatriots have made the same journey from the Alfred Dunhill Championship to the Mauritius Open. Jayden Schaper, for example, is a 20/1 chance to land a maiden DPWT title this week.

Schaper has form figures of 9-5-7 from the last three weeks – DP World Tour events in South Africa – and he will expect to feature on the leaderboard again. This is his last chance of the year to secure a DPWT card for 2024, so the youngster is playing under pressure.

Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for the Mauritius Open, as well as alternative terms like a fifth the odds, the first eight.

Mauritius Open course details

La Reserve Golf Links is a 7,111-yard, par 72, with four par-fives. The new course is the first and only contemporary links track in the Indian Ocean. It has fast-running fairways, pot bunkers and long grasses. 

The neighbouring Le Chateau course at Heritage Golf Club staged the Mauritius Open in 2015, 2017 and 2019. 

Warm weather, with a mixture of sunshine and showers, is forecast for Mauritius this week. Breezes should be light to moderate.

Three to follow

Matthieu Pavon

The 11/1 about Matthieu Pavon has been popular this week – the 31-year-old Frenchman has been in fantastic form. His maiden DP World Tour title came in the Spanish Open in October – a four-shot triumph – and he has played excellent golf either side of that success.

Pavon is an ambassador for Anahita – another course in Mauritius – and a regular visitor to the island. He has a superb record in the Mauritius Open, finishing second in 2018.

Antoine Rozner

Another Frenchman on offer at 11/1 has also been the subject of support – defending champion Antoine Rozner. The three-time DP World Tour champion romped to a five-shot victory 12 months ago and is playing well enough to retain his title.

Rozner can boast Mauritius Open form figures of 7-2-1. He warmed up with 15th place in the Alfred Dunhill last week.

Tom Lewis

The 50/1 about Tom Lewis may appeal to some golf fans who remember how good the Englishman was in the past. Lewis is a two-time DP World Tour champion who has also been successful on the Korn Ferry Tour in the States.

The 32-year-old bounced back to top form in the DP World Tour Qualifying School last month, so is back on his home circuit with renewed self-belief.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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