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Matthew Southgate: Southend golfer who survived cancer posts dream round at The Open

Matthew Southgate celebrates his par putt on the 18th. Credit: PA

A golfer from Southend who survived testicular cancer has posted a dream round on the final day of the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Matthew Southgate, 28, hit a brilliant 65 to head into the clubhouse on -4 for the tournament and finish tied 6th.

It means he's also bagged himself thousands of pounds in prize money and ended up as the highest-placed Englishman.

Southgate only returned to the sport in September 2015, having being diagnosed with cancer in July of that year.

Southgate was in terrific form for his final round. Credit: PA

Speaking to Sky Sports, Southgate said it was an emotional day for all of his family.

"I got some amazing support out there, all my family were up here today and what a special day that was," he said.

"I could see dad and he'll be crying his eyes out. I think this is the best tournament in the world and it's a very special event to me."