Dodt back in business in Mauritius


Andrew Dodt returned to form with a first round of 66 in testing conditions to take a two-shot lead in the Mauritius Open on Thursday.

The Australian missed the cut when he attempted to defend his Thailand Classic title in March and has not played on the European Tour since, but a break has clearly done him good.

Dodt made an eagle and six birdies in the wind at the Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita on a day when just 21 players finished under par

Two-time European Tour winner Dodt needed only 21 putts in an assured start on the idyllic island, fewer than he has taken in 391 career rounds.

He said: "If someone said six under at the start of the day, I would have put my hand up yesterday and taken it. It's not easy out there. If you're off by just a little bit, everything gets magnified by the wind.

"I played really solid, I didn't make too many mistakes and the momentum in the round just kept flowing. I probably won't shoot 66 tomorrow but I've just got to try to minimise the mistakes.

"Having said that, this course can just get up and bite you at any stage. There's a long way to go."

Rashid Khan and Siddikur Rahman hold a share of second spot after starting with four-under rounds of 64.

Jeunghun Wang is in the hunt for back-to-back titles after claiming his maiden European Tour victory in the Trophee Hassan II, having starting with a 69 which put him three shots back along with Estanislao Goya.

Defending champion George Coetzee is five shots off the pace on his return following a two-month break.