Date of Birth:14th September 1980Country:Northern Ireland

Gareth Maybin

Although not yet 30 years of age, Maybin’s circuitous journey to the PGA European Tour – where he is now very much established – is one which should inspire many young professionals. The man from Co Antrim graduated in Sports Management from the University of South Alabama before taking his fledgling steps as a pro on the Hooters Tour – the third tier development circuit in the States – and then moving back to Europe in 2007 where he used sponsors’ invites to play on the Challenge Tour. Maybin soon proved his worth and graduated to the main tour in 2009 where he had five Top-10 finishes including a second place finish in the South African Open in his rookie season. He has continued to make very steady progress in 2010, including a runner-up finish to Marcus Fraser in the Ballantines Championship in Korea . . . . Maybin marked the occasion of playing in his first Major at last month’s US Open in Pebble Beach by proposing to his girlfriend Liz . . . . lists playing pool and soccer as his interests outside of golf.