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Alex Noren |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165
College: Sweden

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Alex Noren toured Wentworth in 5-under-par 34-33=67 and is five behind leader Francesco Molinari going into the weekend at the BMW PGA Championship.
Friday's round, which took him to 5-under at the midpoint, matched his best score in the European Tour's flagship event. That came back in 2008 when he finished T6 and the Swede will now have eyes on a first top five finish after a significant rise up the leaderboard today. He circled three birdies against two bogeys on the front nine and added further par breakers at 11, 12, 17 and 18. Noren kept the bogeys away by going 5-for-6 in scrambling but he'll need to drive it straighter off the tee over the next two days after splitting just 15 (of 28) fairways so far. May 22 - 9:42 AM

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Alex Noren will look to rediscover his strong early-season form at this week's inaugural Shenzhen International.

The fit-again Swede posted a T9 in the Qatar Masters, a second place in the Dubai Desert Classic and a T11 in the True Thailand Classic before cooling a little. His last start was a T56 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. This is Noren's first start in China since 2013 after he missed all three of the European Tour events staged there in 2014 due to wrist trouble. It's been a profitable part of the world for him in the past and he's banked three top eight finishes in his last eight starts in China.
Apr 14 - 5:10 AM

Alex Noren shot the low round of the morning on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s West Course to move into contention at the Joburg Open.

The Swede's 8-under-par 32-31=63 atoned for his modest 1-under 71 on the tougher East layout and has catapulted him over 90 places up the leaderboard. His 9-under 134 total is currently good enough for T6 and just two behind halfway clubhouse leaders Simon Dyson, Garth Mulroy and Tjaart Van Der Walt. Even if the afternoon wave continue to go low, pre-tournament favorite Noren is still in position for a weekend challenge. He'll have to sharpen up his act on the par 72 East, however, as both weekend rounds are played there.
Feb 27 - 6:31 AM

Dubai Desert Classic runner-up Alex Noren toured Black Mountain in 5-under-par 34-33=67 to take a prominent position after day one of the True Thailand Classic.

The Swede was listed as the betting favorite ahead of the event after his second place to Rory McIlroy in Dubai and T9 in Qatar. He also had course form via a T8 in the 2010 Black Mountain Masters. Noren met expectations with a bogey-free 18 holes on Thursday. His start was steady but after six straight pars he made a move with birdies at 16 and 18. Splitting just 6 (of 14) fairways didn't hurt him as the 32-year-old was able to find 15 greens in regulation and add three more par breakers on his second nine to post a 67 and sit just three off the early clubhouse lead.
Feb 12 - 5:01 AM

Alex Noren will be worth keeping a close eye on when he travels to Asia to contest the inaugural True Thailand Classic at Black Mountain.

The Swede is coming off a second place to Rory McIlroy in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic -- his first worldwide top five for two years having teed it up just twice in 2014 due to wrist trouble. It followed a T9 in the Qatar Masters. Noren planned to take part in last week's Malaysian Masters but skipped it after a rethink. It's no surprise to see him travel to Thailand though as he contested the 2010 Black Mountain Masters on this week's course and finished T8. On a wider scale, he's something of a specialist in this part of the world and has racked up six top 10s in his last eight Asian Tour starts.
Feb 9 - 4:33 PM

Alex Noren secured his first worldwide top five for over two years by finishing runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Swede closed with a 7-under-par 32-33=65 at the Emirates course to post 19-under 269. That was three shots behind winner McIlroy but also three in front of third-placed Stephen Gallacher. This continues a heartening return to form for the 32-year-old, who played just two events in 2014 due to tendonitis in his wrists. He began his climb back up the world rankings with a T9 in Qatar last week. Noren set the tone for a scintillating final round with birdies at one, three, four and six. He bogeyed nine but wiped that out with a birdie at 10 and circled par breakers at 15, 17 and 18 to finish alone in second. Noren took just 24 putts in his final round and was 13-for-15 for scrambling over the week. The top 10 finish here gets him into next week's Maybank Malaysian Open and the three-time European Tour winner confirmed later that he'd be making the trip.
Feb 1 - 8:04 AM

Fit-again Alex Noren recorded his first top 10 since June 2013 by carding a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

His low 18 of the week featured birdies at one, five, 10, 14 and 18 and an eagle two at the par-4 16th hole. It lifted him to solo ninth spot on 13-under 275 and marked an important step on the Swede's bid to get back into the world's top 50. Noren started this week ranked world No. 654 after playing just two events in 2014 due to tendonitis in both wrists. Last week's T37 in Abu Dhabi and a top 10 here has him pointing in the right direction again although there is much work ahead to reach his peak ranking of 48 in October 2012. Noren hit 14 greens in regulation in his closing 55 and was 4-for-4 in scrambling.
Jan 24 - 10:38 AM

The signs look good again for Alex Noren after he continued his comeback from injury with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the Commerical Bank Qatar Masters.

The Swede played just two events in 2014 after suffering tendonitis in both wrists so has a medical extension for 2015. He made his return with a T37 in Abu Dhabi last week and continued his good work with a bogey-free 67 in Doha on Wednesday. Noren is a three-time European Tour winner and was T4 on his last appearance in this event in 2013. Today, he was out in 33 after birdies at the first, seventh and eighth and made it three in four holes with another at 10. Noren added one last par breaker at 16 to finish two behind first-round leader Oliver Fisher.
Jan 21 - 8:43 AM

Alex Noren carded a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his opening round of the Open de España.

Not too shabby for his first meaningful round of golf since having surgery on his left wrist last fall. Noren split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona on Thursday. He opened with a birdie-3 at the 10th hole and added four more plus an eagle-3 at No. 15. Four bogeys and a double helped neutralize the good work he submitted. The Swede has little cachet in formats that don't include the European Tour.
Thu, May 15, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Alex Noren is listed in the preliminary field of next week's Open de España on the European Tour.

The Swede has been sidelined since fall after having surgery to repair his left wrist. He made his last start in Turkey where he missed the cut and dropped to 90th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Thanks to his injury sabbatical, he's fallen to 168th. So, if your format includes his home circuit, keep a look out. He totaled five top-sixes in 2013.
Fri, May 9, 2014 12:38:00 AM

Alex Noren alerted his followers on Monday that he's finally going to sit out to repair his left wrist.

"Waiting for an appointment for wrist surgery and hopefully will be back playing in 4-5 months. Gonna be great to play again without pain." The Swede first suffered the injury during The Open Championship where he withdrew after one round (12-over-par 83). He's played only five times since and cashed three times. Noren completed only 36 holes of last week's Turkish Airlines Open before calling it quits due to the same malady. Since he's not eligible for any of the big events on the PGA TOUR and sits 90th in the Official World Golf Ranking, we'll leave him off our Injury Report.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 01:26:00 AM

Alexander Noren withdrew from The Open Championship following his opening round, citing a wrist injury.

The Swede split only two (of 14) fairways and hit six greens in regulation en route to a 12-over-par 40-43=83. He erased a lone birdie with seven bogeys and three doubles. Because he is a non-member on the PGA TOUR and not eligible for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, we will leave him off our Injury Report.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Alexander Noren makes his first appearance at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship since falling in the first round to Geoff Ogilvy in 2010.

While history may not be on his side at Dove Mountain, current form is. He tied for fourth at the Qatar Masters several weeks ago. He will take on a slumping Dustin Johnson in his first match in the Jones Bracket.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 10:39:00 PM

Alexander Noren posted a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the PGA Championship, finishing one stroke adrift of the overnight lead.

The Swede rolled into Kiawah Island with top 15s in each of his last three starts, including a T9 at the British Open. Today, he circled an eagle at the par-5 16th hole and four birdies. Noren played the quartet of par 5s in bogey-free 4-under.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 08:09:00 PM

Alexander Noren carded a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the British Open to improve to even-par 280 for the week.

After swallowing bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes, he bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. He then added birdies at 11 and 18 to finish the day inside the top 10. It is the first time he's found his way inside the top 10 in four trips.
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 12:51:00 PM