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Alex Noren |

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

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Alex Noren did not commit to next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Noren joins Rory McIlroy (ankle) and Chris Kirk (hand) among the eligible taking a pass. The Swede qualified when he won the Nordea Masters in early June, but he hasn't pegged it anywhere since missing the cut at the U.S. Open in what is his only start since the win. Noren also withdrew early from The Open Championship, but details as to why have not surfaced. Jul 31 - 5:38 PM

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Alex Noren has withdrawn from this week's Open Championship due to injury.

The Swede hasn't played since missing the cut at the U.S. Open. He won the Nordea Masters two weeks prior. Noren missed considerable time last year due to tendinitis in both wrists, but the reason behind his decision not to play this week wasn't released. The four-time European Tour winner turns 33 years of age today.
Jul 12 - 12:21 PM

Because they sit inside the top 20 of the Race to Dubai standings at the conclusion of the BMW International Open, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Alex Noren have qualified for The Open Championship.

The top five and ties inside the top 20 of the R2D are exempt into the season's third major, but the other 18 had already gained entry. Aphibarnrat finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in Munich today and sits 13th in the R2D. Noren took the week off, but he's 14th to comfortably qualify. A win at the Nordea Masters nearly a month ago laid the foundation for what will be the Swede's sixth appearance in The Open Championship. In his only other try at St. Andrews, he missed the cut in 2010. Aphibarnrat will be making his third consecutive start in the major; he's 0-for-2.
Jun 28 - 12:31 PM

Alex Noren is 1-for-2 in the U.S. Open and will have another crack in this week's event at Chambers Bay.

Due to wrist trouble, the Swede hasn't teed it up in a major since missing the cut in the 2013 PGA Championship. He's an overall 5-for-10 at this level with his only top 10 coming when T9 at the 2012 Open Championship. Noren was T51 at Congressional on his U.S. Open debut in 2011 but didn't make the weekend at Olympic Club in 2012. The 32-year-old has been rejuvenated in 2015 with a second place in the Dubai Desert Classic in February and a victory in his home Nordea Masters in Sweden two weeks ago. He has an afternoon tee-time in round one and heads out alongside South African George Coetzee and American Kevin Kisner from the 10th tee at 1.55pm PDT.
Source: USOpen.com
Jun 17 - 9:11 AM

Alex Noren showed how to handle a lead, shooting a 1-under-par 36-35=71 to capture the Nordea Masters in his native Sweden for the second time in five years.

After a birdie-bogey start, the local man defied the strong winds at PGA Sweden National's Lakes Course and kept the field at arm's length with a run of 15 straight pars from the third to the 17th. That gave him a three-shot cushion playing the last and Noren iced the cake with a walk-off birdie to finish at 12-under 276 -- four shots clear of nearest rival Soren Kjeldsen. This is his fourth win on the European Tour and first since he captured this same tournament at Bro Hof Slott in 2011. Noren, who started the 2015 season on a medical exemption, split 8 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation but was 5-for-6 in scrambling. "I wasn’t too confident coming into this week because I’ve had a tough time in the wind lately and here you really have to hit the right shots," said Noren, who is now exempt into the WGC-Bridgestone. "I got better as the week went on. I kept my poise and tried to hit the shots we needed, and it worked."
Jun 7 - 11:09 AM

With a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in tough conditions at PGA Sweden National on Saturday, local star Alex Noren assumed top spot in the Nordea Masters.

Noren is leading a home charge which sees six Swedes in the top eight after round three although Germany's Maximilian Kieffer is his nearest challenger two strokes back. Noren's 67 was the low 18 of the day by a shot and puts him at 11-under 205. The 2011 winner of this event stamped his authority on proceedings early with four birdies in the first five holes. Despite a bogey at 9, two more par breakers at 10 and 11 continued the forward push and, after a dropped shot at the tough 15th, a walk-off birdie at 18 would ensure a little daylight after the final few groups on the course struggled coming in. He had a massive 11-shot cushion after 54 holes when winning this event at Bro Hof Slott four years ago so this is likely to be a very different challenge to that Sunday victory parade.
Jun 6 - 1:29 PM

Alex Noren toured Wentworth in 5-under-par 34-33=67 and is five behind leader Francesco Molinari going into the weekend at the BMW PGA Championship.

Friday's round, which took him to 5-under at the midpoint, matched his best score in the European Tour's flagship event. That came back in 2008 when he finished T6 and the Swede will now have eyes on a first top five finish after a significant rise up the leaderboard today. He circled three birdies against two bogeys on the front nine and added further par breakers at 11, 12, 17 and 18. Noren kept the bogeys away by going 5-for-6 in scrambling but he'll need to drive it straighter off the tee over the next two days after splitting just 15 (of 28) fairways so far.
May 22 - 9:42 AM

Alex Noren will look to rediscover his strong early-season form at this week's inaugural Shenzhen International.

The fit-again Swede posted a T9 in the Qatar Masters, a second place in the Dubai Desert Classic and a T11 in the True Thailand Classic before cooling a little. His last start was a T56 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. This is Noren's first start in China since 2013 after he missed all three of the European Tour events staged there in 2014 due to wrist trouble. It's been a profitable part of the world for him in the past and he's banked three top eight finishes in his last eight starts in China.
Apr 14 - 5:10 AM

Alex Noren shot the low round of the morning on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s West Course to move into contention at the Joburg Open.

The Swede's 8-under-par 32-31=63 atoned for his modest 1-under 71 on the tougher East layout and has catapulted him over 90 places up the leaderboard. His 9-under 134 total is currently good enough for T6 and just two behind halfway clubhouse leaders Simon Dyson, Garth Mulroy and Tjaart Van Der Walt. Even if the afternoon wave continue to go low, pre-tournament favorite Noren is still in position for a weekend challenge. He'll have to sharpen up his act on the par 72 East, however, as both weekend rounds are played there.
Feb 27 - 6:31 AM

Dubai Desert Classic runner-up Alex Noren toured Black Mountain in 5-under-par 34-33=67 to take a prominent position after day one of the True Thailand Classic.

The Swede was listed as the betting favorite ahead of the event after his second place to Rory McIlroy in Dubai and T9 in Qatar. He also had course form via a T8 in the 2010 Black Mountain Masters. Noren met expectations with a bogey-free 18 holes on Thursday. His start was steady but after six straight pars he made a move with birdies at 16 and 18. Splitting just 6 (of 14) fairways didn't hurt him as the 32-year-old was able to find 15 greens in regulation and add three more par breakers on his second nine to post a 67 and sit just three off the early clubhouse lead.
Feb 12 - 5:01 AM

Alex Noren will be worth keeping a close eye on when he travels to Asia to contest the inaugural True Thailand Classic at Black Mountain.

The Swede is coming off a second place to Rory McIlroy in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic -- his first worldwide top five for two years having teed it up just twice in 2014 due to wrist trouble. It followed a T9 in the Qatar Masters. Noren planned to take part in last week's Malaysian Masters but skipped it after a rethink. It's no surprise to see him travel to Thailand though as he contested the 2010 Black Mountain Masters on this week's course and finished T8. On a wider scale, he's something of a specialist in this part of the world and has racked up six top 10s in his last eight Asian Tour starts.
Feb 9 - 4:33 PM

Alex Noren secured his first worldwide top five for over two years by finishing runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Swede closed with a 7-under-par 32-33=65 at the Emirates course to post 19-under 269. That was three shots behind winner McIlroy but also three in front of third-placed Stephen Gallacher. This continues a heartening return to form for the 32-year-old, who played just two events in 2014 due to tendonitis in his wrists. He began his climb back up the world rankings with a T9 in Qatar last week. Noren set the tone for a scintillating final round with birdies at one, three, four and six. He bogeyed nine but wiped that out with a birdie at 10 and circled par breakers at 15, 17 and 18 to finish alone in second. Noren took just 24 putts in his final round and was 13-for-15 for scrambling over the week. The top 10 finish here gets him into next week's Maybank Malaysian Open and the three-time European Tour winner confirmed later that he'd be making the trip.
Feb 1 - 8:04 AM

Fit-again Alex Noren recorded his first top 10 since June 2013 by carding a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

His low 18 of the week featured birdies at one, five, 10, 14 and 18 and an eagle two at the par-4 16th hole. It lifted him to solo ninth spot on 13-under 275 and marked an important step on the Swede's bid to get back into the world's top 50. Noren started this week ranked world No. 654 after playing just two events in 2014 due to tendonitis in both wrists. Last week's T37 in Abu Dhabi and a top 10 here has him pointing in the right direction again although there is much work ahead to reach his peak ranking of 48 in October 2012. Noren hit 14 greens in regulation in his closing 55 and was 4-for-4 in scrambling.
Jan 24 - 10:38 AM

The signs look good again for Alex Noren after he continued his comeback from injury with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the Commerical Bank Qatar Masters.

The Swede played just two events in 2014 after suffering tendonitis in both wrists so has a medical extension for 2015. He made his return with a T37 in Abu Dhabi last week and continued his good work with a bogey-free 67 in Doha on Wednesday. Noren is a three-time European Tour winner and was T4 on his last appearance in this event in 2013. Today, he was out in 33 after birdies at the first, seventh and eighth and made it three in four holes with another at 10. Noren added one last par breaker at 16 to finish two behind first-round leader Oliver Fisher.
Jan 21 - 8:43 AM

Alex Noren carded a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his opening round of the Open de España.

Not too shabby for his first meaningful round of golf since having surgery on his left wrist last fall. Noren split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona on Thursday. He opened with a birdie-3 at the 10th hole and added four more plus an eagle-3 at No. 15. Four bogeys and a double helped neutralize the good work he submitted. The Swede has little cachet in formats that don't include the European Tour.
Thu, May 15, 2014 10:36:00 PM