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Alex Noren

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

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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

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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

Despite being World No. 10, Alex Noren will drive down Magnolia Lane and get his first start in the Masters this week.

Noren has never met any of the qualification criteria to earn a spot and was hovering just outside the top 100 at this time last year. However, four wins in the second half of 2016 propelled him into the top 10 in the world rankings and, aged 34, he gets to make his debut at Augusta National. The Swede could be rounding into some good form again after making the quarter-finals of the WGC-Dell Match Play two weeks ago following T49 at Bay Hill. Noren plays in Group 29 with double Masters winner Bernhard Langer and American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, the trio teeing off at 13:30 local time Thursday. He's yet to finish in the top 30 in eight previous majors on U.S. soil.
Apr 5 - 12:28 PM

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

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