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Mauritius Open preview: Hollywood star Tom McKibbin nearing breakthrough

The final tournament of the year on the DP World Tour comes from the beautiful island of Mauritius, courtesy of the Mauritius Open from Mont Choisy Le Golf.

What: Mauritius Open
Where: Mont Choisy Le Golf, Grand Baie, Mauritius
When: Starts 2.20, Thursday, 15th December, 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports Golf
Odds (Win Outright): Thomas Detry 13/2, Dean Burmester 13/2, Antoine Rozner 14/1, Laurie Canter 18/1, Oliver Bekker 18/1, Renato Paratore 20/1

The Mauritius Open was introduced to the DP World Tour schedule in 2015 at Heritage GC. There have been two more editions at Heritage, with another two at Four Seasons GC, and Mont Choisy finally gets its chance this week.

Most of the biggest names on the circuit have already downed tools for the year and have turned their nose up at the relatively meagre prize fund on offer in Mauritius. Two members of the world's top 100 are in attendance, though, with Thomas Detry and Dean Burmester headlining the field.

Detry has been in excellent form on the PGA Tour and is 13/2 To Win Outright to build on those Stateside results with a maiden DP World Tour title. The Belgian is yet to make a breakthrough on either of the main tours and he turns 30 next month.

Detry won on the Challenge Tour in 2016 and the World Cup for Belgium alongside Thomas Pieters in 2018, but his DP World Tour career has been a succession of near-misses.

Another DP World Tour maiden - Laurie Canter - has also been a popular choice. The Englishman finished third in the Alfred Dunhill Championship last week, closing with a round of 64. His confidence was boosted by victory over Patrick Reed in a LIV Golf Miami head-to-head in October, so Canter could be ready to make an overdue breakthrough.

Standard each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for the Mauritius Open, with alternative options found in the Each Way Extra section, including the increasingly popular fifth the odds, the first eight places.

Mauritius Open course details

Mont Choisy Le Golf, Grand Baie, Mauritius, is a 7,050-yard, par-72, with five par-fives, eight par-fours and five par-threes. 

It would be an absolute doddle for the DP World Tour stars in calm conditions, but the venue's defence is its proximity to the coast. 

Mont Choisy is the only course on the north of the island, which means it gets consistent breezes whipping in to check the scoring. Birdies should still be freely available - because the wind will help on many holes - and something approaching 20-under par may be needed for victory. 

Mont Choisy opened in October, 2017. The palm-fringed fairways are routed around several small lakes. The fairways are generous but the rough is penal. The third and the 13th are driveable par-fours in the right weather.

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Dean Burmester

The 13/2 To Win Outright about Dean Burmester will catch the eye of many punters given that he is the Brand Ambassador for Mont Choisy and a regular visitor to the course. That knowledge of a venue previously unused by the DP World Tour could prove a significant advantage.

Burmester has finished fifth and seventh in his last two DP World Tour starts - the South African Open and the Alfred Dunhill Championship - and he is the highest-ranked player in this field. With five par-fives and two driveable par-fours to attack, this powerhouse should be in his element.

Tom McKibbin

Northern Irish lad Tom McKibbin has been proving popular this week - and with good reason. The boy from Holywood GC, who turns 20 on Monday, found the Challenge Tour a piece of cake last season and quickly gained promotion to the main circuit.

Form figures from his last four DP World Tour starts of 10-18-15-13 are impressive and his record in Africa generally stands up to close inspection. The 30/1 To Win Outright chance is a long driver who will probably fall in love with this week's assignment.

Martin Vorster

Two of the five Mauritius Opens have been won by a South African - and Martin Vorster could be capable of bolstering that statistic. Vorster competed at Mont Choisy in the 2019 All Africa Team Championship, which was won by South Africa, and he was the second-best scorer in the competition.

The 140/1 To Win Outright available about Vorster may appeal as an each-way option, given his impressive amateur career and the strides he has been making recently as a 20-year-old professional.

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