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Alex Noren

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

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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

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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

Making his tourney debut, World No. 13 Alex Noren pieced together a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in the second round of THE PLAYERS to post 5-under 139, down two places on the live leaderboard to T5, four shy of 36-hole leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley.

The Swede, whose U.S. base is Jupiter, Florida, was blemish-free 3-under thru 12 holes, circling Nos. 5, 9 and 11, but outpaced a final birdie a the par-5 16th with bogeys at 13 (3-putt from 44'4"), 17 (3-putt from 49'10") and 18, missing a 4'5" par-saver at the par-4 last. The 34-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and peppered 15 greens in regulation, gaining 3.971 strokes tee-to-green. He's currently leading the field in GIR at 86.11 percent (31/36), and SG: Tee-to-Green with a cumulative 9.925, but he's 108th in putts per GIR (1.871) and 123rd in SG: Putting at -2.948, lowlighted by a -1.809 in SGP in R2.
May 12 - 7:33 PM

World No. 13 Alex Noren cruised to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of THE PLAYERS Championship, finding himself one off the early pace set by William McGirt.

The Swede raced out to a fast start last week at the Wells Fargo Championship (T2 after R1). He's off to a similar start this week after finding 16 greens in regulation. Generally reliant on his flat stick, that weapon actually let him down today. He missed a pair of birdie opportunities from inside six feet and also missed another from 8'5", walking off the course losing 1.085 strokes putting. While Noren can't lean on any past experience here at TPC Sawgrass, his game sets up nicely for the demanding Pete Dye design, as evidenced today. The Swede walked off the course with the only blemish-free round of the entire AM wave on Thursday.
May 11 - 2:09 PM

Making his tourney debut, sponsor invite and World No. 12 Alex Noren tacked on a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in today's third round of the Wells Fargo Championship to post 7-under 209, up three places into a two-way T2, one adrift of leader Patrick Reed, who he'll be paired with in the final twosome on Sunday.

The Swede is an 8-time European Tour winner in 233 career events, most recently at the 2016 Nedbank Golf Challenge, the last of four wins in 2016. This is his sixth TOUR start of the season, arriving off a missed cut (by two) at the Masters on laps of 74-78, and a career-TOUR-best T5 at the WGC-Match Play, exiting in the Quarterfinals with an overall 4-1-0 record, losing to eventual champ Dustin Johnson 3-and-2. After opening in 67-73, the 34-year-old began T5 on 4-under and striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, No. 1 in the latter at 79.63 percent (43/54). He squared a lone bogey-5 at 16 (3-putt from 46'3"), offset by four birdies at 4, 7, 10 and 14, three conventional from between 12 and 39 feet, adding a chip-in 3 from 27'11" away at the par-4 10th.
May 6 - 6:45 PM

World No. 12 Alex Noren raced out to an early lead at the Wells Fargo Championship, firing a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during his opening lap around Eagle Point Golf Club. UPDATE: Noren would later get passed by Francesco Molinari who fired a 6-under 66.

The Swede arrived as the third-highest ranked golfer in the field (Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott). Noren went out early today and peppered 16 greens, despite losing 0.296 strokes approaching-the-green. His iron play was just steady enough to let his biggest weapon goto work, his flat stick. Noren reeled in six putts from outside nine feet today including a 37'8" birdie bomb at the par-4 third hole. He walked off the course gaining 4.499 strokes putting. For most golfers, you'd expect a major regression in round two after that, but Noren relies heavily on his putter, so it will be a matter of maintaining field-average tee-to-green play from here on out. If he holds onto this lead by day's end it will be his first lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR after ANY round. UPDATE: Noren will remain in search of his first lead-co-lead on the PGA TOUR.
May 4 - 12:38 PM