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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 Nedbank Golf Challenge champion Alex Noren approached the weekend in style when completing a second round of level-par 37-35=72 to hit the halfway mark on 3-under 141, four back of leader Victor Dubuisson when he signed his card in a tie for fifth.
For a second consecutive day the Swede made a bright start with birdie at the par-5 second hole, but this time he immediately took two steps backwards with double bogey-6 at the third. He consolidated with six pars to follow before starting his back nine in similar vein to his front: with a pre-weekend par-5 double. This time he made eagle-3 at the 10th for a second time, but yet again he was profligate, making bogey at 12 and 14. However, after the long delay for bad weather, he returned to play the final hole and smashed a sensational approach from the second cut to kick-in range. "Joke," tweeted fellow competitor Matt Wallace in deference to the quality of the shot. Nov 10 - 11:23 AM

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Playing in the final group of the day, last year's winner Alex Noren pieced together a 3-under-par 35-34=69 on day one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, good enough for T6 on the leaderboard and just two back from pacesetter Bernd Wiesberger.

Noren also opened up with a 69 when scoring a six-shot win here last year and there were echoes of his 2016 success today, particularly when he chipped in for eagle-3 at No. 10. That added to a birdie at the second hole and he made another par breaker at 12 to move into a tie for the lead. In good position to beat the clubhouse target of 4-under, the Swede couldn't make further progress though and swallowed his only bogey of the day after finding sand at 17. With Wiesberger setting the new lead of 5-under, Noren had a chance to close the gap with a 12-footer at 18 but missed and ended the day two off the pace. Last year he followed his opening 69 with 67-75-63.
Nov 9 - 9:07 AM

Alex Noren will look to do a Tyrrell Hatton and protect his trophy, when he tees it up in the Nedbank Golf Challenge title at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa this week.

As course debuts go last year's wasn't too bad. Opening laps of 69-67 earned him the lead, but a troubled Saturday saw him post 75. No matter. Range work before nightfall and putting on the carpet in the hotel turned it around; a final tour of 63 cliched the win. He topped the Greens in Regulation stats, was fourth in Total Putting and fourth for All-Round. Good job. Victory in the BMW PGA Championship followed, do did getting into contention on the PGA TOUR in May, his best WGC too, and T6 in The Open. However since then, with the exception of T6 in the European Masters he'll be frustrated. He missed the cut defending the British Masters, was T38 in Italian Open and T31 in the WGC HSBC Champions. Not bad, but not quite top gear.
Nov 7 - 11:39 AM

For the second time this season, Alex Noren will defend one of his 2016 titles at a different venue when he goes in search of another victory in the British Masters.

The Swede won this event at The Grove in the south of England last year; this time he heads to the north as the tournament takes place at Close House in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for the first time. Earlier this year Noren missed the cut at Dundonald Links in defense of his Scottish Open title having won the trophy 12 months earlier at Castle Stuart. That's not much evidence to go on but it certainly makes his task harder as he tries to follow up on a different track. The good news is that he seems to enjoy playing on a variety of courses in England. His last three visits show that win at The Grove, victory in this year's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and T6 in The Open at Royal Birkdale. He arrives on the back of T6 at the European Masters in Crans where he was defending another of his four 2016 titles. World No. 14 Noren sits fifth on the Race to Dubai.
Sep 27 - 9:59 AM

Two-time Omega European Masters champion Alex Noren will chase the hat-trick this week high in the Alpine splendour of Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Switzerland.

In one sense the Swede’s first win in the mountains came right out of the blue in 2009, after previous results of T66-MC, but on that debut he had ranked second for Putting Average so there was a clue of sorts. He missed the weekend again when defending in 2010, before recording T9-T27 the following two seasons. After a break of four years he returned last summer and prowled through the field all week, posting 69-63-66-65 to finish three clear alongside Scott Hend, then claiming the spoils in a play-off. In the five times he has made the cut he has ranked top five for Putting Average four times and when he didn’t (last year) he was sensational in Scrambling (first with 95.2%). Had a summer break since T67 in the PGA Championship, before which he contended both The Open and Bridgestone Invitational.
Sep 5 - 6:37 AM

Alex Noren blitzed the back nine at Firestone Country Club to record a 2-under-par 37-31=68, climbing inside the top 10 on the leaderboard with a 36-hole total of 3-under 137.

The Swede missed on his first three reasonable birdie looks (all from 8-to-13 feet) while swallowing a pair of early bogeys. After the turn, Noren caught fire with the flat stick, converting four back-nine birdies, all on putts from outside 12 feet. The longest was from 33'4" at the par-4 13th. By day's end, the Swede was gaining 2.762 strokes putting over the field. He currently ranks 2nd in the field in that department this week. Noren has never finished better than T53 here at Firestone Country Club but this is also his first start in Akron, Ohio, since 2011.
Aug 4 - 7:28 PM

World No. 9 Alex Noren twirled a 3-under-par 31-36=67 during round four of The 146th Open, jumping inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard with a final score of 4-under 276.

The Swede nrealy played as steady as possible this week, carding just five bogeys for the entire week. Unfortunately, birdies weren't that easy to come by, either, as he circled nine for the week, four of them coming today. Today's round matches his career best in a major championship (R2, 2011 U.S. Open; R1, 2012 PGA Championship). This will also very likely end up as his second career top 10 in a major (T9, 2012 Open Championship). Noren won't be holding the Claret Jug this year, but there is a lot of good to takeaway from his time at Royal Birkdale.
Jul 23 - 12:36 PM

World No. 9 Alex Noren breezed through Royal Birkdale with a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of The 146th Open, staking out an early spot inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.

The Swede has won six times worldwide since the start of 2015, but he arrived with missed cuts in the first two majors of the season. Overall, his success hasn't translated Stateside but he does have a T19 (at Royal Birkdale) and T9 on his Open Championship resume. Those are the only two top 30s on his major championship CV (16 starts). Noren is off and running again at The Open, trading three birdies with a lone bogey today. His play was setup by great approach play today, landing 12 greens in regulation which is eclipsed by very few golfers as they take on a tough Royal Birkdale layout. If the Swede can maintain that pace with his irons, he will be sticking around near the top of the leaderboard, all week.
Jul 20 - 8:26 AM

Alex Noren returns to the scene of his Open Championship debut when he tees it up in this year’s renewal at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport.

Famously the winner of five titles since July last year and consequently a new entry into the world’s top ten this season, but the Swede has notably struggled in the majors. But surely if he is end that trend it has to happen this week? Why such a thought? Well, he has just two top 20 finishes in 16 major championship starts. The best of those was when T9 in this tournament in 2012, but equally of note is the fact that he was T19 on debut at Royal Birkdale in 2008. Moreover he was T4 at halfway and T5 after 54 holes, before drifting back on the final day. It is a week when he learned to play low links shots and has lived on in his memory – can he ride the wave of fond recollection? He shot 70-76 to miss the cut in the Scottish Open, but he was T10 at Portstewart in the Irish Open. Has to be considered.
Jul 18 - 5:31 AM

Alex Noren will be looking to improve on his major championship record when he tees it up in the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course this week.

This is a big week for the Swede. Twelve months ago he missed the cut at Oakmont and was ranked 108th in the world; he arrives this week having made a jump of exactly 100 spots thanks to a run of 15 top 25 finishes in 24 starts, including five wins. The most significant of those was the latest, when he thrashed a superb 62 to triumph at Wentworth. That’s all fine and dandy, but a concern would be the rare poor finishes. Only six times in that period did he finish outside the top 40 yet five were in three majors, the WGC Mexico Championship and the AP Invitational. It’s a reminder that he’s struggled to transfer Euro Tour form elsewhere (one top ten in 25 major & WGC strokeplay starts). If that’s the bad news, the good news is that in recent weeks his play Stateside has begun to show signs of improvement: QF at the WGC World Match Play, T2 after 54 holes in the Wells Fargo Championship, T10 at THE PLAYERS; the upward curve may not have have peaked yet.
Jun 13 - 6:25 AM

The hottest golfer on the European Tour, Alex Noren, heads home for a celebration of all things Swedish golf during the Nordea Masters at Barseback G&CC.

Now ranked eighth in the world after claiming five wins in his last 22 starts, Noren’s final round 62 to clinch the BMW PGA Championship was nothing less than stunning. To put it into context, he was the first player to emerge from outside the top 20 at the 54-hole stage to win on the European Tour since 2006. He’s well capable of maintaining the form this week and, unlike Henrik Stenson, he has claimed this tournament – twice as it happens, in 2011 and 2015. Those wins came at PGA National Sweden and Bro Hof Slott; his record at Barseback is less impressive and will be the key negative to overcome this week. He shot 81-79 to miss the cut on tournament debut in 2003, failed to break 70 when T52 in 2006, then carded 71-80 to take the weekend off in 2009.
May 30 - 7:34 AM

Alex Noren torched the West Course at Wentworth with a course record final round of 10-under-par 31-31=62 to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots from Francesco Molinari on 11-under 277.

On a day that saw birdies fired right across the Wentworth estate the Swede was in sensational form. He opened with back-to-back red at 1 and 2 before adding another two on the front nine at 4 and 7. A hat-trick of par breakers at 12, 13 and then, from 16’0", 14 brought him smack into contention, another at 16 put him in a four-way tie for the lead and then he hit a wonderful approach to the par-5 18th hole to 4’0" and drained the eagle putt. Shortly after he finished rain started, making life more difficult for those chasing his score, principally Henrik Stenson, Shane Lowry, Andrew Dodt and Branden Grace on 9-under. Each and every one of them struggled thereafter making Noren the first ET winner from outside the top 20 with 18 holes to play since Nathan Green in the 2006 NZ Open.
May 28 - 12:12 PM

Alex Noren crafted a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to end the first round of the BMW PGA Championship T5, two shots behind his compatriot Johan Carlsson.

The lap is the best the Swede has managed on Thursday at the European Tour's flagship tournament, bettering the 69s he carded in 2009, 2010 and 2016. He smoothed his way to the turn, ticking birdies at 3, 5 and 6. The back nine began with a bogey-birdie-bogey run at 10, 11 and 12 before he closed the scoring down with a birdie-3 at the 491-yard par-4 15th. On his 11th appearance he is chasing his first top five finish.
May 25 - 3:10 PM

Making his tourney debut, World No. 13 Alex Noren backed up with a 1-over-par 38-35=73 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to finish up on 4-under 284, down three spots to T10 with play winding down. UPDATE: With play completed, Noren finished in 10th-place and was the top debutant (of 18).

After opening in 68-71-72, the 34-year-old began in a three-way T7 on 5-under, four adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley. He conjured seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.530 strokes tee-to-green, the current leader in the latter with a cumulative 14.770.. The Swede, whose U.S. base is Jupiter, Florida, outbalanced three birdies with four bogeys, posting -0.924 SG: Putting, currently 69th (of 71) in SGP at -5.127. This was his seventh start of the season and is a third top 25 and second top 10, joining a career-TOUR-best T5 at the WGC-Match Play. UPDATE: The non-member is 31.222 FedExCup points short of Special Temporary Membership.
May 14 - 6:55 PM

Making his tourney debut, World No. 13 Alex Noren patched together an even-par 36-36=72 in the third round of THE PLAYERS, dropping two places into a three-way T7 on 5-under 211, four shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader J.B. Holmes.

After kicking off in 68-71, the 34-year-old began in a five-way T5 on 5-under, four back of 36-hole co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley. He got on the board with birdie-4 at two from 8'4", gave it back with a 3-putt bogey at the third (from 43'4"), circled the par-5 16th from 4'1", and gave it back with a walk-off 5 at the par-4 18th, 3-putting again from 45'6". The Swede, an 8-time winner on the European Tour in 233 career events, split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, pacing the field in the latter at 83.33 percent (45/54), but posted a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR, 76th (of 82) in that stat with a cumulative 1.911.
May 13 - 7:17 PM