CHORLEY'S Nick Dougherty admits he did himself proud following an up-and-down Masters debut.

The Shaw Hill professional finished five-over-par at the Augusta National after closing the event with his worst round of the week.

But the 25-year-old can reflect on a fine showing that saw him lead the Masters on the opening day - albeit for just half-an-hour - and briefly enter the top 10 on Saturday.

In that third round, Dougherty registered three early birdies to put himself in contention.

But, mirroring the entire British challenge in Georgia, his bid fell away, closing with two bogeys yesterday evening to finish outside the top 30.

However, Dougherty, cheered on all week by his family and friends from Shaw Hill Golf Club, reflected on a satisfying effort.

Dougherty said: "It's been a superb week. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself.

"I would like to have scored better over the weekend, but I'm delighted to play all four days and I think I've done myself proud. It's been memorable and I think I've taken a lot out of it."