A winner of three titles on the European Tour, but his first major appearance did not come until May’s PGA Championship after a climb into the world’s top 80 and his place in The Open was secured only on July 11 when David Duval withdrew. He was originally the 10th reserve.
Catlin turned professional in 2013 and began playing on the PGA Tour Canada, but it was when he switched to the Asian Development Tour that he enjoyed his first two victories.
Then came four successes on the main Asian circuit, three in 2018 and one the following season. In August last year he became the first player to be withdrawn from a European Tour event for a breach of coronavirus protocols, but a month later he won the Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters and three weeks later added the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open by three after a closing 64.
His third triumph came this April at the Austrian Open, where he beat Maximillian Kieffer at the fifth play-off hole.
“I’d love to crack that top 50 in the world,” he said. “To have the chance to win a major, that’s been my goal since I was a kid.”