The 26-year-old Joshi won his maiden Asian Tour title on home soil last month. Buoyed by his recent achievement, the Bengaluru-based golfer will be brimming with confidence when he tees up at the Four Seasons Golf Club, Mauritius at Anahita next week.
On winning his first Asian Tour title, he said: “It has raised my personal expectations and reshaped my goals. I’m glad to see to see that there are big events like the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open coming up and I’m looking to finish the year strong.”
Joshi recognised his shortcomings at his previous two Mauritius Open tournaments (he missed the cut in 2016 and 2017) but this year, armed with an improved game plan and a winning mindset, he will be prepared for the challenging conditions at the wind-swept island nation.
“I haven’t had a lot of success at the Mauritius Open in the previous two years but nevertheless, it has always been one of my favourite venues on Tour. Being next to the ocean, the course condition is set to be very windy and it’ll be a great test of golf. The key is to keep the ball low, which is what I’m working on.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge. My aim is to play consistently, keep the ball in play and hopefully come Sunday, I’ll be in contention,” said Joshi.
He will be part of an elite 156-man field that features more than 20 Asian Tour champions, including Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski and Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva, who both like Joshi, have won for the first time on Tour this season.
Joining them are this season’s multiple-time champions, South African Justin Harding and American John Catlin. They are currently ranked sixth and seventh on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings respectively.
Other notable golfers are World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els, who will be making his debut in the tournament as well as defending champion Dylan Frittelli and two-time European Tour champion, Nicolas Colsaerts.
The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, inaugurated in 2015, is the first tournament in international golf to be tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the Sunshine Tour.