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Top 10 finish for Waring

By Richard Williamson

PAUL Waring produced one of the rounds of the final day to force his way into the top 10 at the Betfred British Masters.

The Wirral golfer reeled off four birdies on the back nine – including a brilliant recovery after a wayward drive on the 17th left him on the 11th fairway with a mountainous dune to clear – on his way to a five under 67.

After scraping through the cutline, the Bromborough player was nine under for the weekend over the links at Hillside.

“I played terribly the first few days, found it hard to get going in the cold,” he said, “but it was much better over the weekend. I was seeing the course better. I rolled in a good putt from off the green on 16 and the recovery on 17 was good. I don’t think I have the ball that far off line before!

“But after just making the weekend, it shows what can happen over the final two rounds.”

Day one leader Matthew Jordan, who plays out of Royal Liverpool GC, secured a top 15 finish. While it was always going to be a tall order to match the dizzying heights of his course record in the first round, he didn’t take a step backwards over the final three days finishing on nine under.

Southport’s Matthew Baldwin endured a testing weekend and did not make the progress up the leaderboard he had hoped for, finishing level par overall in 70th place.