Mauritius: Dylan Frittelli birdied the first play-off hole to defeat Arjun Atwal on a thrilling final day at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.
The 27-year-old Frittelli closed with a four-under-par 67 to finish on 16-under-268. That total was matched by Atwal, whose 25-foot eagle putt on the last hole hit the side of the cup before spinning past the hole.
Atwal birdied the hole to force extra time but was beaten by the South African’s birdie on 18. Indian Atwal made par to settle for second place at the €1 million (about US$1.07 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour and European Tour.
The dashing Frittelli continued his fine form this year, having won his first European Tour title in Austria in June and finished runner-up on three occasions.
The 44-year-old Atwal, who will captain Team Asia in next month’s EurAsia Cup, did not hide his disappointment at losing out after holding at least a share of the lead since the opening day where he set a course record 62.
Atwal said: “I’m happy with the way I played this week but right now I’m just disappointed to lose the tournament. You don’t get many chances, especially at my age. I’ll take a lot of positives out of this week but right now I’m really mad.
“To be honest, I haven’t been in that situation in a while. I think I handled myself quite well, but I didn’t pull through.”
Frenchman Romain Langasque posted a 67 to finish in third place on 270 while co-overnight leader Louis De Jager of South Africa ended his campaign in fourth place following a 71.
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines posted a 71 to claim a share of fifth place after playing through a wrist injury at the Heritage Golf Club.