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Alex Noren

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Making his tournament debut, overnight leader and World No. 19 Alex Noren tacked on a 1-over-par 35-38=73 in Sunday's final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to match clubhouse leader Jason Day (70) and playing competitor Ryan Palmer (72) on 10-under 278, and then lost to Day on the sixth hole of sudden death, the fourth playing of the par-5 18th, and first hole after the now-2-man playoff resumed on Monday morning. Noren drops to 0-for-1 as 54-hole leader/co-leader and is 0-1 in playoffs. UPDATE: Noren bumps three spots to 16th in OWGR.
Playing his first full season on TOUR after finishing in the Top 125 in non-member FedExCup points last season, the 34-year-old was vying for his first TOUR title in his 36th career start. He settles for a career-TOUR-best P2, supplanting a previous-best T5 at the 2017 WGC-Match Play. After kicking off in 70-66-69, the Oklahoma State alum began with a one-shot lead over Palmer, three clear of Day. He hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, No. 1 for the week in GIR at 79.17 percent (57/72). The Swede outpaced three circles at Nos. 5, 7 and 9, with four squares at 3 (3-putt from 50'6"), 6, 12 (3-putt from 36'5") and 14 (tee ball OB), and missed birdie on the 72nd hole to win from 13'1". In extra time, the duo battled to a birdie-birdie-par-par-birdie draw thru five holes of extra time, and Day won on Monday morning with a kick-in birdie-4, while Noren's second from 255 yards away (left intermediate) came up short in the water. Jan 29 - 12:05 PM

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Making his tournament debut, overnight leader and World No. 19 Alex Noren tacked on a 1-over-par 35-38=73 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to match clubhouse leader Jason Day (70) on 10-under 278, and then play was suspended at 5:35 PM PST due to darkness after the duo battled to a draw thru five playoff holes. The overtime will reconvene at 8:00 AM local time on Monday.

Playing his first full season on TOUR after finishing in the Top 125 in non-member FedExCup points last season, the 34-year-old is vying for his first TOUR title in his 36th career start. After kicking off in 70-66-69, he began with a one-shot lead over Ryan Palmer, three clear of Day. The Oklahoma State alum hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, No. 1 for the week in GIR at 79.17 percent (57/72). He outpaced three circles at Nos. 5, 7 and 9, all from inside of eight feet, with four squares at 3 (3-putt from 50'6"), 6, 12 (3-putt from 36'5") and 14 (tee ball OB), and missed birdie on the 72nd hole to win from 13'1". In extra time, the duo matched birdie-4s on the first two tours of the 18th; routine pars at the par-3 16th; 2-putt pars at the 17th, and birdie-4s at the 18th. This was Noren's first lead/co-lead after any round on TOUR, and first playoff. He's a nine-time winner on the Euro Tour in 246 career events, most recently the 2017 BMW PGA.
Jan 28 - 8:43 PM

Making his tournament debut and playing out of the Top 125 Non-Member category, World No. 19 Alex Noren crafted a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open, up four places on the day and good for the 54-hole lead by one over 36-hole leader Ryan Palmer, who shot 73.

Making his 36th career TOUR start, this is the Oklahoma State alum's first lead/co-lead after any round (been T2 four times). He has four career top 10s, including a best of T5 at the 2017 WGC-Match Play and a stroke-play best of T6 (2017 Open). The 35-year-old's previous high thru 54 holes was T2 at the 2017 Wells Fargo, closing in 5-over 77 for T31. He's a nine-time winner on the Euro Tour (246 starts), most recently the 2017 BMW PGA. After opening in 70-66, the Swede began solo 5th, three shy of Palmer. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, gaining 4.235 strokes on approach. Noren's lone blemish was double bogey-6 at 12, silenced by three circles at 13, 16 and 19, adding eagle-3 at 6 from 38'2". He posted 1.765 putts per GIR and -1.812 SG: Putting, needing 32 total putts.
Jan 27 - 7:16 PM

World No. 19 Alex Noren coasted to a 6-under-par 33-33=66 during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open, soaring into a share of fifth place on 8-under 136.

The Swede opened his week on Torrey Pines South with a 2-under 70 to share a piece of 35th place. On day two he turned his attention toward the shorter North Course, which is more suited to his style of play. It showed on the scorecard as he pelted 15 greens today en route to five birdies and an eagle. Noren's lone blemish came at the par-4 second hole where he found a greenside bunker on approach and failed to convert on the par-saver. After finishing inside the top 125 in Non-Member FedExCup Points last year, the Swede will be spending more time on this side of the pond in 2018. Gamers should get used to seeing this Oklahoma State product near the top of leaderboards over the next few months.
Jan 26 - 7:04 PM

Alex Noren will make his course and tournament debut as he turns his attention toward Albany for this week's Hero World Challenge.

The Swede will get his first look at the Ernie Els designed Albany this week. In fact, he'll be the first golfer with the last name beginning with 'N' to tee it up at the Hero World Challenge, just a fun fact there. World No. 17 has six worldwide wins since the start of the 2015 calendar year, but he arrives with just mediocre recent form. Since getting married at the end of August he's returned to find paychecks in 5-of-6 starts, but only two have resulted in finishes inside the top 30. Perhaps a little vacation to The Bahamas will help re-energize the Swede who owns one of the best short games in the entire field.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 07:55:00 AM

Defending Nedbank Golf Challenge champion Alex Noren approached the weekend in style when completing a second round of level-par 37-35=72 to hit the halfway mark on 3-under 141, four back of leader Victor Dubuisson when he signed his card in a tie for fifth.

For a second consecutive day the Swede made a bright start with birdie at the par-5 second hole, but this time he immediately took two steps backwards with double bogey-6 at the third. He consolidated with six pars to follow before starting his back nine in similar vein to his front: with a pre-weekend par-5 double. This time he made eagle-3 at the 10th for a second time, but yet again he was profligate, making bogey at 12 and 14. However, after the long delay for bad weather, he returned to play the final hole and smashed a sensational approach from the second cut to kick-in range. "Joke," tweeted fellow competitor Matt Wallace in deference to the quality of the shot.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Playing in the final group of the day, last year's winner Alex Noren pieced together a 3-under-par 35-34=69 on day one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, good enough for T6 on the leaderboard and just two back from pacesetter Bernd Wiesberger.

Noren also opened up with a 69 when scoring a six-shot win here last year and there were echoes of his 2016 success today, particularly when he chipped in for eagle-3 at No. 10. That added to a birdie at the second hole and he made another par breaker at 12 to move into a tie for the lead. In good position to beat the clubhouse target of 4-under, the Swede couldn't make further progress though and swallowed his only bogey of the day after finding sand at 17. With Wiesberger setting the new lead of 5-under, Noren had a chance to close the gap with a 12-footer at 18 but missed and ended the day two off the pace. Last year he followed his opening 69 with 67-75-63.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 09:07:00 AM

Alex Noren will look to do a Tyrrell Hatton and protect his trophy, when he tees it up in the Nedbank Golf Challenge title at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa this week.

As course debuts go last year's wasn't too bad. Opening laps of 69-67 earned him the lead, but a troubled Saturday saw him post 75. No matter. Range work before nightfall and putting on the carpet in the hotel turned it around; a final tour of 63 cliched the win. He topped the Greens in Regulation stats, was fourth in Total Putting and fourth for All-Round. Good job. Victory in the BMW PGA Championship followed, do did getting into contention on the PGA TOUR in May, his best WGC too, and T6 in The Open. However since then, with the exception of T6 in the European Masters he'll be frustrated. He missed the cut defending the British Masters, was T38 in Italian Open and T31 in the WGC HSBC Champions. Not bad, but not quite top gear.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 11:39:00 AM

For the second time this season, Alex Noren will defend one of his 2016 titles at a different venue when he goes in search of another victory in the British Masters.

The Swede won this event at The Grove in the south of England last year; this time he heads to the north as the tournament takes place at Close House in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for the first time. Earlier this year Noren missed the cut at Dundonald Links in defense of his Scottish Open title having won the trophy 12 months earlier at Castle Stuart. That's not much evidence to go on but it certainly makes his task harder as he tries to follow up on a different track. The good news is that he seems to enjoy playing on a variety of courses in England. His last three visits show that win at The Grove, victory in this year's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and T6 in The Open at Royal Birkdale. He arrives on the back of T6 at the European Masters in Crans where he was defending another of his four 2016 titles. World No. 14 Noren sits fifth on the Race to Dubai.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 09:59:00 AM

Two-time Omega European Masters champion Alex Noren will chase the hat-trick this week high in the Alpine splendour of Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Switzerland.

In one sense the Swede’s first win in the mountains came right out of the blue in 2009, after previous results of T66-MC, but on that debut he had ranked second for Putting Average so there was a clue of sorts. He missed the weekend again when defending in 2010, before recording T9-T27 the following two seasons. After a break of four years he returned last summer and prowled through the field all week, posting 69-63-66-65 to finish three clear alongside Scott Hend, then claiming the spoils in a play-off. In the five times he has made the cut he has ranked top five for Putting Average four times and when he didn’t (last year) he was sensational in Scrambling (first with 95.2%). Had a summer break since T67 in the PGA Championship, before which he contended both The Open and Bridgestone Invitational.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 06:37:00 AM

Alex Noren blitzed the back nine at Firestone Country Club to record a 2-under-par 37-31=68, climbing inside the top 10 on the leaderboard with a 36-hole total of 3-under 137.

The Swede missed on his first three reasonable birdie looks (all from 8-to-13 feet) while swallowing a pair of early bogeys. After the turn, Noren caught fire with the flat stick, converting four back-nine birdies, all on putts from outside 12 feet. The longest was from 33'4" at the par-4 13th. By day's end, the Swede was gaining 2.762 strokes putting over the field. He currently ranks 2nd in the field in that department this week. Noren has never finished better than T53 here at Firestone Country Club but this is also his first start in Akron, Ohio, since 2011.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 07:28:00 PM

World No. 9 Alex Noren twirled a 3-under-par 31-36=67 during round four of The 146th Open, jumping inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard with a final score of 4-under 276.

The Swede nrealy played as steady as possible this week, carding just five bogeys for the entire week. Unfortunately, birdies weren't that easy to come by, either, as he circled nine for the week, four of them coming today. Today's round matches his career best in a major championship (R2, 2011 U.S. Open; R1, 2012 PGA Championship). This will also very likely end up as his second career top 10 in a major (T9, 2012 Open Championship). Noren won't be holding the Claret Jug this year, but there is a lot of good to takeaway from his time at Royal Birkdale.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 12:36:00 PM

World No. 9 Alex Noren breezed through Royal Birkdale with a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of The 146th Open, staking out an early spot inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.

The Swede has won six times worldwide since the start of 2015, but he arrived with missed cuts in the first two majors of the season. Overall, his success hasn't translated Stateside but he does have a T19 (at Royal Birkdale) and T9 on his Open Championship resume. Those are the only two top 30s on his major championship CV (16 starts). Noren is off and running again at The Open, trading three birdies with a lone bogey today. His play was setup by great approach play today, landing 12 greens in regulation which is eclipsed by very few golfers as they take on a tough Royal Birkdale layout. If the Swede can maintain that pace with his irons, he will be sticking around near the top of the leaderboard, all week.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 08:26:00 AM

Alex Noren returns to the scene of his Open Championship debut when he tees it up in this year’s renewal at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport.

Famously the winner of five titles since July last year and consequently a new entry into the world’s top ten this season, but the Swede has notably struggled in the majors. But surely if he is end that trend it has to happen this week? Why such a thought? Well, he has just two top 20 finishes in 16 major championship starts. The best of those was when T9 in this tournament in 2012, but equally of note is the fact that he was T19 on debut at Royal Birkdale in 2008. Moreover he was T4 at halfway and T5 after 54 holes, before drifting back on the final day. It is a week when he learned to play low links shots and has lived on in his memory – can he ride the wave of fond recollection? He shot 70-76 to miss the cut in the Scottish Open, but he was T10 at Portstewart in the Irish Open. Has to be considered.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 05:31:00 AM

Alex Noren will be looking to improve on his major championship record when he tees it up in the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course this week.

This is a big week for the Swede. Twelve months ago he missed the cut at Oakmont and was ranked 108th in the world; he arrives this week having made a jump of exactly 100 spots thanks to a run of 15 top 25 finishes in 24 starts, including five wins. The most significant of those was the latest, when he thrashed a superb 62 to triumph at Wentworth. That’s all fine and dandy, but a concern would be the rare poor finishes. Only six times in that period did he finish outside the top 40 yet five were in three majors, the WGC Mexico Championship and the AP Invitational. It’s a reminder that he’s struggled to transfer Euro Tour form elsewhere (one top ten in 25 major & WGC strokeplay starts). If that’s the bad news, the good news is that in recent weeks his play Stateside has begun to show signs of improvement: QF at the WGC World Match Play, T2 after 54 holes in the Wells Fargo Championship, T10 at THE PLAYERS; the upward curve may not have have peaked yet.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 06:25:00 AM