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Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Paul Waring  (Getty Images)
Paul Waring (Getty Images)

Paul Waring feels he is better equipped than ever to win on the European Tour as he launches his defence at the Scandinavian Invitation.

The Englishman claimed a maiden European Tour victory at Hills Golf & Sports Club last season and has not looked back since, claiming four individual top tens on the 2019 Race to Dubai including his two best finishes in Rolex Series events.

He claimed a play-off victory over Thomas Aiken last season after a hard fought final round and he is certain he has all the tools to lift the trophy again if he can get in contention down the stretch.

"I keep being reminded of it," he said. "We shared a car in today and I was speaking to a few of the lads and we were talking about a few of the memories. It just evokes really good memories.

"I've drawn on that memory for most of this season, especially into the weekend. I feel like I'm very comfortable under pressure, I almost need that little bit of pressure to perform.

"The weeks where I'm quite flat are the weeks where I don't perform. When I get into the mix I feel like I can keep going.

"It's nice coming in playing well, I've been swinging it well for a little while.

"One of the key things for me is to get the putter going, if I can get the putter going I feel like I can compete at the moment."

One man who rarely struggles with the short stick is 2016 champion Matthew Fitzpatrick.

The Englishman feels Sweden reminds him of his hometown of Sheffield, and believes a win could be just around the corner after losing out in a play-off at the BMW International Open.

“I love coming to Sweden," he said. "Obviously I have had some success here in the past, it is a different golf course this year but I have played four events in Sweden and it is nice to be back.

"It is always nice to come here, it has a clean vibe about it with lots of greenery, so maybe it reminds me a bit of Sheffield.

“It was great from what I can remember, I can’t believe it has been three years to be honest. I have always been lucky enough to be supported here and this year playing with Henrik (Stenson) and Marcus (Kinhult) for the first two days will be a great experience.

“I have played well so far this season and the only thing missing for me is a win, so it would be nice if it is this week, next week, or any of the weeks left for the rest of this year."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1VAN ROOYEN, ErikRSA18-19
2FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-18
T3STENSON, HenrikSWE18-14
T3BURMESTER, DeanRSA18-14
T5SODERBERG, SebastianSWE18-13
T5KIM, SihwanUSA18-13

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