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Less is more for Waring

THERE has been no escaping who is the poster boy of the Betfred British Masters.

Even motorists leaving Liverpool on the M62 have been faced with bright neon adverts featuring Tommy Fleetwood in his role as host of the European Tour event which is visiting his hometown.

The world number 16 has immersed himself in the job of promoting the tournament, being staged at Hillside Golf Club in Southport from May 9-12, so much so that it may come as a relief when he actually gets down to the business of hitting golf balls.

But while Fleetwood’s job as event front man and his heroics in the Ryder Cup last year will lead to many tipping him for outright success, one local player has all the credentials to be seen as a potential winner – but is more than happy to fly under the radar.

In fact, Paul Waring’s approach to his latest campaign on the European Tour can certainly be summed up with the mantra, less is more.

The 34-year-old Wirral star is now in his 12th year on Tour and is developing the kind of approach that he hopes will bring sustained success.

He secured his breakthrough victory in his 200th start at the 2018 Nordea Masters in Sweden and the two-year exemption that brought has allowed the Bromborough Golf Club player to tailor his playing schedule to get the best out of his game.

Which is why he has just six tournaments under his belt so far in 2019 … but the net gain of curtailing his playing and travelling commitments has been top six finishes in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“I have come to realise I am not one of these players who can play a lot of tournaments on the bounce,” said Waring, whose early years on Tour were bedevilled by wrist and shoulder injury problems which at one time threatened his career. “I need to keep my mind as fresh as possible so that when I play I am enjoying it and focussed on what I want to achieve.

“It is possible to play a lot of events, but not make any kind of  impact on your world ranking points or position in the money list. I feel playing perhaps only 20 events a year works better for me.

“It is then about having the confidence that you can do well enough in those events to move up the rankings, which opens the door to more majors or world ranking tournaments.

“That allows you to build a schedule for yourself and, equally importantly, to be able to factor in practise time. It is much harder to work on your game going from tournament to tournament – will you really implement a change when you are in the middle of competing? I find it better to work with my coaching team away from the events.

“To make an impact you have to be competing at the top of the leaderboard rather than coming home 45th each week. It is almost better to miss the cut for three or four events and then finish, say, second than it is to just about keep making the cut every week.

“You have to do what works best for you – and every player is different. Some like to play 30-35 events a year because they think that gives them more opportunities to do well.

“But I would be shattered if I did that – think there is every chance I would burn myself out and I want to be able to play on for the next ten years.

“You always look to take different things from what the other players on Tour are doing, but actually it is better to be the best possible you rather than a poor imitation of somebody else.”