Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat is the highest-ranked player on the Race to Dubai standings in Mauritius at No. 9, but he had an awful opening day for a 77.
Kiradech made six bogeys, three of them in a row, a double bogey, and his only hole under par was an eagle three on No. 18. Tipped to be among the title contenders this week, last month’s Shenzhen International winner was tied for 123rd in the 132-man field.
His playing partner Thomas Bjorn, who has 15 European Tour wins, didn’t fare too much better with a 74.
South Africa’s George Coetzee shot a 70 playing in the same group as Aphibarnrat and Bjorn.