Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Gareth Maybin keeps his chin up

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Gareth Maybin didn't have to be reminded he's the only Irishman currently with full membership competing on the European Tour yet to taste victory.

However if the 31-year old Ballyclare player needed any inspiration he's trying to glean just that from the likes of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and also Michael Hoey.

Hoey became the latest Irish sensation in capturing last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Maybin is nearing the end of his third season on the main Tour and still looking for that break through success after notching-up three seconds including two last season.

A level par 72 on day two of the Madrid Masters kept Maybin at three under par and eight strokes off the lead in windy conditions on day two of the event on the El Encin course.

England's Lee Slattery heads the field by one stroke in carding a 66 for an 11-under par tally. While Maybin looks more than likely to have to wait yet another week for his first success, he's currently more concerned with improving his current 108th Race to Dubai standing

"I don't need reminding about being the only Irishman not to have won out here," he said.

"It's been a pretty poor season compared to the last two as I made it to Dubai both years and this year I've struggled. But seeing guys like Graeme and Rory winning and then what Michael did last week was just fantastic."

Michael McGeady cruised into the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School to be held in Spain in December with a joint fifth place finish over the Ribagolfe course in Portugal.

The Derry man closed with a three-over par 75 for a 72-hole total of 286. Ballymena's Chris Devlin fired a final round 77 for a 72-hole total of 290 to make it through.

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