Thorbjørn Olesen is in a three-way tie at the top of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the end of day 1 at Heritage Golf Club in Mauritius. This the first event to be tri-sanctioned by The European, Asian and Sunshine Tours.
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Thorbjørn carded a -6 under par 66 to co-lead the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on day one of the competition. He has been out of golf for three months, due to injury, but has burst back on the scene here in a big way;
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this, three months to play a competition round.”
“I was excited to get out there this morning. We had great conditions and I hit a lot of great putts, so it was fun.”
“Being out for three and a half months is a long time, especially when you can’t do anything. You are just doing rehab training, so it is frustrating. I’m excited to be out here again and I’ll be playing a lot of golf now.”
“I’m really pleased to be back out here on The European Tour and play competition golf. I’ve been practising hard over the last two weeks but you don’t know what it will be like when you get out here.”
“I didn’t have the biggest expectations. I knew I was swinging the club better than I have been, but you never know what will happen, so I couldn’t be happier with this start. It’s an awesome start.”
“Having a break is very nice, but having a break because of injury is not very nice. You play so much golf so sometimes it is nice to get away from it and clear your mind, but I would definitely have preferred to have been without that injury.”
Joining Thorbjørn on that -6 under par score are Jeunghun Wang and Carlos Pigem .
Wang was really happy with his day’s work, especially in the wet and windy conditions;
“I’m so happy with my score, the wind was so strong and the rain was very hard.”
“I’m happy that I played like this and my putter was pretty nice today. The putter worked really well.
“I’m enjoying my week in Mauritius. The weather wasn’t nice today but I want to keep my golf going like this.”
Carlos said his position on the leaderboard was quite unexpected;
“I didn’t expect to play quite so well because the conditions were tough, so I’m happy with my game.”
“It’s my third year in Asia. I played the European Tour Q-School last year but missed out at the final stage. It’s my target to be on The European Tour in the future and I know if I work hard I will be, but right now I’m enjoying it in Asia and learning a lot.”
“I have two or three more co-sanctioned events, and the Spanish Open next week, so if I can do well I might play more on The European Tour. It’s tough not having many events, but I will try.”