Read what potential contenders have to say ahead of this week’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.
Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)
It has been great knowing that I was Asia’s number one player in 2018 and it will be something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I started my career on the Asian Tour so winning the Order of Merit was something special and it was definitely a milestone for me. I’m really happy for Jazz as I would know that winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit will open many doors. There’ll be many things to look forward to. I always enjoy coming back to play on the Asian Tour as I get to see all my friends and competing against them. It’s pretty lonely out there in Europe and it’s always nice to have friends and family around. That just makes it more enjoyable. There have been many ups and downs for me this year. It wasn’t a great start and I didn’t play too well in the middle of the season too. But I managed to find my form towards the end and played well after that. It has been a mixed season to be honest but that’s how it is and that’s golf. Mauritius is a beautiful place and I hope to end my last event for the year with a good result.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
It’s always nice to come back to Mauritius. I’ve played well in this tournament before and they certainly help provide those feel-good memories. I finished second in 2016 and although I didn’t win, it was a huge learning curve for me. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed but that result just showed me what I could have done better and how to compose myself better mentally. If another chance like that comes along my way again, I’ll definitely grab it. I’m hungry and want to win again soon. I’m so excited about my chances for this week. I have been in contention on a few occasions this year and I know that my next win will come soon again. It’s going to be windy but I don’t mind because it’s going to be the same for everyone. If I can play my own game, I think nobody can stop me.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
I know this course pretty well and this is the third time I’m playing here. I love coming to Mauritius as the weather’s almost similar to Manila. With windy conditions like this, you have to learn to control the trajectory of your shots and I think I’m pretty good at doing that. This season has been okay considering I missed a few events at the start of the year because of my injuries. I finished fifth in Sarawak and came close in Taipei recently but that’s never good enough for me. I always want to win and I believe it’s coming soon. With the way I’m playing now, I believe it’s possible.