BEBINGTON golfer Paul Waring has followed up his excellent showing at the French Open with a fine 68 in the first round of the Barclays Scottish Open.
Paul, 24, was well in contention for most of last week’s Open de France Alstom before eventually finishing sixth, his highest finish of this European Tour season so far.
THE Bromborough Golf Club member began his Barclays Scottish Open campaign with a bogey-free round. Pars at the first two holes were followed by a birdies at three and eight as he reached the turn in 34 strokes.
Another birdie at 12 moved him to three under and he parred the rest of the back nine.
Paul ended the day in joint 16th place, four shots behind leader Richard Green, from Australia.
Irish Former Ryder Cup start Paul McGinley lies in joint second on six under with England’s Graham Storm, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Scotsman Martin Laird who normally plies his trade on the United States PGA Tour.
Another Australian, Adam Scott, is on his own in sixth place on five under.
The Barclays Scottish Open is the last European Tour Event before The Open at Turnberry next week and has attracted many big names has they prepare for the season’s third major.
World number six Geoff Ogilvy, the highest-ranked player in the field, is in joint 26th place on two under alongside US Masters champion Angel Cabrera, former Open and US Open champion Ernie Els, world number 11 Camilo Villegas, 2008 Open runner-up Ian Poulter, and former Open and US PGA champion John Daly.