Paul Waring clinched his maiden European Tour win at his 200th attempt by beating Thomas Aiken in a play-off at the Nordea Masters. The Englishman, making his seventh appearance at the event, was a joint overnight leader with Aiken but had edged one stroke clear of the South African by the turn at Hills Golf Club in Gothenburg.
But in rainy conditions, they couldn’t be separated as both men fired rounds of 68 to get to 14 under and enforce the play-off.
But, when they returned to the 18th tee, Aiken put his first shot in the water and a par from Waring was enough to break his duck.
“I’m ecstatic,” said the Birkenhead golfer.
“I wasn’t ever sure this day would come in total honesty. I’ve tried so hard for many years to get to this point and it’s nice to finally cross the line and be holding the trophy.”
Waring has struggled with injuries throughout his professional career, missing large portions of the 2011 and 2012 seasons through a wrist injury while a shoulder problem meant he could only play 12 events over 2015 and 2016.
“It feels like it’s all worth it. I’ve had a couple of operations along the way and it’s nice to finally have got to this point. I’m sure that everyone back home will be absolutely thrilled for me. This is all for everyone back home as well.”