DP World Tour golf tips: Nicolas Colsaerts offers each-way value at the Mauritius Open

The Mauritius Open is set to round off the 2022 DP World Tour this weekend, and golf tipster Martin Colwell has been studying the form for where the best each-way value might be found.

The 2022 DP World Tour concludes this weekend, with the season's 48th tournament, the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, being held at Mont Choisy Le Golf, Grand Baie.

A par 72 but only 7050 yards in length, Mont Choisy is a flat grassy course with embedded black volcanic rock and several natural water hazards adding to the idyllic landscape.

With South African golfers having dominated in their homeland over the last few weeks, it might be time to look elsewhere for the main contenders on this different terrain.

Such a flat and exposed short course appears better suited to golfers with Asian backgrounds, who would be likely to come across this type of course more often.

The same could be said for European golfers, who would also play similar courses in their homeland, and that guideline allows the names of Niklas Lemke, Thomas Detry, Antoine Rozner, Mattieu Pavon and Ryo Hisatsune to spring readily to mind, among others.

The French heritage of Mauritius has allowed several golfers from that country to have an association with the island's courses, and from those listed above, Antoine Rozner has been one to have shown good course form in the past.

Another Frenchman who may have a shout this week is Pierre Pineau, who can be very inconsistent but who finished in the top 10 on his latest outing down in Australia two weeks ago.

The DP World Tour last visited Mauritius in 2019 when Denmark's Rasmus Hojgaard beat Renato Paratore in a playoff, and the Italian is back again this week for another crack at glory.

Much has happened in the golfing world (and indeed in the world in general) since then, and there are some golfers playing this week in Mauritius who appear to have been seriously impacted by Covid in terms of lack of form upon their return to active tournament play.

One prime example is Hennie Otto, who was successful on the satellite Sunshine Tour in his native South Africa before graduating onto the European (now DP World Tour) Tour.

Otto then enjoyed success on the main tour and moved steadily up the world rankings, but he returned to his homeland at the outbreak of Covid and has not managed to reach the same heights since.

At his best, however, he would be a main contender in this field and so may represent decent longshot value at 175/1.

The same could be said for Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, who was near the top of the European rankings and contended for a Ryder Cup spot, but he has dropped significantly down golf's elite pecking order since the circuit resumed.

Renowned in his heyday for his long hitting off the tee and his stylish swing, an in-form Colsaerts would make short work of this field, so at his current odds of 150/1 he could well be a standout pick if he can find some form on a course that should suit his game.

There is clearly much to look forward to and plenty of betting options to consider as we journey down to the Indian Ocean to bid the 2022 season farewell.

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