Maybin back on the road with trip to Indian Open

Gareth Maybin
Gareth Maybin

Gareth Maybin returns to the European Tour this week in India.

The 34-year-old, who lost his tour card last year, will play in the Hero Indian Open with a renewed appetite for the game.

“Up until the last couple of weeks I hadn’t really missed it, but now I am raring to get back at it,” he said.

“The one I was most envious of was the Dubai Desert Classic (won by Rory McIlroy). It is an awesome tournament and it’s a course I really like playing.”

Gareth actually made his seasonal bow in early January at the South Africa Open Championship but admits that finishing tied for 38th didn’t exactly fire him up.

“I probably went back a wee bit too early,” he added.

“I didn’t have the enthusiasm to play straight after Christmas but now I definitely have more desire to play.”

Having lost his full playing privileges on tour, Gareth’s current ranking still means that he should get 11 or 12 Euro Tour starts this season.

Unfortunately, he will have to wait to see which tournaments he’s going to get into and then, he has to make an impact when he does get a start.

He continued, “You have a number on the list of players and all of a sudden you’re playing, so it does make scheduling difficult.

“My wife is away to Edinburgh this weekend but I couldn’t go because I wasn’t sure if I was going to get into India.

“These next couple of months will determine a lot about how the schedule pans out for me.

“If I do well in these first few events and do enough to secure my card, then I will focus on the European Tour. If not, then I will switch to Challenge Tour.

“You never want to take steps back and if I play Challenge Tour events I’m sure it will it feel like that, but I know the standard has improved dramatically since I left in 2008. My game will have to be very sharp to compete.”

Gareth will play in next week’s Joburg Open and also hopes to get a spot in either the Africa Open or Tshwane Open at the start of next month.