Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Maybin has the Masters on his mind

Gareth Maybin

Gareth Maybin described himself as a “no-name” when he played with Lee Westwood in the final group on the final day of the South African Open last year.

The 29-year-old from Belfast then went out and beat Europe's new number one by three and also finished one ahead of Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy — but it was not quite enough to give him the title.

He lost a play-off to Richard Sterne, who thus kept the trophy in home hands for the eighth successive year.

Maybin hoped it would not be long before he tasted victory himself but he was back yesterday at the same event and on the same Pearl Valley course still looking for his first European Tour title.

“I love this part of the world,” he said. “The food is good and it's one hell of a golf course, too.”

Maybin needs a top-two finish this weekend to have a chance of making the world's top 50 and so earn a place in next April's Masters at Augusta.