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Alex Noren

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Alex Noren heads to Le Golf National for the 100th Open de France with few crumbs of course comfort.
The Swede lay second at halfway in this event in 2012 after rounds of 70-67, but beware: it is literally the only good news from 7 visits to Le Golf National. He has missed four cuts, has just one finish inside the top 30 (T15 in 2012), and has broken 70 just twice in 20 attempts. He’s 7-for-9 for the season, with 3 top 15 finishes, but was last seen missing the cut in the U.S. Open, having shot 78 when T2 after 54 holes on his previous start in the Nordea Masters. Jun 28 - 5:12 AM

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Defending Nordea Masters champion Alex Noren isn't giving up his crown easily and will play in the final group at Bro Hof Slott on Sunday after authoring a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round three.

Saturday's impressive lap lifted him 10 spots on the leaderboard to 10-under 206 although he still has much work to do tomorrow as playing partner Matt Fitzpatrick holds a five-shot lead. But if anyone can, Noren can. He's an absolute stud in his home tournament and, as well as taking the title at PGA Sweden National 12 months ago, he won by seven shots at this week's venue in 2011. He started fast today with circles at 1, 2 and 7 but then wobbled at the start of the back nine with successive bogeys at 10 and 11. All that did, though, was kick-start a charge as he connected birdies at 12, 13, 14 and 15 to jump up to T2 alongside Nicolas Colsaerts. Noren's fairways (5 of 13) and greens (13) numbers were his worst of the week but he needed just 28 putts in round three, four less than yesterday.
Jun 4 - 12:36 PM

Alex Noren maintained his title bid at the Volvo China Open in Beijing after handing in a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in Saturday's third round.

One back at start of play, the Swede now trails by two but at 14-under 202 he has leading duo Lucas Bjerregaard and Felipe Aguilar very much in his crosshairs. It was a wild ride for Noren on the front nine as he mixed an eagle-3 at 8 with a double bogey-6 at 5 along with birdies at 1, 3 and 7 and finally a bogey at 9. That added up to an outward 34, a score he matched coming home although in more serene style after seven pars and birdies at 11 and 18. The 33-year-old hit every green in regulation in round two but had to settle for 13 today. He could only save par twice although he needed just 26 putts.
Apr 30 - 6:48 AM

Alex Noren hung up a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his second round at the Volvo China Open and moved up five spots on the leaderboard to T2.

At 10-under 134, he's just one swing behind leader Felipe Aguilar with most of Friday's nearly completed. Noren split 8 of Topwin's 14 fairways today (two less than R1) but found all 18 greens in regulation. However, there were frustrations with the putter, most notably at the par 5s. Noren three-putted them all and needed 31 swishes of the short-stick in all. While he couldn't cash in on the long holes, Noren did circle birdies at 13, 15, 1, 3 and 6 to register a second straight round of 67 and maintain his title challenge.
Apr 29 - 4:26 AM

Alex Noren scouted the track in smart fashion as he carded a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round one of the Volvo China Open.

The Swede has had a calculated, but steady start to his 2016 season after the injury woes of late 2015. He made three cuts on the Desert Swing but waited until Open de Espana, two weeks ago, before re-emerging - and he did so in style with T6 at Valderrama. He maintained that form in R1 with a composed tour of a course new to the field. Three pars began his round before he added 5 birdies in 8 holes from the 4th tee. He had bogey blues on 13 and 14, but promptly got both shots back in posting yellow for eagle-3 on 15, neatly displaying his nation's colors on the card in the process. Unlike many in the top ten he struggled to find the greens in regulation (he hit just 11), but his putter was hot, needing just 23 swipes. He is 4 back of the early lead.
Apr 28 - 6:36 AM

Alex Noren returns to European Tour action in the Open de Espana after a hiatus following the Desert Swing.

The Swede shot a final round 67 at Valderrama in the 2008 Volvo Masters on the way to finishing T21, but otherwise ha has struggled to make progress on the course, missing the cut and finishing T35 in the 2010 and 2011 Andalucian Masters. The stats suggest he struggles from the tee; he’s never once hit more fairways than he misses. His 2016 efforts amount to nothing more than the Desert Swing. He went 3-for-3, but only finishing T35-T41-T50. The shining light in that stretch was a round one 66 in the last start in Dubai which left him leading the field before he slipped back.
Apr 13 - 6:15 AM

Last year's runner-up Alex Noren hung up a bogey-free 6-under-par 35-31=66 in his opening round at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, good enough for sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

The Swede closed with a 65 to finish second to Rory McIlroy last year so he's now 13-under for his last two laps at Emirates GC. Today, he piped 9 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation in a round featuring 6 birdies and 12 pars. His set included an opening par breaker at 10, the only par 5 where he picked up a shot, and a go-ahead birdie at the par-3 7th hole. He leads by one from Brett Rumford, Trevor Fisher, Jr. and Rafael Cabrera-Bello. "I hit a lot of fades off the tee and here you know it's a drawer's course. So you feel a bit down as a fader. But you just have to accept it and maybe play less aggressive on some holes," said Noren. "I hit a lot of good shots but a few bad shots and got away with it, and then you end up with 66."
Feb 4 - 4:48 AM

Sweden's Alex Noren has a history of making fast starts in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, but is yet to maintain the momentum.

Four times he has been in the top ten on Thursday night (indeed opening 66s in 2010 and 2011 left him in the top 4) but when it really matters - on Sunday night - he’s never figured, with a best finish of T11 despite being 6-for-8. He’s generally strong in the Middle East (22-for-27) and especially good last year with a solo 2nd in Dubai and solo 9th in Qatar. Injury plagued in recent times he won the Nordea Masters in June but then missed four months ahead of the Final Series. Briefly contended at the halfway stage of the DP World Tour Championship before slipping back to T38.
Jan 19 - 2:44 PM

Alex Noren rode a hot start to post a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in round two of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

The Swede flew out of the blocks with birdies at five of his opening six holes, a sharp contrast to Thursday when he played the same stretch in 1-over. Noren slowed after that with one birdie and one bogey in his next 11 holes but a walk-off par breaker at 18 finished off a strong day as he parked at 7-under 137 after 36 holes. That's four behind leaders Emiliano Grillo and Andy Sullivan. He hit 16 greens in regulation after splitting 9 (of 14) fairways.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 07:26:00 AM

Alex Noren sits at 35th in the Race to Dubai going into this week's final event, the DP World Tour Championship.

While some will be pleased to reach the finishing line, the Swede probably wishes the season was still going after he was sidelined in June by a stress fracture in his lower chest. Noren made his return with a T66 at the opening event of the Final Series, the Turkish Airlines Open, and has slowly played himself back to tournament sharpness with T54 at the WGC-HSBC Champions and T46 in last week's BMW Masters where he closed 70-68. This is his first start at the Earth course since a T39 in 2012 but he did show a liking for the par 72 when sixth on debut in 2009.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 04:47:00 AM

Alex Noren returned to competition with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in his opening round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Back at it after sitting out four months with a stress fracture in his lower chest, the Swede exchanged three birdies with two bogeys on both nines at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal today and sits T28 in the 78-man field. For all intents and purposes, it's as good as he could have wanted after a frustrating sabbatical during the core of the season. He's 28th in the Race to Dubai standings, which is actually up one slot due to Brooks Koepka forfeiting his membership.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Alex Noren has verbally committed to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open on Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

While he's withdrawn early from several commitments in recent weeks, the event in Turkey kicks off The Final Series of the Race to Dubai, so it would make sense that he'll wait as long as possible to attempt to give it a go. Noren has not competed since the U.S. Open due to a stress fracture in his lower chest. He's currently 29th in the R2D standings.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 10:50:00 PM

Alex Noren has been removed from the published field of next week's Portugal Masters.

We've been checking in on the Swede ever since he's been sidelined with a stress fracture in his lower chest suffered in June. He's appeared early in several tournaments, but has withdrawn early every time. Now 27th in the Race to Dubai standings, Noren will easily qualify for the Turkish Airlines Open (on Oct. 29-Nov. 1), which begins The Final Series. The only question remains whether he'll be fit to compete.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 02:56:00 AM

Alex Noren has withdrawn from next week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and will now shift his focus for a hopeful return at the Portugal Masters on Oct. 15-18.

The Swede had also appeared briefly in the preliminary field of the British Masters in two weeks, but was then scratched. He's remained sidelined with a stress fracture in his lower chest suffered the week he missed the cut at the U.S. Open. Noren is currently 25th in the Race to Dubai standings, so he's earned the opportunity to recover and heal.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 07:13:00 PM

Alex Noren has been removed from the published field of next week's Porsche European Open.

Instead, Noren is currently in the preliminary field of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 1-4, but continue to hold your breath if you're still invested in some fashion. The Swede has withdrawn early from his last two commitments this month. He's remain sidelined since suffering a stress fracture in his lower chest the week of the U.S. Open.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 11:11:00 AM