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Alex Noren

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

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In a battle of the undefeated, 8-seed Alex Noren got the best of 20-seed Brooks Koepka 3-and-1 in Round of 16 play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and advances to the quarterfinals to face 1-seed Dustin Johnson. UPDATE: Noren lost to Johnson 3-and-2 and exits with a 4-1-0 record and T5; first top 10 in three appearances and 13 overall WGCs, and career-TOUR-best in 27th PGA TOUR start, previously T9 at 2012 Open Championship.
Koepka, the Group 9 winner, departs with a 3-1-0 record, while Noren will square off against Johnson a bit later, both 4-0-0. The 34-year-old Swede, who didn't have to play at all on Friday (due to Francesco Molinari's WD), never trailed in the match versus the younger American. He won the first and the third with pars, lost holes 5 and 6 with Koepka circling the fifth for his first birdie while Noren labored to double bogey-7. Noren won the seventh and ninth with 3s, the latter with birdie to go 2 UP, while Koepka narrowed with birdie-3 at the 10th. Noren extended to 3 UP thru 13 holes, and won at the 17th when Koepka hooked his tee ball to the par 3 into the hazard and conceded the hole and the match. Mar 25 - 1:35 PM

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Alex Noren beat Bernd Wiesberger 3-and-2 in Thursday's second round at the 2017 World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas and will advance to the Round of 16 with a 3-0-0 record after his final group opponent Francesco Molinari pulled out with injury.

Both men had started the week with opening wins but Noren put himself in control of Group 8 after edging in front at the second hole and never relinquishing his lead. The Swede didn't have to do much to build his advantage as he won Nos. 2-4 with pars as Wiesberger played that stretch in bogey-double bogey-bogey. After they halved the 5th in birdie-3s, Noren went 4-up with another par breaker at 6 before his rival found one of his own at the next. Wiesberger birdied again at 11 but Noren restored the three-hole gap with a circle at 12 and, after the next three were shared, they shook hands at the 16th as both made bogey-6. Noren will get to put his feet up Friday and watch who he'll get to play in the last 16 after Molinari's withdrawal due to a wrist injury gave him a walkover win and a third point out of three.
Mar 23 - 5:49 PM

Alex Noren has won just one game at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship but did thrive when last playing this format on the European Tour in 2016; he'll hope to emulate that at Austin CC in Texas this week.

Noren made his debut in this event in 2010 but was thrashed 7&5 by Geoff Ogilvy at Dove Mountain in Arizona. He returned to the same venue in 2013 and scored an eyebrow-raising 6&4 victory over Dustin Johnson before losing to Graeme McDowell at the 20th hole in the last 32. Since then, the Swede's only taste of head-to-head action came at last year's Paul Lawrie Match Play where he won five matches before losing to Anthony Wall in the final. He followed that with an incredible burst of form, winning three times in his next seven starts to surge up to No. 9 in the world rankings. He's still at No. 11 and will be top seed in his group this week but MC-55-49 in his last three starts and a lack of any notable form on American soil combine to diminish his appeal.
Mar 20 - 10:23 AM

World No. 11 Alex Noren takes his talents to Mexico City for this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

The Swede arrives with a missed cut in his latest start but had 15 straight top 50s before that. That stretch wasn't just about consistent cut-making, as he won four times in that 15-event time span. If gamers are worried about the high altitude at Club de Golf Chapultepec then they should rest assured that Noren has won twice at the European Masters, an event played at nearly 4,900 feet above sea-level. In nine previous WGC starts, Noren has finished inside the top 20 on four occasions, including a personal-best T12 at this season's WGC-HSBC Champions.
Mar 1 - 12:17 PM

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

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