Gareth Maybin's bid for European Tour School card suffers crushing setback
Gareth Maybin's hopes at the European Tour School are beginning to slip away after a fifth-round 74 left him in a share of 61st position. The Ulsterman survived Tuesday's fourth-round cut after an astonishing round of 65 which including 10 birdies, but he was unable to continue that momentum into yesterday as he finished on level par.
Only the top 25 players at the close of the tournament will secure cards for 2015 and Maybin is currently six shots outside that position in Girona.
The Ballyclare native lost his Tour card last month after finishing 124th in this year's Race to Dubai standings, around €44,000 outside the 111th spot which would have ensured safety for another year.
Maybin first secured a European Tour card six years ago after an impressive 2008 season on the Challenge Tour.
He finished 40th in the European Order of Merit in 2010 but has had to battle to hold on to his card in recent seasons before last month's blow.
A closing birdie ensured he ended yesterday's round on a high note but Maybin is left needing to shoot another round in the mid-60s today to stand any chance of winning a card for the European Tour.
Peter Lawrie, meanwhile, shares 29th position on five under with Kevin Phelan and Simon Thornton is also in contention a shot further back.
Dubliner Lawrie remained on his overnight position of five under after a 72 yesterday with Thornton, who is based in Newcastle, County Down, a stroke further back after his 72 and Phelan is also on four under after a round of 74.
This year's Northern Ireland Open winner, Swedish ace Joakim Lagergren, is amongst a group in a share of 23rd place, which also includes young English star Matthew Fitzpatrick.