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Alex Noren

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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World No. 11 Alex Noren, the highest ranked player in the field, slammed his trunk early at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth following a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in round two, closing the week at 1-under 143 and falling short of the cut line by a single stroke.
An opening 74 left the Swede an uphill task and he was slow to repair the damage after starting with 10 straight pars. He did finally pick up momentum with birdies at 11, 14 and 15 but three closing pars meant it was one swing too many. Noren's initial aim this week was to make the top 24 after 54 holes and secure a place in Sunday's match play segment of the tournament. To fall at the first hurdle, the 36-hole cut, ranks as a big disappointment but disgruntled gamers can't blame the format. Other notables to exit at the midpoint include: 143- Tom Lewis, Marcus Fraser, Lasse Jensen ... 145- Edoardo Molinari ... 147- Craig Parry ... 148- Johan Edfors ... 149- Andrew Dodt ... 155- David Horsey. Feb 17 - 5:54 AM

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Alex Noren is one of the star names on show as the European Tour unveils a brand new format in this week's ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth in Australia.

The tournament will feature traditional stroke play for the first 54 holes, with the top 24 players then going head-to-head in six-hole knockout match play on the final day. "I think it's nice that we try new things and I think it's going to be nice for the crowds and nice for the TV viewers," Noren told "Obviously it's going to be pretty tough if a guy is leading by a lot and loses in the first match (in Sunday's match play), but when we're all here that's what is expected." The Swede won four times in the second half of 2016 and at No. 11 is the highest ranked player in the field this week. He hasn't pegged it up in Australia since T31 at the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic but has shown some good form Down Under previously when fourth at the 2008 Australian Masters. He's started 2017 with T13 in Abu Dhabi and T21 in Qatar.
Feb 15 - 3:24 AM

2016 four-time winner Alex Noren will look to build on a solid start to the season in Abu Dhabi when he tees it up in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.

The Swede is not just coming off four wins in 2016, he's actually a five-time winner in his last 29 starts, a run that began in mid-June 2015 and included four months lost to injury. It's a stunning period and what happens this year will be revealing as two paths suggest themselves. One is that, like Robert Karlsson, he remains a European Tour star; the other that, like Henrik Stenson, he graduates to world class, contending for the majors. In the short term put a tick against his seasonal opener last week in Abu Dhabi; the T13 was his first top 30 there in seven visits. Moreover he possesses a much better record in Doha, with four top 25s include T4 in 2013 and solo ninth in 2015. The ball-striking was excellent last week, if he putts well he can contend again.
Jan 24 - 4:12 AM

Alex Noren and David Lingmerth bonded to smash the low total of the final day, carding 10-under-par 31-31=62 to grab solo fifth the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath GC on 15-under 273.

Ultimately Sweden ended the week five back of the winner Denmark and yet the furious final lap got the newbie pair to within two at one point on the back nine. The front nine was impressive enough, with four birdies at 3, 4, 6 and 8, but on the back nine Noren and Lingmerth thrashed the Melbourne sandbelt venue. The first red number came at 10, before they ticked four in four from the 12th. A final birdie at 17 made it six on the return to the clubhouse. On review, the alternate shot performance cost the team a better crack at the title: it was the only nation in the top five which failed to break par in the 36-holes of that format.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:57:00 AM

Sweden will be hoping to ride the wave of Alex Noren's superb year in the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia this week.

Back in 2011 Noren pegged two rounds of 66 in his World Cup debut, but sullied the effort with a 74 and 73. This year inconsistency has been wiped from his game so perhaps his only challenge is to maintain the form after a long run of high profile activity and rounds played in contention. He's twice been to nearby Huntingdale, also a sandbelt course, and managed a T4 in the 2008 Mastercard Masters. Team-mate David Lingmerth has no Melbourne experience, but if the quick greens the region is famed for count for anything his TOUR victory at Muirfield Village might be a pointer. Sweden are two-time winners of the World Cup, in 1991 with Anders Forsbrand and Per-Ulrik Johansson, then in 2008 with the powerful combo of Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson. This year's team is better than the former, but a touch shy of the latter, although Noren is now historically on a par with Karlsson and must have Stenson's effotts as a target in the next few years such is his leap in class this season.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 05:42:00 AM

Alex Noren, the hottest golfer in Europe right now, takes aim at a fifth title of the year, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, hosted this week by The Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Ten events into the 2016 season Noren was playing well (four T12s or better) but lacked a top five finish. In the 11 starts since he has ticked five top fives – and of course four of them are victories. And just 16 hours after the latest win, in the Nedbank Golf Challenge last Sunday, he was on the range in Dubai. Take it as read that Noren does not intend to slow down this week: he's riding the wave. As astonishing as his round four 63 was last week, it is perhaps even more impressive that it came straight after a round three 75. He has talked all through this period of the affect the birth of his daughter has had on his game, making him less pre-occupied with the slings and arrows of short-term form, and perhaps this was the finest example of that in action. He finished T6 at this event when it debuted in 2009, but has notched an unusually neat T37, T38 and T39 since. Mathematically he can still win the Race to Dubai with victory, but would need results elsewhere to go in his favour.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 05:31:00 AM

A sensational 11 hole-spell helped Alex Noren transform a 6-shot deficit into a 6-shot victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club; he posted a final round 9-under-par 30-33-63 to total 14-under 274.

The win is the fourth of the Swede's season and came courtesy of that magnificent stretch of golf which began right from the word go. On the front nine he holed out for birdie from 30'0" at the 1st, the 7th and the 8th. He lagged for a tap-in red number at the 2nd, hit an approach to kick-in range at the 3rd and holed from 10'0" at the 5th. The 10th witnessed a successful 25'0" eagle putt and the 11th a chip-in birdie. It was a remarkable burst and created a 4-shot lead which was briefly halved by a bogey at 14 and an immediate birdie by the pre-round leader (and eventual runner-up) Jeunghun Wang. But a 12'0" birdie at 16 (and Wang's bogey at the same hole) sealed the deal and late Wang bogeys helped. His 54-hole 6-shot deficit is the most made up by any European Tour winner in 2016. "The round of my life," he said afterwards. He moves to 3rd in the Race to Dubai and can still top the rankings after next week's finale.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 09:40:00 AM

Pre-round leader Alex Noren struggled in high wind at the Gary Player Country Club, carding 3-over-par 37-38=75 to fall back to T4 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge on 5-under 211.

The Swede was rarely in control from the tee all day, and the worst came early on when he needed to reload from the third tee; the resulting double bogey-6 wiped out his 36-hole advantage. A birdie-3 at the 5th eased the pressure a little and he would make another on the 16th, but they were rare rays of hope. He made bogey at 13, needed to hole out from 7'0" for par at the long 14th, and failed to get up and down for par at the 15th. His drive at the 18th barely covered 230-yards, left an awkward blind approach and he eventually squared a bogey-5. He'll head into the final round fully six shots behind the leader Jeunghun Wang.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 08:26:00 AM

Alex Noren continued his sensational form with a 5-under-par second round of 35-32=67 to hit the halfway mark of the Nedbank Golf Challenge alone in the lead on 8-under 136, two shots clear of five players tied for second.

The Swede is chasing not only a fourth victory of the European Tour season, but should it come he will breach the top ten of the world rankings for the first time ever. Despite a birdie at the fourth, he showed little sign of igniting on the front nine, as he added eight pars. But the delay caused by the threat of thunder seemed to give him a boost; on his return he made back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11, responded to a dropped shot at 12 with another red number at 13, then added two more at 15 (courtesy of a superb approach from dirt to 8'0") and 17. With his nearest challenge Fabrizio Zanotti dropping two late shots it gives Noren breathing space as he heads into the weekend. He has held seven 36-hole leads on the European Tour, winning three of them - but all three came in the last four times he's been in that situation.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 11:57:00 AM

Alex Noren eased his way across Gary Player Country Club, opening his Nedbank Golf Challenge account with a 3-under-par 34-35=69, good enough for T4.

The Swedish three-time winner in 2016 has presented himself with a fine opportunity to make it four with a round that was dotted with five birdies. The first two came at the 4th and 5th to hit the turn in blemish-free style. Two more red numbers at 10 and 12 sandwiched a bogey at the 11th. He dropped another shot to the card at the 15th, but made amends on the final green. He lies one shot back of the end-of-round leaders Jeunghun Wang, Ross Fisher and Felipe Aguilar.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 10:09:00 AM

Alex Noren plotted his way round Sheshan International GC to card 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The world No. 18 is in sparkling form this season, with no less than three wins, and he looks well in the groove after a first lap which had to overcome an early blip. Starting on the back nine he opened with three pars before making double bogey-6 at the 437-yard par-4 13th. But he showed great strength of mind to make immediate amends with an eagle-3 at the 563-yard par-5 14th. Birdie at 16 saw him turn in 1-under before he added three more red numbers at 2, 7 and 9. He found 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. Eight WGC strokeplay starts have reaped just two efforts better than T49, but the best of those was T19 here in 2009.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 05:14:00 AM

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."
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 12:40:00 PM

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."
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:17:00 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.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 08:20:00 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.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 01:07:00 PM