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John Catlin

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John Catlin

Born: 15 November 1990

Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA.

College: University of New Mexico

Resides: N/A

Major Wins: 0

Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 3

Other wins: 7

Grass Preference: Unknown

Significant Life Events: No

GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐​⭐

GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


John Catlin is a three time European Tour champion, having won the 2020 Andalucia Masters at Valderrama then followed it up a few weeks later winning the Irish Open. Then in 2021, he won the Austrian 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 all of his wins, he fended off strong opposition - Kaymer in Spain and Austria, and Aaron Rai in Ireland. He is best suited at courses which demand accuracy, in particular short tree-lined courses where fairways are king.

Significant info

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.

Pressure Performance Analysis

John won three times in 12 months from November 2019 and has six wins since 2018. He showed real fortitude for all three European Tour victories but has been poor of late in the mix. We have set his GBC Pressure Performance Rating to ⭐⭐⭐.

August 2022 
❌ Began the final round of ISPS Handa World Invitational 3 shots behind Ewen Ferguson and shot 73 to finish 7 shots back

July 2022
Trailed Meronk by 2 shots at the Irish Open and shot 69 to finish five back.

May 2021
➖ Trailed by three shots after 54 holes at the Tenerife Open.  Shot a respectable 67 to move from 7th to 5th.

April 2021
Began 2 shots back with 18 holes to go at the Austrian Open.  Shot 65 to win reach a playoff with Max Kieffer, which he won. 

September 2020
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.

September 2020 
Led every round at the Andalucia Masters. Began 2 shots ahead of Martin Kaymer and shot 75 to win by 1 shot.

January 2020 
➖ 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.

November 2019 
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.


Likes it tough 
John's best performances come when the scoring is tougher. Indeed his debut win at Valderrama was won with +2.

Wind Expert 
Wins in Ireland and Valderrama, along with strong results in Portugal and Wales shows he doesn't mind a bit of wind.

Stays Hot 
A sequence of 1-8-1 in 2020 shows he is one to keep onside when in form.

Events to back Catlin

Andalucia Masters
Impressive winner here in 2020 and followed it up with an 11th place in 2021 out of form.

Playoff Record

2-0. Defeated Max Kieffer in a playoff in Austria. Won a 4 man playoff in Asia to win the Thailand Open.

Significant Quotes

September 2020
"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."