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Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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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

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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

Alex Noren sits at 35th in the Race to Dubai going into this week's final event, the DP World Tour Championship.

While some will be pleased to reach the finishing line, the Swede probably wishes the season was still going after he was sidelined in June by a stress fracture in his lower chest. Noren made his return with a T66 at the opening event of the Final Series, the Turkish Airlines Open, and has slowly played himself back to tournament sharpness with T54 at the WGC-HSBC Champions and T46 in last week's BMW Masters where he closed 70-68. This is his first start at the Earth course since a T39 in 2012 but he did show a liking for the par 72 when sixth on debut in 2009.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 04:47:00 AM

Alex Noren returned to competition with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in his opening round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Back at it after sitting out four months with a stress fracture in his lower chest, the Swede exchanged three birdies with two bogeys on both nines at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal today and sits T28 in the 78-man field. For all intents and purposes, it's as good as he could have wanted after a frustrating sabbatical during the core of the season. He's 28th in the Race to Dubai standings, which is actually up one slot due to Brooks Koepka forfeiting his membership.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Alex Noren has verbally committed to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open on Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

While he's withdrawn early from several commitments in recent weeks, the event in Turkey kicks off The Final Series of the Race to Dubai, so it would make sense that he'll wait as long as possible to attempt to give it a go. Noren has not competed since the U.S. Open due to a stress fracture in his lower chest. He's currently 29th in the R2D standings.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 10:50:00 PM

Alex Noren has been removed from the published field of next week's Portugal Masters.

We've been checking in on the Swede ever since he's been sidelined with a stress fracture in his lower chest suffered in June. He's appeared early in several tournaments, but has withdrawn early every time. Now 27th in the Race to Dubai standings, Noren will easily qualify for the Turkish Airlines Open (on Oct. 29-Nov. 1), which begins The Final Series. The only question remains whether he'll be fit to compete.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 02:56:00 AM

Alex Noren has withdrawn from next week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and will now shift his focus for a hopeful return at the Portugal Masters on Oct. 15-18.

The Swede had also appeared briefly in the preliminary field of the British Masters in two weeks, but was then scratched. He's remained sidelined with a stress fracture in his lower chest suffered the week he missed the cut at the U.S. Open. Noren is currently 25th in the Race to Dubai standings, so he's earned the opportunity to recover and heal.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 07:13:00 PM

Alex Noren has been removed from the published field of next week's Porsche European Open.

Instead, Noren is currently in the preliminary field of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 1-4, but continue to hold your breath if you're still invested in some fashion. The Swede has withdrawn early from his last two commitments this month. He's remain sidelined since suffering a stress fracture in his lower chest the week of the U.S. Open.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 11:11:00 AM

Alex Noren is included in the preliminary field of the Porsche European Open on Sept. 24-27.

The Swede has been sidelined since the U.S. Open with a stress fracture in his lower chest. He had circled this week's KLM Open to get back inside the ropes, but elected otherwise. Noren is 25th in the Race to Dubai standings.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 08:52:00 PM

Alex Noren has removed himself from consideration to compete in the KLM Open on Sept. 10-13.

It's been three weeks since we relayed that he's dealing with a stress fracture in his upper body. He had circled the KLM as a hopeful return site, but that has gone by the boards, at least for now. We'll keep you updated as usual.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 06:14:00 PM

In an update at Golf.se, it was reported that an injury that Alex Noren suffered during the week of the U.S. Open has prevented him from competing since.

Loose translating from Swedish, Noren has a stress fracture in his upper body, presumably in a rib. So, this refutes the thought that tendinitis in one or both of his wrists had returned. The 33-year-old hopes to be back inside the ropes at the KLM Open on Sept. 10-13. Given that he's 19th in the Race to Dubai standings and missing the big U.S.-based events in Ohio and Wisconsin, we'll add him to our Injury Report.
Source: Golf.se
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 01:39:00 AM

Alex Noren was not among the special exemptions into next week's PGA Championship.

At 73rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, the Swede would have received a berth into the major, but he'll remain sidelined with a mysterious malady. Noren had already turned away a tee time at Firestone Country Club's South Course for this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. His timetable for a return to competition remains unknown.
Source: PGA.com
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 03:00:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 05:38:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 12:21:00 PM