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Alex Noren

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

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Defending champion Alex Noren couldn't repeat his final-round heroics from 2017 but a strong Sunday 5-under-par 32-35=67 secured the Swede a share of third spot on 14-under 274 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, three behind winner Francesco Molinari.
Noren shot 62 to come from seven behind and beat Molinari by two shots 12 months ago and the same score would have produced the identical result. That was always a fanciful notion but the Swede has still enjoyed another excellent week at Wentworth and saved his lowest round until last after opening 69-68-70. Noren signed for red circles at 3, 4 and 7 on his opening nine today and further birdies at 10 and 12 gave him hope of pulling off another miracle. However, he went a little flat coming home and made a bogey at 13 followed by four pars before a closing birdie at 18. This T3 follows on from his T17 at Sawgrass (R4 66) so Noren looks to be peaking again after missed cuts at Augusta National and Quail Hollow. May 27 - 11:24 AM

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Defending champion Alex Noren labored to a third round 2-under-par 35-35=70 to hit the 54-hole mark of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England T3 on 9-under 207, four shots back of leaders Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari.

For 11 holes the Swede was resilient in the wind, making bogey at the third, birdie at the fourth and nine pars. Then he dipped, swerved and carooned towards the clubhouse. He made three birdies on the bounce at 12, 13 and 14, bogey followed at the 15th, double bogey at the 16th, and then he closed with a pair of birdies. In theory his chances of winning are much better than last year. He's T3 rather than T21 and he's got the same man to chase - Molinari. Another possibility is that he ticks off a fourth Wentworth top ten and also fourth top ten of 2018.
May 26 - 12:34 PM

Defending champion Alex Noren pieced together a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round two of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England, finishing his early lap of the West Course in tied second place after posting 7-under 137 thru' 36 holes.

That's a full five shots behind runaway leader Rory McIlroy. Noren, who played with the Northern Irishman again today, had to witness a barrage of birdies from his playing partner. However, the Swede kept cool and quietly picked up shots at 4, 9, 12 and 18 to keep alive his hopes of winning this event for the second year running. Noren was seven back heading into the final round last year so, even though McIlroy is sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard, he'll still be confident that he can reel in Rory with 36 holes still to play.
May 25 - 8:22 AM

Alex Noren will defend his BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England this week.

The brilliant 62 the Swede blasted in last year's final round not only blew the field away (he was T21 and seven swings back after 54 holes) it also smashed his previous best score on the West Course by five. Nor had he played only a few rounds; he'd made 36 circuits before then. He's a consistent 8-for-11 on the track and last year was the third in a row he has featured in the top ten at some point during the week. He makes his European Tour debut this season (WGC and majors excepted) having impressed on the PGA. In fact this calendar year he boasts seven finishes of T21 or better and shot 66-69-77-66 last time out in THE PLAYERS to bounce back from missed cuts in the Masters and Wells Fargo Championship.
May 22 - 5:55 AM

Overnight co-leader Alex Noren steadied a 3-under-par 36-33=69 during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship, reaching 9-under 135 at halftime, good for a share of fifth place.

The Swede put on a stripe show today but the putter did not cooperate for most of the round. Noren split 11 (of 14) fairways en route to 13 greens in regulation. However, he missed six putts from inside nine feet. That included a three-putt that started from just 7'8" and resulted in a double bogey at the par-4 fourth hole. On the PGA TOUR circuit this will be the fifth time that Noren has posted at T5 or better thru 36 holes. The most recent came at this year's Farmers Insurance Open which resulted in a playoff loss by week's end. It seems that it's only a matter of time before the Swede gets his first TOUR title.
May 11 - 7:39 PM

Alex Noren bombarded TPC Sawgrass with birdies in round one of THE PLAYERS Championship, coasting to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-=32=66 to share the early lead alongside Webb Simpson and Dustin Johnson.

The part-time Florida resident entered on the heels of back-to-back missed cuts at the Masters and Wells Fargo Championship. He looks to be back on track after a six-birdie effort today where he gained 1.896 strokes approaching-the-green. Noren also gained nearly three strokes with the putter, despite his longest putt coming from 9'1" for birdie at the 12th. It's been love at first sight for the Swede and TPC Sawgrass. During last year's debut he opened with a 4-under 68 to find himself in a share of third place. He settled for a T10 by week's end and now he's right back in the mix this week here in Ponte Vedra Beach.
May 10 - 2:07 PM

Alex Noren remains stateside as he turns his attention toward Quail Hollow Club for this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

When the Swede accepted PGA TOUR membership there was still the question of his schedule. He's proven early in the season that he's fully committed to keeping his PGA TOUR status. This week will already be his 10th start of the season. Gamers shouldn't get too used to this as Noren will likely head back to the Euro Tour after THE PLAYERS to play in some of the big Rolex Series events. Wherever he pegs it, he continues to be a force to reckon with, posting 11 podium finishes worldwide since the start of 2015 (71 starts). Noren's only appearance at Quail Hollow Club came at last year's PGA Championship where he finished T67.
May 1 - 1:27 PM

Alex Noren made a chastening Masters debut 12 months ago, he returns this week hoping for better returns from the challenge of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

The Swede has made 18 major championships appearances and has just the two top ten finishes, both in the Open. In American majors his best in 11 starts is T34 in the 2011 PGA Championship and his only Masters appearance (last year) led to a missed cut after rounds of 74 and 78. His WGC Stroke Play record is little better: 13 starts without a top ten finish. Only in last year's Dell Match Play (quarter finalist) and this year's (third) did he show the world how good he can be. But that frailty in the big events is a concern, as is a pronounced left-to-right shot shape. The positive is his 2018 PGA Tour form: seven events, six results of T21 or better.
Apr 3 - 5:21 AM

13-seed Alex Noren took down 2-seed Justin Thomas 5-and-3 in the Consolation Match of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to claim 3rd place with a 6-1-0 record and his second top 10 in 17 WGC events. UPDATE: Noren bumps three spots to 14th in OWGR.

The first-time member though not a rookie improved his overall Dell Match Play record to 11-4-0 and bags his third top 10 of the season in eight starts, all three top 3s (P2, Farmers; 3rd, Honda). This was his fourth Dell Match Play, second at Austin CC, and betters a T5 last year where he lost to eventual champ Dustin Johnson in the quarters. The Oklahoma State alum's only loss this week came in the semis to eventual runner-up Kevin Kisner (19 holes). He was all square with Thomas thru three holes, winning the first (concession) and losing the third to birdie. The 35-year-old went back to 1 UP with birdie-3 at 4 (from 14'10") and would not relinquish the lead from there. He went 2 UP with birdie-3 at 5 and 3 UP with a par win at 11. The Swede won the par-4 13th (par) and the match would end two holes later with a hole concession at 15.
Mar 25 - 6:28 PM

13-seed Alex Noren bettered 46-seed Cameron Smith 4-and-2 in the Quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and advances to the Semifinals on Sunday morning where he'll square off against 32-seed Kevin Kisner (4-0-1).

The Oklahoma State alum improves to 5-0-0 while first-timer Smith exits with a 3-1-1 record for T5. It's Smith's fourth top 10 of the season in 10 starts and third top 5. Noren, who lost in the quarters last year to eventual champ Dustin Johnson, is a nine-time winner on the Euro Tour in 247 career events, most recently at the 2017 BMW PGA. His best in 41 starts on the PGA TOUR is P2 at the Farmers back in January. The 35-year-old, whose U.S. base is in Jupiter, Florida, never trailed against Jacksonville resident and Aussie Smith. He won the first with birdie-3 (from 24'5"), went 2 UP with birdie-3 at 5, and 3 UP with birdie-4 at 6. Smith clawed back to 1 DOWN with par wins at 7 and 8, but that's as close as he would get. The Swede won 11 (par) and 13 with birdie, now 3 UP, and the match would end with a hole concession at 16.
Mar 24 - 6:12 PM

13-seed Alex Noren eliminated 19-seed Patrick Reed 5-and-3 in Round of 16 action at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and advances to the Quarterfinals against 46-seed Cameron Smith.

The 35-year-old advances to Saturday afternoon for a second straight year, losing in last year's quarters to eventual champ Dustin Johnson. He improves to 4-0-0 while Reed, the Group 4 winner departs with a 3-1-0 record. Other than yesterday's Round 3 1 UP win against Tony Finau, the Swede has made relatively quick work of his other opponents. It was no different today, though he did have to rally from a 1 DOWN deficit thru three holes. Noren's birdie-2 at 4 (from 25'5") leveled the match, went 1 UP with birdie-3 at 5 and never looked back. He won 8 and 9 with pars, now 3 UP, went 4 UP with birdie-2 at 11, and knocked out the Texan with birdie-3 at 15.
Mar 24 - 1:01 PM

Clutch Alex Noren withstood a bold bid from Tony Finau to complete a 3-0-0 record in Group 13 and progress to the knockout stages of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.

The Swede had been imperious in sweeping aside Thomas Pieters and Kevin Na earlier in the week, but he found professional match play rookie Finau a different kettle of fish. The two were locked until the sixth and a winning Noren birdie-4, then Finau erred with a losing bogey-5 at No. 8. But on the back nine the American hit his straps, reeling off three straight winning birdies from the tenth to assume a 1-up lead. Down for the first time in the week, Noren was now resolute. His par-4 at 14 drew the match level and then he struck. From 6'0" at 17 for a winning birdie and then from 14'0" at 18 for a match-clinching par at 18. It remains the case that he has only ever lost matches in individual competitions to players who have won match play events. He plays Patrick Reed in a standout clash of Saturday morning's round of 16.
Mar 23 - 6:26 PM

World No. 17 Alex Noren tore through Austin Country Club en route to a 5-and-4 victory over Thomas Pieters in round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, exiting the course with a 2-0-0 record on the week and also eliminating Pieters chances to advance out of Group 13.

Noren won his opening match against Kevin Na after piecing together five birdies over 16 holes. He got right back on the birdie train today, circling seven more birdies over 14 holes. Overall, he's posted a birdie-or-better percentage of 40. The Swede wasn't giving an inch today, also saving par from 21'4" at the par-4 third hole and then saving par from just inside nine feet at the eighth. Pieters was actually two under on his round and didn't record a single bogey himself. This was just a matter of running into a Swedish buzzsaw. Noren improves to 6-3-0 in this event and he'll now turn his attention toward Tony Finau on Friday. Finau is also 2-0-0, making that the deciding match out of Group 13. Kevin Na and Thomas Pieters are both eliminated but they will still battle it out tomorrow.
Mar 22 - 2:28 PM

Alex Noren took care of business on day one of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, clipping Kevin Na 4-and-2 in their opening match.

The Swede entered with one of the stronger match play resumes and he's living up to the reputation on day one. The duo traded a pair of birdies at the par-3 fourth (Na's coming from 22'11" while Noren's was inside 8 feet). Noren followed it up with two more instant birdies but found the match AS at the turn. Na gifted Noren with a pair of bogeys, first at the par-5 12th and then again just two holes later. The Swede then went for the knockout with an 11'1" birdie splash at the par-4 15th. Noren ended the day with five birdies in his quiver and was lining up an 11'4" attempt when Na conceded at the 16th. Next up for Noren is a R2 match against (possible) Ryder Cup teammate Thomas Pieters.
Mar 21 - 3:43 PM

Alex Noren has good memories of Austin Country Club after reaching the last eight of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in 2017 and he'll head back having become an established performer on American soil this year.

The Swede was 8th seed last year due to a string of wins in Europe but that looked high given his lack of experience of big tournaments in the United States. However, he justified it fully, reaching the quarter-finals with wins over Thongchai Jaidee, Bernd Wiesberger, Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka before falling to top seed and eventual winner Dustin Johnson. He'll have more eyes on him this time after some excellent displays on the PGA Tour in 2018, highlighted by a play-off loss at Torrey Pines and tied third at the Honda Classic. On paper, he looks to have a tougher group. Seeded 13th, Noren takes on big-hitters Tony Finau (29) and Thomas Pieters (39) along with 2017 group winner Kevin Na. He'll open up against Na at 10:58 local time Wednesday.
Mar 20 - 7:48 AM