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Born: 15 November 1990
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA.
College: University of New Mexico
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 2
Other wins: 7
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
John Catlin is a two time European Tour champion, having won the 2020 Andalucia Masters at Valderrama then followed it up a few weeks later winning the Irish Open. Before lockdown in 2020 he was a relative unknown on the European Tour, with most of his success coming in Asia. He won three times on the Asian Tour in 2018 and once in 2019 at the Thailand Open.
Catlin can now be considered a fierce competitor. For both of his wins he fended off strong opposition - Kaymer in Spain to win wire to wire and Aaron Rai in Ireland. He is best suited at courses which demand accuracy, in particular short tree-lined courses where fairways are king.
It was his 30th birthday at the end of 2020 so this may mean he is motivated to keep improving, as so often happens with milestone birthdays.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Began final round of Irish Open 4 shots behind Aaron Rai. Shot 64 to win by 2 shots over Rai who shot 70. Convincing win from off the pace.
Led every round at the Andalucia Masters. Began 2 shots ahead of Martin Kaymer and shot 75 to win by 1 shot.
Began the final round at the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship two shots behind the leader. Shot a 67 to remain two shots behind after 72 holes.
Trailed by three shots going into the final round of the Thailand Open. A 67 was enough to see him get into a playoff, which he subsequently won.
John won three times in 12 months from November 2019 and has six wins since 2018. He showed real fortitude for both European Tour victories. We have set his GBC Pressure Performance Rating to 5 stars.
Likes it tough
John's best performances come when the scoring is tougher. Indeed his debut win at Valderrama was won with +2.
Wins in Ireland and Valderrama, along with strong results in Portugal and Wales shows he doesn't mind a bit of wind.
A sequence of 1-8-1 in 2020 shows he is one to keep onside when in form.
Major and WGC Analysis
Yet to play a major, John is a long way off this level. Not the longest of hitters either so he may struggle in future.
He has played one WGC in 2018, finishing 54th. Again, not at this level yet.
1-0. Won a 4 man playoff in Asia to win the Thailand Open.
"You never know if you're going to win or not and to get that monkey off my back at Valderrama really freed me up today to know that I can look myself in the mirror and tell myself honestly that I've been here before and I can do it again."