Aphibarnrat headlines Mauritius Open

The Thai player, who won his second European Tour title at the Shenzhen International two weeks ago, will be joined on the island that forms part of the African continent by South African George Coetzee and Australian Scott Hend in what is a star-studded field for the first ever tournament sanctioned by the Sunshine, Asian and European Tours.

"We are delighted to be joining the Asian and European Tours in staging the first-ever tri-sanctioned event in Mauritius. We enjoy excellent relationships with both Tours," Executive Director of the Sunshine Tour Selwyn Nathan said.

"This ground-breaking tournament in Mauritius will bring the three Tours even closer and, importantly for us, offer our members another opportunity to compete at the highest levels on the world stage. We have a very exciting field of players from the three Tours, and I have no doubt that we will see some of the best golf action at the tournament."

The European Tour's Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy Keith Waters said: "It is always exciting to break new ground and the inaugural AfraAsia Bank Mauritius Open at The Heritage Golf Club promises to be a superb tournament, with the three Tours coming together for the first time.

"We enjoy a strong relationship with both the Asian Tour and the Sunshine Tour, and we are delighted to bring these two partnerships together for the first time for this historic tri-sanctioned event. This relationship is embodied in two of the players in the field, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and George Coetzee, both of whom have won on the European Tour in recent weeks. They will be joined at The Heritage Golf Club by a number of other European Tour champions, and we thank the AfrAsia Bank for their support of this new tournament.

"Mauritius is a magnificent destination and I'm certain the players from all three Tours will enjoy their trip, while the tournament will help showcase the beautiful island to a global television audience."

Mike Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Tour, echoed the statements of his Sunshine and European Tour counterparts.

"The Asian Tour will be represented by a truly eclectic mix of champions from over 15 different nationalities and we look forward to our members performing at the very highest level at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open," Kerr said.

"Our talented players have been very successful in recent co-sanctioned tournaments with The European Tour, winning the previous five events and we are hopeful they can challenge for the title at the Heritage Golf Resort. With a great field assembling in Mauritius, this first tri-sanctioned tournament by the Asian, European and Sunshine Tours is poised to be a memorable one indeed for the sponsors, players, golf fans and television viewers from around the world."