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