Wang, Coetzee among Mauritius Open contenders

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Jeunghun Wang will aim to follow up his maiden European Tour success with another strong showing in the Mauritius Open as George Coetzee returns to defend his title this week.

Wang won the Trophee Hassan II last Sunday after finishing in a tie for second in the Indian Open in March and the South Korean is among the contenders at the Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita. 

Coetzee makes his comeback on Thursday after taking two months off and the South African should be refreshed as he targets another title in an event which has been moved to the east of the island. 

The 29-year-old last played on the European Tour at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, but is back in action in an event which holds fond memories for him, having won the inaugural Mauritius Open last year.

 

WANG ON A HIGH AFTER MAIDEN WIN

Wang held his nerve to become the fourth successive first-time winner on the European Tour and the 20-year-old should have a spring in his step after the high of getting the better of Nacho Elvira in a play-off. Chinese youngster Li Haotong is another recent winner targeting another title this week.

WIND SET TO BE MAJOR FACTOR

Strong winds are forecast to potentially whip up a major challenge on the 7,500-yard, par-72 course designed by Ernie Els, so low scores may be hard to come by this week. The big hitters should come to the fore if they can master testing conditions.

VAN ZYL READY TO SHOW WHAT HE IS MADE OF

The best Jaco Van Zyl has been able to muster this year was a tie for 10th in the Tshwane Open in February and the South African is eager to kick on as he targets a place in the Rio Olympic Games.

Van Zyl is on course to feature in Brazil, but said: "My season starts here this week. There are a couple of majors coming up and hopefully the Olympics. I'm playing three events in a row starting this week, so after a very slow start to the year I'm hoping to get going now."

COETZEE TARGETING MALAYSIA REPEAT

Coetzee trailed going down the last 12 months ago, but a birdie took him to 13-under par and he beat Thorbjorn Olesen in a play-off at the second extra hole after making another gain when his rival could only make par.

DEFENDING CHAMPION HOPES TO REEL OFF ANOTHER WIN

Coetzee tried his hand at some fishing during a holiday last week, but must steer clear of the water in Mauritius.

He said: "I went fishing last week and had a great time with [Richard] Sterne and [Charl] Schwartzel and another couple of mates in the Seychelles. It was great to be out there doing other stuff and not talking only about golf.

"I haven't been back in Mauritius since the win but I've been looking forward to this trip for quite a while. The golf course is quite different from the previous one and I'm looking forward to the challenge."