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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 is one of Europe's hottest players heading to the KLM Open in the Netherlands.
Victory over Scott Hend at the first playoff hole of last week's Omega European Masters in Switzerland made it two wins and a second place from his last five starts. Noren's other success came in the Scottish Open while he also finished runner-up in the Paul Lawrie Match Play. He'll try to continue his sparkling form at The Dutch, a newly-built course being used for the first time on the European Tour. After producing 20-for-21 scrambling stats last week, he comes in with a razor-sharp short game and confidence sky high. Noren also has good memories of previous starts in this event even though he hasn't pegged it up in the KLM Open since 2010. He missed the cut at Hilversumsche that year but previously he'd posted form of 10-12-3 in three starts at Kennemer from 2007-2009. The 34-year-old is now up to a career-high 27th in the OWGR although his hot summer burst came too late to secure a place on Darren Clark's Ryder Cup team. Sep 6 - 4:20 AM

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With a closing 5-under-par 30-35=65 and a birdie-3 at the first playoff hole, Alex Noren landed the Omega European Masters for a second time, securing his second European Tour win of the season and sixth overall.

Noren and Scott Hend had both completed 72 holes at Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps at 17-under 263. But it was the Swede who struck the decisive blow at the first extra hole to capture his second win in five starts. Noren, who made this the scene of his first European Tour win in 2009, opened with a birdie today and then made a surge by connecting four straight from Nos. 6-9. After a dropped shot at 10, he added two more circles at 12 and 14 before a bogey-5 at 17 opened the door again for Hend, Noren closing it again in the playoff. Noren split 7 (of 13) fairways today and hit 14 greens in regulation but, once again, his scrambling was superb. He was 4-for-4 in the final round and an eye-popping 20-for-21 over the week. This was the first time in seven attempts he'd started the final in solo second and come through to win.
Sep 4 - 11:21 AM

Alex Noren closed strongly to post a 4-under-par 33-33=66 third round at the Omega European Masters; his 54-hole total of 12-under 198 leaves him one behind the lead and two clear of the field.

The 2009 champion rode his luck on the final two holes, but is in position to claim a second title of the year after chasing the 54-hole leader Scott Hend hard all day. The Swede's front nine was tidy, with birdies at 4 and 9. He opened the back nine with bogey at 10, but then added red at 14 and 15 before closing out in daredevil style. He holed from 50'0" for birdie on 17 and then saw his approach from a scruffy lie in the rough on the par-four 18th skip over the water hazard and onto the green before two-putting. Soon after he watched the leader fail to save par and so the gap reduced to one. Curiously Noren, who is 5-for-7 converting solo 54-hole leads on the European Tour, is 0-for-6 when solo second. He is 16-for-17 in Scrambling this week.
Sep 3 - 11:10 AM

Alex Noren purred round Crans-sur-Sierre GC in 7-under-par 32-31=63 to hit the clubhouse one shot behind the early Omega European Masters leader Romain Langasque on 8-under 132.

When the Swede claimed this event in 2009 he opened the week with a 65 - and his 63 Friday made it 12 sub-70 rounds on the Crans Montana track in his last 16 tries. Maintain that form and he will be a contender Sunday. It was a flawless display in round two, as he ticked red at 11, 13 and 14 on his first nine, before adding more at 1, 5, 7 and 9 on his return to the clubhouse. He upped his long game, finding 14 greens in regulation as opposed to 11 Thursday, has needed just 54 wipes of the putter through 36 holes and is 11-for-11 in Scrambling. He's seeking a sixth top ten finish of a strong season.
Sep 2 - 7:46 AM

Alex Noren was defeated by the narrowest margin of one hole by Anthony Wall in the final of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Links Golf Club.

The Swede couldn't quite complete the Scottish double - he won last month's Scottish Open - but he might have succeeded in his secondary aim of giving European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke a hefty nudge. This result is his sixth top 12 of the season but more importantly he showed himself to be a fine and fearless match play golfer. In fact he only stopped pouring out the birdies on the back nine in the final. Earlier he had birdied the first and second but Wall was a fierce opponent who refused to crack and his birdie on 11 put him one up. Noren was almost as resolute: his birdie on 16 was equalled, he lipped out for another on 17, but couldn't extend the match with birdie at the last, even when gambling by hitting driver twice in seeking the green.
Aug 7 - 10:09 AM

Alex Noren produced another dominant display to beat James Morrison 3&2 and move into the final of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland.

The duo had sparkled en route to the last four with Noren a combined 25-under during his first four wins at Archerfield Links and Morrison not far behind on 23-under. But it was the Swede who found his stride early with winning birdies at each of the first three holes. Able to control the match from there, Noren rolled in a fourth par breaker at 7 to go 4 up before Morrison rallied by winning three of the next four holes to cut his rivals's lead in half with six to play. But Noren quickly put a stop to any thoughts of a dramatic turnaround by taking the 13th with a birdie and two more pars and another circle at 16 secured his place in the championship match. He'll take on Anthony Wall in Sunday's final after the veteran Englishman beat Oli Fisher at the 22nd hole in Saturday's other last four encounter.
Aug 6 - 11:10 AM

Second seed Alex Noren defeated compatriot Johan Carlsson 4&2 to book his place in the last four of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play and remain on course for a Scottish double.

The Swede won last month's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and is on track to add a sixth European Tour title after having too much firepower for Carlsson in their quarter-final clash at Archerfield Links today. Noren seized control of the match via a stunning birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle burst from Nos. 3-6 which put him 4 up. Carlsson did his best after that and three times cut his opponent's lead to 3 holes thanks to wins at 8, 11 and 14 but Noren was relentless and poured in further birdies at 10, 13 and 16 to shut the door. Next up... a semi-final battle with James Morrison this afternoon. The Englishman secured his spot after seeing off Alejandro Canizares 4&2.
Aug 6 - 6:38 AM

Alex Noren edged out Nacho Elvira 2&1 to book the last quarter-final spot in the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Links in Scotland.

While top seed Chris Wood and third-ranked Matt Fitzpatrick were both eliminated on Friday afternoon, second seed Noren held his nerve to earn a last eight showdown with fellow Swede Johan Carlsson (08:10) on Saturday. The other quarter finals are Maximilian Kieffer v Oliver Fisher (07:50), Anthony Wall v Haydn Porteous (08:00) and Alejandro Canizares v James Morrison (08:20). Noren was 1 down at the turn against Elvira but levelled with a birdie at 11 and closed out his rival with wins at 15 (birdie) and 16 (par). "I love these kind of courses and links golf," said Noren, who won last month's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart. "Match play is tough. I've played three good matches and I just need a lot of rest now because I can feel it in my head, it's been a long day."
Aug 5 - 3:03 PM

Alex Noren hung up a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in Friday's second round at the 98th PGA Championship in New Jersey and is 2-under 138 at the midpoint.

That's just three behind the clubhouse lead of Martin Kaymer. Noren has never managed better than T34 in his seven majors on U.S. soil but arrived at Baltusrol in good heart after winning the Scottish Open earlier this month. Today, he responded to an early bogey at 12 with three circles in his next five holes (13, 14 and 17) but gave one back at the par-5 18th, Baltusrol's easiest hole. The Swede found a groove after that and hit every green in regulation coming home, although his only birdie conversion came at No. 8 from 10 feet.
Jul 29 - 1:39 PM

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

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