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Warren 'delighted' by best major finish

Scottish star says performance at Oak Hill is a ‘step in the right direction’

SCOTLAND’S Marc Warren produced his best finish in a major at Oak Hill, finishing the PGA Championship in a tie for 12th, and said it was a “step in the right direction”.

The 32-year-old bounced back from a disappointing opening round of 74 to put together rounds of 67, 68 and 69 to end the season’s final major on two-under-par, the same mark posted by the like of Steve Stricker and Graeme McDowell.

Afterwards, Warren - who only made his major debut in the 2012 US Open - could barely contain his satisfaction with his performance.

“I’m delighted,” he said. “Practice went great for me and had a really frustrating Thursday night after not playing great in the first round. But I think the last three rounds was all about one simple feeling, committing to every shot.

“To finish in a major, especially the PGA, with three rounds in the 60s is very pleasing. I felt really comfortable and confident over everything I was doing. I felt very stress-free which is unusual on a golf course as tough as this.”

His performance at Oak Hill, where he finished best of seven Scots in the field, continues what has been a great year to date for the two-time European Tour winner.

He added: “It’s just another kind of step in the right direction I suppose. The last couple years, I’ve been progressing nicely and had a decent finish in the majors, which is something I’d not done before, so it’s nice to tick it off. Now, I obviously want to get a bit better. This has just been a great week.”

Warren added that one of his next goals is to play at Augusta National - and he also has one eye on next year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. “I’ve played the Open, the US Open and now the PGA, so the Masters is the only one missing for the ‘Warren Slam’,” he said.

“This week will have been good for world ranking points, so I’ll hopefully move up a little bit this week and then just continue that and have a real strong finish to the year.

“But there’s so much coming up, obviously, like Ryder Cup points starting now. If you start to look at things like that, you can drive yourself crazy. Like I’ve done this week, I’ll just focus on simple things and try to play golf. All the old clichés, I suppose.”

 

SCOTLAND’S Marc Warren produced his best finish in a major at Oak Hill, finishing the PGA Championship in a tie for 12th, and said it was a “step in the right direction”.

The 32-year-old bounced back from a disappointing opening round of 74 to put together rounds of 67, 68 and 69 to end the season’s final major on two-under-par, the same mark posted by the like of Steve Stricker and Graeme McDowell.

Afterwards, Warren - who only made his major debut in the 2012 US Open - could barely contain his satisfaction with his performance.

“I’m delighted,” he said. “Practice went great for me and had a really frustrating Thursday night after not playing great in the first round. But I think the last three rounds was all about one simple feeling, committing to every shot.

“To finish in a major, especially the PGA, with three rounds in the 60s is very pleasing. I felt really comfortable and confident over everything I was doing. I felt very stress-free which is unusual on a golf course as tough as this.”

His performance at Oak Hill, where he finished best of seven Scots in the field, continues what has been a great year to date for the two-time European Tour winner.

He added: “It’s just another kind of step in the right direction I suppose. The last couple years, I’ve been progressing nicely and had a decent finish in the majors, which is something I’d not done before, so it’s nice to tick it off. Now, I obviously want to get a bit better. This has just been a great week.”

Warren added that one of his next goals is to play at Augusta National - and he also has one eye on next year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. “I’ve played the Open, the US Open and now the PGA, so the Masters is the only one missing for the ‘Warren Slam’,” he said.

“This week will have been good for world ranking points, so I’ll hopefully move up a little bit this week and then just continue that and have a real strong finish to the year.

“But there’s so much coming up, obviously, like Ryder Cup points starting now. If you start to look at things like that, you can drive yourself crazy. Like I’ve done this week, I’ll just focus on simple things and try to play golf. All the old clichés, I suppose.”






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