Golf: Baker raises Ryder hopes

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Baker raises Ryder hopes

Peter Baker, who won three of his four matches on his Ryder Cup debut in 1993, believes he can still make this year's team if he continues in the fine form as he is showing at the Scandinavian Masters in Malmo. He shot 69 in the third round for a 54-hole aggregate of 205 to share second place with Australia's Stephen Allan, four shots behind the Swede Joakim Haeggman. First prize would put Baker up in the top 20 in the Ryder Cup table. "I know it's a long shot," Baker said. "But you have to hope." Aran Wainwright won the English Amateur Championship with a 2 and 1 victory over Philip Rowe at Royal Liverpool. The Welsh title went to Jamie Donaldson, who beat Mark Pilkington 5 and 4 at Pyle and Kenfig, while the Scottish title went to Craig Hislop, who beat Sam Cairns 5 and 3 at Carnoustie.