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Alex Noren

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

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Alex Noren made a chastening Masters debut 12 months ago, he returns this week hoping for better returns from the challenge of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
The Swede has made 18 major championships appearances and has just the two top ten finishes, both in the Open. In American majors his best in 11 starts is T34 in the 2011 PGA Championship and his only Masters appearance (last year) led to a missed cut after rounds of 74 and 78. His WGC Stroke Play record is little better: 13 starts without a top ten finish. Only in last year's Dell Match Play (quarter finalist) and this year's (third) did he show the world how good he can be. But that frailty in the big events is a concern, as is a pronounced left-to-right shot shape. The positive is his 2018 PGA Tour form: seven events, six results of T21 or better. Apr 3 - 5:21 AM

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13-seed Alex Noren took down 2-seed Justin Thomas 5-and-3 in the Consolation Match of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to claim 3rd place with a 6-1-0 record and his second top 10 in 17 WGC events. UPDATE: Noren bumps three spots to 14th in OWGR.

The first-time member though not a rookie improved his overall Dell Match Play record to 11-4-0 and bags his third top 10 of the season in eight starts, all three top 3s (P2, Farmers; 3rd, Honda). This was his fourth Dell Match Play, second at Austin CC, and betters a T5 last year where he lost to eventual champ Dustin Johnson in the quarters. The Oklahoma State alum's only loss this week came in the semis to eventual runner-up Kevin Kisner (19 holes). He was all square with Thomas thru three holes, winning the first (concession) and losing the third to birdie. The 35-year-old went back to 1 UP with birdie-3 at 4 (from 14'10") and would not relinquish the lead from there. He went 2 UP with birdie-3 at 5 and 3 UP with a par win at 11. The Swede won the par-4 13th (par) and the match would end two holes later with a hole concession at 15.
Mar 25 - 6:28 PM

13-seed Alex Noren bettered 46-seed Cameron Smith 4-and-2 in the Quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and advances to the Semifinals on Sunday morning where he'll square off against 32-seed Kevin Kisner (4-0-1).

The Oklahoma State alum improves to 5-0-0 while first-timer Smith exits with a 3-1-1 record for T5. It's Smith's fourth top 10 of the season in 10 starts and third top 5. Noren, who lost in the quarters last year to eventual champ Dustin Johnson, is a nine-time winner on the Euro Tour in 247 career events, most recently at the 2017 BMW PGA. His best in 41 starts on the PGA TOUR is P2 at the Farmers back in January. The 35-year-old, whose U.S. base is in Jupiter, Florida, never trailed against Jacksonville resident and Aussie Smith. He won the first with birdie-3 (from 24'5"), went 2 UP with birdie-3 at 5, and 3 UP with birdie-4 at 6. Smith clawed back to 1 DOWN with par wins at 7 and 8, but that's as close as he would get. The Swede won 11 (par) and 13 with birdie, now 3 UP, and the match would end with a hole concession at 16.
Mar 24 - 6:12 PM

13-seed Alex Noren eliminated 19-seed Patrick Reed 5-and-3 in Round of 16 action at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and advances to the Quarterfinals against 46-seed Cameron Smith.

The 35-year-old advances to Saturday afternoon for a second straight year, losing in last year's quarters to eventual champ Dustin Johnson. He improves to 4-0-0 while Reed, the Group 4 winner departs with a 3-1-0 record. Other than yesterday's Round 3 1 UP win against Tony Finau, the Swede has made relatively quick work of his other opponents. It was no different today, though he did have to rally from a 1 DOWN deficit thru three holes. Noren's birdie-2 at 4 (from 25'5") leveled the match, went 1 UP with birdie-3 at 5 and never looked back. He won 8 and 9 with pars, now 3 UP, went 4 UP with birdie-2 at 11, and knocked out the Texan with birdie-3 at 15.
Mar 24 - 1:01 PM

Clutch Alex Noren withstood a bold bid from Tony Finau to complete a 3-0-0 record in Group 13 and progress to the knockout stages of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.

The Swede had been imperious in sweeping aside Thomas Pieters and Kevin Na earlier in the week, but he found professional match play rookie Finau a different kettle of fish. The two were locked until the sixth and a winning Noren birdie-4, then Finau erred with a losing bogey-5 at No. 8. But on the back nine the American hit his straps, reeling off three straight winning birdies from the tenth to assume a 1-up lead. Down for the first time in the week, Noren was now resolute. His par-4 at 14 drew the match level and then he struck. From 6'0" at 17 for a winning birdie and then from 14'0" at 18 for a match-clinching par at 18. It remains the case that he has only ever lost matches in individual competitions to players who have won match play events. He plays Patrick Reed in a standout clash of Saturday morning's round of 16.
Mar 23 - 6:26 PM

World No. 17 Alex Noren tore through Austin Country Club en route to a 5-and-4 victory over Thomas Pieters in round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, exiting the course with a 2-0-0 record on the week and also eliminating Pieters chances to advance out of Group 13.

Noren won his opening match against Kevin Na after piecing together five birdies over 16 holes. He got right back on the birdie train today, circling seven more birdies over 14 holes. Overall, he's posted a birdie-or-better percentage of 40. The Swede wasn't giving an inch today, also saving par from 21'4" at the par-4 third hole and then saving par from just inside nine feet at the eighth. Pieters was actually two under on his round and didn't record a single bogey himself. This was just a matter of running into a Swedish buzzsaw. Noren improves to 6-3-0 in this event and he'll now turn his attention toward Tony Finau on Friday. Finau is also 2-0-0, making that the deciding match out of Group 13. Kevin Na and Thomas Pieters are both eliminated but they will still battle it out tomorrow.
Mar 22 - 2:28 PM

Alex Noren took care of business on day one of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, clipping Kevin Na 4-and-2 in their opening match.

The Swede entered with one of the stronger match play resumes and he's living up to the reputation on day one. The duo traded a pair of birdies at the par-3 fourth (Na's coming from 22'11" while Noren's was inside 8 feet). Noren followed it up with two more instant birdies but found the match AS at the turn. Na gifted Noren with a pair of bogeys, first at the par-5 12th and then again just two holes later. The Swede then went for the knockout with an 11'1" birdie splash at the par-4 15th. Noren ended the day with five birdies in his quiver and was lining up an 11'4" attempt when Na conceded at the 16th. Next up for Noren is a R2 match against (possible) Ryder Cup teammate Thomas Pieters.
Mar 21 - 3:43 PM

Alex Noren has good memories of Austin Country Club after reaching the last eight of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in 2017 and he'll head back having become an established performer on American soil this year.

The Swede was 8th seed last year due to a string of wins in Europe but that looked high given his lack of experience of big tournaments in the United States. However, he justified it fully, reaching the quarter-finals with wins over Thongchai Jaidee, Bernd Wiesberger, Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka before falling to top seed and eventual winner Dustin Johnson. He'll have more eyes on him this time after some excellent displays on the PGA Tour in 2018, highlighted by a play-off loss at Torrey Pines and tied third at the Honda Classic. On paper, he looks to have a tougher group. Seeded 13th, Noren takes on big-hitters Tony Finau (29) and Thomas Pieters (39) along with 2017 group winner Kevin Na. He'll open up against Na at 10:58 local time Wednesday.
Mar 20 - 7:48 AM

Can Alex Noren maintain his 2018 hot streak in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge?

The Swede is no stranger to Florida conditions, spending his winters at The Bear's Club, about which he said: "I'm used to this Bermuda grass. It's also similar in the Middle East and Asia. I almost like these greens more." There has certainly been a recent improvement in his results in the state. Prior to last year four starts there has reaped T69-MC-T20-T56. But he opened with a 70 in this event last year to lie T8 and although he could only log T49 it was a hint. He was subsequently in contention all week in THE PLAYERS prior to posting T10 and then managed T3 at last month's Honda Classic. He's 5-for-5 on the PGA TOUR this year with every result T21 or better, a sign that a strong worldwide performer is coming to terms with the American examination.
Mar 13 - 8:56 AM

Confident Alex Noren will seek to find the elusive win in this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

The Swede has made 15 start in WGC events since his debut in 2009 with his best finishes the quarter-finals of last year's World Match Play and, in strokeplay, T12 in the 2016 HSBC Champions. He managed only T55 in last year's visit to Chapultepec, but his first round 76 left him behind the black ball for the rest of the week. Finishing one shot outside last week's Honda Classic play-off was tough, after losing in extra holes at the Farmers Insurance Open, but he's upbeat. "I feel good," he said. ""I feel comfortable out here and that was my target coming into the season, just to be able to play with these guys on these courses, and you know, prove to myself that I can do it. It's so much fun playing back nine holes under pressure. You've got so much adrenaline and I'm very nervous, but you just want to get that win."
Feb 27 - 7:06 AM

First-round co-leader and World No. 16 Alex Noren authored a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of The Honda Classic to post 7-under 273, up three spots to solo 3rd, one short of a two-man playoff involving overnight leader Luke List and Justin Thomas. UPDATE: Noren drops to 0-for-1 as 18-hole leader/co-leader and jumps 14 places to a career-high 19th in the FedExCup standings.

The Oklahoma State alum improves to 1-for-2 at the Honda (CUT/2013). He's now 5-for-5 on the season with four top 25s, four straight, and two top 10s, just shy of a career-best P2 at the Farmers three starts ago. After kicking off in 66-75-65, the 35-year-old began in solo 6th, three back. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, gaining 1.295 strokes off-the-tee and 1.001 approaching-the-green. The Swede squared two back-nine bogey-5s at 11 and 13 (3-putt from 35'1"), offset by five circles at 3, 4, 8, 14 and 16, three from between 13 and 36 feet. He posted 1.750 putts per GIR and 2.422 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. For the week, Noren tallied one eagle and 17 birdies against 10 bogeys and one double.
Feb 25 - 6:06 PM

First-round co-leader and World No. 16 Alex Noren twirled a 5-under-par 32-33=65 on Moving Day at The Honda Classic to post 4-under 206, up nine spots on the live leaderboard to solo 5th and good for the low round of the week thus far and the early 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Noren is solo 6th, three short of leader Luke List, and his 65 was tied by Justin Thomas.

After opening in 66-75, the Oklahoma State alum began T14 on 1-over, four short of 36-hole co-leaders Luke List and Jamie Lovemark. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.565 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.605 around-the-green. The 35-year-old squared two bogey-5s at 10 and 16 (3-putt from 57'9"), outpaced by five birdies at 2, 7, 8, 13 and 14, capping with a walk-off eagle-3 at 18 from 4'3", just the second eagle of the week at 18. His birdie split included three from between 13 and 18'6", posting 1.615 putts per GIR and 3.239 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Feb 24 - 4:33 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 16 Alex Noren back-pedaled with a 5-over-par 39-36=75 in the second round of The Honda Classic, falling 13 places on the live leaderboard to T14 on 1-over 141, four shy of 36-hole co-leaders Luke List and Jamie Lovemark.

The 35-year-old actually navigated the Bear Trap in 1-under, highlighted by a hole-out birdie-2 from a greenside bunker at 15 from 66'8" away. His trouble came much earlier, playing his first 14 holes in 6-over. The first-time member though not a rookie had just one other birdie at the par-4 eighth (from 9'9"), outbalanced by five bogeys and double bogey-6 at 6 after putting his second into the water. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and mustered eight greens in regulation, gaining 0.638 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.909 approaching-the-green. The Oklahoma State alum registered 1.875 putts per GIR and -1.371 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Feb 23 - 5:57 PM

Alex Noren won the battle with The Bear Trap and escaped his opening round with a 4-under-par 31-35=66, good for sole possession of the early Honda Classic lead, with the afternoon wave just getting their day started.

The Swede entered on the heels of three straight top 25s since arriving in the States and he's not showing any signs of slowing down in Florida. The Bear Trap is playing 1.54 strokes over par at the moment but Noren played it at 1-under for the day. Noren put on a ball-striking clinic today, gaining 2.290 strokes on approach while battling heavy winds in Palm Beach Gardens. Most notable was his 186-yard approach at the par-4 sixth which he stuck to inside four feet for a tap-in birdie. In fact, all but one of his birdie conversions came from inside 10 feet (he did also add a 14'4" par-saver). The lone exception was a 32'9" birdie bomb at the par-4 second. Making his 39th career PGA TOUR start, Noren is now in line for his first career first-round lead on this circuit, if this holds by day's end.
Feb 22 - 1:12 PM

Making his tournament debut, overnight leader and World No. 19 Alex Noren tacked on a 1-over-par 35-38=73 in Sunday's final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to match clubhouse leader Jason Day (70) and playing competitor Ryan Palmer (72) on 10-under 278, and then lost to Day on the sixth hole of sudden death, the fourth playing of the par-5 18th, and first hole after the now-2-man playoff resumed on Monday morning. Noren drops to 0-for-1 as 54-hole leader/co-leader and is 0-1 in playoffs. UPDATE: Noren bumps three spots to 16th in OWGR.

Playing his first full season on TOUR after finishing in the Top 125 in non-member FedExCup points last season, the 34-year-old was vying for his first TOUR title in his 36th career start. He settles for a career-TOUR-best P2, supplanting a previous-best T5 at the 2017 WGC-Match Play. After kicking off in 70-66-69, the Oklahoma State alum began with a one-shot lead over Palmer, three clear of Day. He hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, No. 1 for the week in GIR at 79.17 percent (57/72). The Swede outpaced three circles at Nos. 5, 7 and 9, with four squares at 3 (3-putt from 50'6"), 6, 12 (3-putt from 36'5") and 14 (tee ball OB), and missed birdie on the 72nd hole to win from 13'1". In extra time, the duo battled to a birdie-birdie-par-par-birdie draw thru five holes of extra time, and Day won on Monday morning with a kick-in birdie-4, while Noren's second from 255 yards away (left intermediate) came up short in the water.
Jan 29 - 12:05 PM