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Alex Noren

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Alex Noren arrives in New Jersey for the 2016 PGA Championship needing to improve on his record in the United States of America.
The Swede is an Oklahoma State grad but that experience does not appear to have made him particularly at home in the States, with T34 in this tournament at Atlanta Athletic Club his best finish in 7 majors outside the U.K. Moreover, at Firestone for the Bridgestone Invitational, he has finished T53 on both his 2 visits and he has struggled to T69-T20-T56 at Doral in the Cadillac Championship. Toss in a missed cut at the Honda Classic and it’s an oddly bleak American record for a very fine golfer who has five wins on the European Tour and 5 top 12 finishes in his last 9 starts, including a strong win in the Scottish Open. Jul 26 - 10:06 AM

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Fresh off a win at the Scottish Open, Alex Noren pieced together a 1-under-par 34-36=70 to open his week strong at The 145th Open.

The Swede split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 11 greens in regulation. He made things interesting on all of the par 3s; circling a birdie at the fifth, a bogey at the eighth, a birdie at the 14th and bogey at the 17th. Noren did a good job of managing the course today, trading five birdies with four bogeys (and nothing worse). This is his sixth appearance at The Open, with a pair of top 20s on his resume in addition to a WD and two missed cuts.
Jul 14 - 7:21 AM

Alex Noren wrapped up the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open with an impressive 2-under-par 36-34=70 which earned him a 1 shot victory over Tyrell Hatton at Castle Stuart Golf Links on 14-under 274.

The Swede is now 6-for-8 in converting 54-hole sole leads, a record that includes 1 Challenge and 5 European Tour victories. An early birdie on No. 2 helped settle him Sunday, although a bogey on 8 gave the field a shout. But although there were low numbers from players down the field, the leaders were find it harder. Noren sealed the deal on the back nine with 7 pars and birdies at 12 and 15. Having opened the season with a slightly rusty Desert Swing, and then taken time off, he has bounced back: this is his 5th top 12 finish in 8 starts. He built his success from the tee, finding 47 of 56 fairways (and missing 4 of them on Saturday alone). "I'm so happy it's over because it was a tough, tough leaderboard," he said. "A lot of guys at 11, 12, 13 under and it was just not a cruising win at all. It's the biggest win of my career."
Jul 10 - 2:55 PM

Alex Noren birdied 17 and 18 to round off a 4-under-par 35-33=68 and double his one-shot overnight lead after 54 holes of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness.

At 12-under 204, he leads by two strokes from youngsters Tyrrell Hatton and Matteo Manassero while it's a further shot back to Justin Walters and Danny Lee. The Swede traded an early birdie at 2 with a bogey at 7 before finding circles at 9 and 10 to hit double digits under par. A bogey-6 at the 599-yard 12th briefly halted Noren's momentum but he fought back with a birdie at 14 and, after losing his lead earlier in the day, kicked two clear of the pack with closing par breakers at 17 and 18. He split another 10 fairways today to be 34-for-42 in that category overall while the four-time European Tour winner hit 13 greens in regulation and was 3-for-5 in scrambling. "I'm very happy," said Noren. "The last nine was very tough. I've learned that when you lead, it's not certain that you're going to win if you just hold on to it. Anybody, even six or seven under tomorrow, can shoot a brilliant round."
Jul 9 - 2:51 PM

Alex Noren smashed 5 birdies in 7 holes late in the day to take a 1 shot advantage into the weekend in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The Swede chalked up a 6-under-par 35-31=66 which gives him an 8-under total of 136, a shot clear of Danny Lee and Eddie Pepperell, but for most of the afternoon he was nowhere to be seen on the leaderboard. An early birdie at No. 12, having start on the back nine, was joined by 9 pars as he coasted the course, readying himself for a late acceleration. It started with back-to-back red at 2 and 3, and was completed with a hat-trick at 6, 7 and 8, the last two courtesy of superb approach play that left him nothing more than 8'0" for the par breaks. He missed just 2 greens all day and scrambled for par both times. It is his third sole possession of the 36-hole lead on the European Tour and on both previous occasions he converted the win. He was T3 at this course in 2012. "I like this place," he said. "It's a really fun course to play. Anything can happen on the weekend, but I'm looking forward to it."
Jul 8 - 2:08 PM

Alex Noren refused to be bowed by the wind when carding a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the first round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Touring the Castle Stuart Golf Links in the morning the Swede chiseled his score in the better conditions, but even so they were tough. He opened with a birdie-3 on the 1st and then pegged 10 straight pars. He took one step forward with birdie on 12 only to give it back to the course on the very next hole. A final red number on 16 soon followed and he ticked par at 17 and 18 with some relief on a day when those two holes played very tough into the wind. He made 13 greens in regulation and only once failed to save par with his scrambling. Noren missed the cut at the Inverness layout in 2011 and 2013, but was T3 in 2012.
Jul 7 - 2:19 PM

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

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