Andrew Dodt began with back-to-back birdies and posted a 6-under 66 Thursday for the lead in the first round of the Mauritius Open.

Dodt had six birdies and an eagle at the Ernie Els-designed Four Seasons Golf Club on the east coast of the Indian Ocean island. He has an early 2-shot advantage over Rashid Khan and Siddikur Rahman.

Defending champion George Coetzee opened with a 71, tied for ninth.

Dodt's success came on a day of tough conditions, with the wind swirling through the Four Seasons course. Only 21 players managed to shoot under par.

Dodt chipped in for birdie on his opening hole and scrambled again on his second for another birdie after finding a fairway bunker.