Time running out for Maybin
GARETH MAYBIN'S grim battle to save his European Tour card took another turn for the worse yesterday as a tie for 53rd in the South African Open dropped the Ulsterman another two places down the Order of Merit to 120th.
A double-bogey six at the final hole left Maybin with a two-over-par 74 and, on one-under, 13 shy of South African winner Hennie Otto (35), who posted a nervy level-par 72 to register his first top-five finish on Tour since his victory at the 2008 Italian Open.
After banking just €4,500, Maybin was overtaken on the money list by England's Richard McEvoy, who picked up €53,200 in joint third on 11-under par, and South Africa's Keith Horne (€13,771) who shared 13th place on eight-under.
The top-115 on the final money list after this week's Hong Kong Open will retain their cards for 2012. Three players listed ahead of Maybin have not fulfilled the conditions of full membership so Maybin is at present two places away from safety.
Damien McGrane, who didn't play in South Africa, is 114th on the Order of Merit heading to Hong Kong, while Padraig Harrington, currently 67th, will need a top-six finish in Fanling to be sure of his place in the 60-man field for the Dubai World Championship.
Peter Lawrie, who slipped to No 60 in the Race to Dubai yesterday, also returns to action in Hong Kong.