Nordea Masters: Paul Waring wins first European Tour title at 200th attempt

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Nordea Masters: Paul Waring wins first European Tour title at 200th attempt
Waring held his nerve to see off Aiken in a tense finish
Nordea Masters final leaderboard
-14 P Waring (Eng), T Aiken (SA) – Waring won at first hole of play-off; -13 M Kieffer (Ger); -12 T Olesen (Den); -11 L Herbert (Aus); -9 J Janewattananond (Tha), A Pavan (Ita), H Porteous (SA), R Rock (Eng)
Selected others:-8 A Johnston, M Southgate, L Slattery (all Eng); -6 M Warren (Sco); -5 B Neil, C Syme (both Sco)
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Paul Waring won his first European Tour title at his 200th attempt with victory at the Nordea Masters in Gothenburg.

The Englishman, 33, held a two-shot lead with four holes to play before playing partner Thomas Aiken birdied the last to force extra holes.

However, South Africa’s Aiken drove into the water on the first hole of the sudden-death play-off, with Waring’s par good enough to secure victory.

“I wasn’t sure this day would come in total honesty,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m obviously ecstatic. I’ve tried so hard for many years to get to this point and it’s nice to finally get across the line and be holding the trophy.”

Waring and Aiken both shot two-under 68s to finish on 14 under par, a shot ahead of Germany’s Max Kieffer, who carded a five-under 65 in the final round.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen finished fourth in Sweden to move ahead of England’s Ian Poulter in the race to qualify automatically for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

“It wasn’t easy. I felt really in control though,” said Waring.

“I’ve had a couple of operations along the way. It feels like it’s all worth it.

“I’m sure everyone back home will be absolutely thrilled for me.

“I’ve got a great team around me so this is all for them as well.”

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