Waring happy to finish third in Malaysia

CHESHIRE’S Paul Waring finished in a creditable share of third place  at the Maybank Malaysian Open where India’s Anirban Lahiri overcame a five shot deficit in the final round to claim his first European Tour title.

PAUL WARING

PAUL WARING

A ten under par 62 on the third day provided the foundation for Lahiri’s brilliant victory, and he followed it with a four under par 68 – which included a 40-foot putt for birdie at the 17th – to deny overnight leader Bernd Wiesberger, who closed with a 74.

Austrian Wiesberger birdied the first two holes to open up a five stroke advantage, but he double-bogeyed the par five fifth and played the back nine in two over, missing a birdie attempt from 20 feet at the par five 18th which would have forced a play-off.

Waring and Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares shared third place after rounds of 73 and 74 respectively, while defending champion Lee Westwood had a disappointing 75 to finish tied fifth.

Waring commented: “I’d obviously have taken third at the start of the week. I only got into the tournament late on Sunday after Dubai, so to walk away with third I’m very happy. I’m a little disappointed not to challenge a bit more today.

“But the more times I put myself in this position, hopefully I’ll get to a point where I can polish one off and take a victory. Hats off to the winner today – ten under par yesterday and 68 today is a great weekend. It’s a great start to 2015 and I think this is my biggest pay cheque, so I’m very happy.”

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