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Maybin’s back in the swing of things

By Peter Hutcheon

Gareth Maybin will tee off for the first time in mainland Europe this season looking to build on last week’s top 10 finish in Morocco.

Maybin, Michael Hoey and Darren Clarke are all in the field for the Open de Andalucia in Malaga which starts today.

The Ballyclare man closed with rounds of 66 and 69 at the weekend, which constituted his best form of the year.

But he has been one of the most consistent players on the European Tour since earning his card at the start of last season, missing just one cut since last July.

Clarke goes into the event with Gordon Faulkner on his bag — his fifth caddie in the space of the past 12 months.

He parted company with Mike Boddy after finishing 43rd in Morocco on Sunday.

“Mike and I weren’t really reading from the same page on the golf course and mutually decided to go our separate ways,” Clarke said.

As he’s not in the field for the Masters in two weeks time, Clarke is taking time out for a couple of weeks after Malaga for a holiday in the Bahamas.

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The Island, just outside Dublin, has been named as one of five new regional qualifying courses for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Founded in 1890, the Island Golf Club is a natural links course which, until 1973, was accessed mainly by boat.

The other courses named yesterday by the R&A are Little Aston, Luffenham Heath, Northumberland, and Remedy Oak, which are all in England.

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