Paul Waring Leads HNA Open de France

Paul Waring fired a blistering 7-under to set the early pace at the HNA Open de France on Thursday. He leads the tournament by two strokes through 18 holes.

Ranked 43rd in the current Race to Dubai standings, a win here would be the catalyst to ensure Waring makes the field. He was 4-under on the front nine and 3-under on the back.

“I’m obviously (delighted),” Waring said. “I only hit five fairways which is obscene around here, but I had 10 putts on the back nine. Obviously I rolled the putter great and gave myself some real chances out there and took them.

“If we drive it better, we can go really silly but really happy with how it’s gone. If we can just score similar to that, I’ll be more than happy.”

He made just one bogey on the day.

A promising UK prospect 10 years ago, back injuries have hampered Waring’s career. He missed most of 2011 and 2012, and made just 12 starts in all between 2015 and 2016.

The back is much better this year it seems, as France is his 12th start of the season.

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