European Tour Member Mark Mouland was celebrating after becoming the first player in the ten year history of the Mauritius Open to successfully defend the title.
The 42 year old Welshman had to draw on all his experience to manage to defend the one stroke lead he held going into the final round at the Belle Mare Plage course.
After fellow European Tour Member Christian Cévaër of France had posted a six under par 66 to move to within a stroke of the lead, Mouland was left with two putts from 40 feet for par at the last to clinch the title.
The first putt rolled three feet past the hole but Mouland held his nerve to sink the return for a 71 and a nine under par total of 206 total, one clear of Cévaër on 207 with the English duo of Philip Golding and Miles Tunnicliff sharing third on 208 after their respective closing rounds of 72.
"This win means a lot to me," said Mouland, who lost his full playing privileges for The European Tour at the end of the 2002 season. "The quality of the field gets better every year, with Ryder Cup players and a growing number of outstanding young stars in the line-up. To have beaten such strong opposition is a real boost to my confidence."