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Paint worker Singleton makes quite a splash

Wirral factory worker John Singleton ignored his score and celebrated the greatest round of his life after a dream Open appearance at Hoylake.

The 30-year-old local qualifier, cheered on by a large group of family, friends and work colleagues, slipped from level par after 11 holes to card a six-over-par 78 in his first round.

But that still could not taint a memorable experience for the Liverpool fan from nearby Wallasey, who normally spends Thursdays making paint and varnish at a resin factory just eight miles from the course in Birkenhead.

Singleton said: "It's probably the greatest round of my life.

"I shot six over but it feels like I shot six under. I have just played in the Open Championship, I can always take that away with me."

Singleton's boss at AEV gave the company's entire workforce the day off and paid the entrance fee for them to watch him play.

He was clearly nervous for his big moment on the first tee.

Singleton said: "I just went blank. I was just focused on the unbelievably shaky hands that I had. I thought if I could just control that and hit it down the middle, it'd be great. And I did that."

 

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