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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 continued his sensational 2016 form in claiming the British Masters at The Grove after a final round 2-under-par 34-35=69 saw him squeeze home on 18-under 266 after late pressure from Bernd Wiesberger.
The Swede is projected to move into the world's top 20 with this third win of the season, following the Scottish Open in July and European Masters in August. At one stage it looked like it would be a stroll in the park after he opened with back-to-back birdies from 15'0" at 1 and 10'0" at 2 to build a four-shot lead. But a bogey at 8, which coincided with a birdie by playing partner Richard Bland, saw the lead halved in seconds. Another bogey at 11 left him hanging onto a one shot lead. When Bernd Wiesberger birdied 15 Noren had been caught but he responded in style with birdie-4s at 15 and 18, the latter coming from a superb 60-yard pitch to 3 feet. The victory is his 7th on the European Tour in 222 starts. "I do believe in myself," he said afterwards, "but the biggest thing I have learned is that you don't have to pay the perfect game. You just need a few things to be strong to get a win, not all of it." Oct 16 - 12:40 PM

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Alex Noren blitzed The Grove for a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in Saturday's third round at the British Masters in England and, at 16-under 197, leads by three shots with 18 holes to play.

One behind Richard Bland at start of play, Noren kicked clear of the pack with an afternoon lap that featured six birdies and 12 pars. It included three par breakers in his final four holes, the Swede putting an exclamation mark on his round by holing a monster putt at 18. This second straight 65 took him three clear of local man Bland and four in front of Peter Hanson, Bernd Wiesberger, Richard Sterne and Tommy Fleetwood. Noren, one of the European Tour's in-form players with two wins in his last seven starts, circled red at 2 and 6 on a relatively calm front nine and then added four on the back at 10, 15, 17 and 18. "I know from experience that it's not that easy to hold leads. Anybody can come from behind and shoot eight under. You never know," said Noren. "I'm just trying to work on the things I work on with my coach and with my caddie and if I manage to pull it off, I do, but otherwise, you know, you go on."
Oct 15 - 12:17 PM

Alex Noren thrashed The Grove for a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in round two of the British Masters in England and set the early clubhouse lead of 10-under 132 alongside Andrew Johnston.

And yet, the in-form Swede walked off the course with mixed emotions after signing for a double bogey-6 on his final hole, the 9th. Before that he'd gone on a birdie blitz, splashing red at 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 1, 5 and 8. When his 25-footer dropped for a birdie-3 at the 453-yard par-4 8th, Noren was three clear at the top of the leaderboard but there was to be a sting in the tail and that double combined with a birdie from playing partner Johnston meant the two men were tied. This is a continuation of his superb form over the last few months which has resulted in two wins and a second place in his last seven starts.
Oct 14 - 8:20 AM

Alex Noren completed a rollercoaster lap of The Grove to post 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the first round of the British Masters.

The Swede had enjoyed a serene passage through the opening 14 holes, pegging 11 pars and three birdies at 2, 9 and 10. But a double bogey-6 at the par-five 15th briefly derailed his effort. No matter, he responded with a birdie-2 at 16 only to drop another shot at the par-four 17th. Again he responded in style, this time draining a 45'0" eagle putt on the 567-yard par-five final hole. He has now broken 70 9 times in his last 13 strokeplay rounds of golf and heads into the second round one shot back of the four co-leaders.
Oct 13 - 1:07 PM

Alex Noren bogeyed the final two holes in a mixed bag 1-under-par 35-36=71 in round two of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship but at 9-under 135 is just two strokes behind halfway leader Ross Fisher with 36 holes to play.

The Swede was flawless in an opening 65 at Carnoustie on Thursday but swallowed three bogeys and a double bogey-6 at Kingsbarns today. The double came at 5 although he immediately wiped it out with a bounceback eagle at 6. Noren also posted three birdies in four holes (13, 14 and 16) on the back nine but they were sandwiched between bogeys at 11 and 17 and he dropped another at the last. Still, he's in position to enjoy another big weekend in Scotland having already posted a win and a second there this season. The 34-year-old now heads to St. Andrews to play his final two rounds.
Oct 7 - 11:21 AM

Alex Noren's incredible run of form in Scotland continued with an 8-under-par 33-31=64 in round one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, good enough for a three-shot lead after the opening day.

The Swede won the Scottish Open in July and returned there to finish runner-up at the Paul Lawrie Match Play in August. Today, he posted his 64 at Carnoustie, the most difficult of the three courses used on the rotation this week, and that matched the course record. Noren set the tone with an opening birdie at 10 and added further red at 12 and 14. He posted another birdie at 1 and then finished with a flourish by making four more in the final five holes, his last two gains coming from 15ft and 12ft. "It was tough conditions but probably one of the best rounds I've played, so I'm very happy right now," he said later. The 34-year-old, who made the top three in this event in 2012, continues his title bid at Kingsbarns on Friday and, providing he makes the cut, finishes with two rounds over the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Oct 6 - 9:37 AM

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

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