Nedbank Golf Challenge, Alex Noren Easy Winner

White Dragon Golf

Alex Noren was the easy winner of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which was hosted by Gary Player in Sun City South Africa.

Nedbank Golf Challenge

Gary Player & Alex Noren / getty

Alex won the Nedbank Golf Challenge by six shots, firing a final round -9 under par 63 to win with a -14 under par total;

“I’ve tried to get in this tournament for so many years, and when I got in here, ending up winning, it feels unbelievable.”

“I think me and my caddie worked on a lot to try to go for the right places on the green, because there’s so many tricky pins here. They tuck those pins away up in the corners of the greens, and it’s easy to make bogeys.”

“All I was trying to do was hit the right shots at the right pieces of the green and putt uphill, and then not make too many bogeys. Because around here, I think you’ve got a few birdie chances.”

“The front pins are easier and I think you’ve got a lot of opportunities, and if you just manage those little tricky ones, not making too many bogeys, you’ve got a chance around here.”

Jeunghun Wang was second, at -8 under par, a sad last round of +3 over par 75.

Tied in third place at -7 under par were,  Ricardo GouveiaAlejandro Cañizares, Victor Dubuisson, home favourite Branden Grace and Andy Sullivan.

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Alex Noren Has Half-Way Lead.

White Dragon Golf

Alex Noren has the  half-way lead at the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

Nedbank Golf Challenge

Alex Noren / getty

Alex will take a two shot lead into the week-end at the Nedbank Golf Challenge after his second round score -5 under par 67 gave him a tournament total of -8 under par. There had been a delay of 1 hour 42 minutes earlier in the day, and Alex came back on fire;

“I made a lot of birdies on the back nine after that delay, which was great fun.”

“I managed to chip-in, which always helps, and then make a birdie on 17, which is quite a tricky hole today.

“Overall, I’m very pleased.”

Five players are tied second place, those two shots back at -6 under par after 36 holes, they are home favorites George Coetzee, Jaco van Zyl and Louis Oosthuizen, and they are joined by  Chris Wood and Fabrizio Zanotti.

Fabrizio carded the tournaments first ever hole in one,  at the 210 yard par three 4th hole, using  a seven iron;

Nedbank Golf Challenge

Fabrizio Zanotti / getty

“When people told me that it was the first hole in one in the history of the tournament, it sounded strange for me, but then the people from the tournament confirmed it to me.”

“It was very strange, but lucky for me, I’m the first one.”

“I think it was just a perfect club, a perfect distance for me with a 7-iron.”

“The wind was helping a little, so the ball, it was going to release a little.”

In a day which had everything Lasse Jensen produced a sensational Albatross at the long 601 yard par four 14th on his way to a second round -3 under 69 and T 13 for the competition.

British Masters. Alex Noren Wins.

White Dragon Golf

Alex Noren won the British Masters title at The Grove in England.

British Masters

Tournament Host Luke Donald & Winner Alex Noren.

Alex had a final round -2 under 69 to win the British Masters with a -18 under par total.

He put his success down to advice from his caddie and great putting;

“At the last three-and-half holes, I managed to play the best I played all week, so I’m really happy and proud about that.”

“Sometimes you’re a little bit blind yourself. You think you hit a good shot but it comes up short, and you never want to blame yourself but he kind of told me what was going on.”

“My putting was probably the best thing this week. I holed a lot of putts. My chipping and wedge game was a lot better, so it helped me out.”

Bernd Wiesberger was in second place at -16 under, a last round of -4 under 67 not enough to get up and challenge for the title.

“It wasn’t easy out there today. I didn’t drive it really well on the first nine, which was really hard because I felt really comfortable with drives on the first three days.” 

“I just had to find a couple more fairways and felt more comfortable on the back nine.”

“To finish well in a strong field like this, it helps going into the final couple of events this year.”

Amazingly Lee Westwood, after his terrible Ryder Cup performance, collected third place at -15 under par. A final round -4 under par 67 giving him some hope for the future.

British Masters. Alex Noren Takes Three Shot Lead.

White Dragon Golf

Alex Noren will take a three shot lead into the final round of the British Masters, in England.

British Masters

Alex Noren / getty

Alex had a consecutive -6 under par 65, this one was bogey free, in the third round of the British Masters that puts him firmly on top of the leaderboard at -16 under par, and will have the advantage of a three stroke lead starting the last round tomorrow.

Alex rolled in a monster birdie putt at the 18th to complete his day;

“Obviously on 18, it was an amazing feeling because I thought it was a tough putt, and you can easily three-putt that and come off with a sour taste in your mouth.” 

“Now it feels great. I’ve three-putted those a lot of times, so sometimes you’ve got to get lucky.”

“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.” 

“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.”

Home player Richard Bland, who is looking for his first Tour win, is in second place at -13 under par, he carded a more modest -2 under 69 today, and is hoping to catch up with the leader tomorrow;

“I said to my caddie, if that’s our worst day and we shoot 69, we should be in with a good shout tomorrow depending on what Alex does.” 

“He’s a class player. He’s only going to go forwards, and we’ve got to go and try to catch him.”

Tommy Fleetwood, -3 under 68 today, Richard Sterne, -4 under 67, Bernd Wiesberger, -4 under 67 and Peter Hanson, -5 under par 66, all share third place at -12 under par.

British Masters. Brilliant Richard Bland Leads.

White Dragon Golf

A brilliant second round from Richard Bland sees him leading the British Masters at the half-way stage at The Grove in England.

British Masters

Richard Bland / getty

Richard carded a second round -7 under par 64, and he is still bogey free after two rounds, at the British Masters, and leads by one shot with a -11 under par total.

Richard likes to play in England, and of course it helps when you are holing putts;

“Whenever you play at home, either here or at Wentworth, you’ve got your family there supporting.”

“Other people come up, your friends, so it’s nice just to hear those extra cheers for you.”

“I’ve holed out fantastically well, not only these last two days but probably over the last three or four months.

“If I can keep that going, hopefully I’ll be there on Sunday.

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are Alex Noren, -6 under 65 today, and Andrew Beef Johnston, also -6 under 65 today.

Beef was happy with his round today, despite the two bogey’s;

“I’m very happy. I thought I played well yesterday in the wind and managed to make a few more birdies today.”

Alex unfortunately dropped two shots on his last hole today;

“Sometimes it goes like that. I’m happy about today. I played a lot better than yesterday.”

Somehow Jamie Donaldson got himself disqualified after eight second round holes, I can not find any explanation of this occurrence.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Alex Noren Leads.

White Dragon Golf

Alex Noren leads after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, played over three courses in Scotland,  Carnoustie, Old Course St Andrews and Kingsbarns.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Alex Noren / getty

SWE Alex equaled the Carnoustie course record in his opening round -8 under par 64, to sit on top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard;

“It was tough conditions but probably one of the best rounds I’ve played, so I’m very happy right now.”

“The course, all three courses, are in probably the best shape I’ve ever seen them. The greens are running great. It’s in great shape.”

Sitting in second place at -7 under par is ENG Ross Fisher after his 65 round at Kingsbarns.

ENG Matt Ford 65 at Kingsbarns and SWE Joakim Lagergren 66 at Carnoustie, share third place at -6 under par.

Joakim said he putted very well today;

“I played very well and was solid all day, I would say. I putted really well and made some great saves coming in on the last five or six holes.”

 

Omega European Masters. Alex Noren Wins in a Play-Off.

White Dragon Golf

Alex Noren wins the Omega European Masters title in a play-off against Scott Hend, at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, in Switzerland.

Omega European Masters

Alex Noren / getty

Alex, from Sweden  and Scott, Australia  finished the Omega European Masters tournament with -17 under par totals, sending them into extra holes.

Alex carded -5 under 65 in the final  round to Scott’s -4 under 66, so they had to go back and play the 18th again, Alex won the hole with a birdie, claiming his second win of the season;

“It feels amazing to be among Seve Ballesteros and Thomas Bjørn to win two Omega European Masters titles.”

“I’ve never won coming from behind or won in a play-off on the European Tour so that makes it more amazing.”

 “I’ve seen the boards showing who won multiple Omega European Masters titles walking to the course so it is great.”

“I’ve worked hard this season. I tried to play more golf and I feel steadier with my driver. My driver hasn’t been my good side but now it is steadier.”

“It is great to have my family here, my baby and my parents here for the first time.”

A beaten Scott was pleased to have had the chance to win”

“I think Alex played the 18th hole way better than I did and made an awesome birdie for a deserving win.”

 “It wasn’t a daunting tee-shot on the last. It is just like any other tee-shot. You just need to stand there and hit it. I was unable to hit the shot I wanted yesterday and today, twice.”

“He played fantastic golf today but I didn’t play quite well enough.”

” That’s golf. You can’t complain when you get into position to win but somebody makes a great birdie on the play-off hole to win.”

Third place went to  Andrew Beef Johnston, from England, he had a -5 under 65, for a -14 under par total;

“It’s been a good week, I had a nice break and it’s nice to come in fresh. I really enjoyed this week and I just have to keep pushing on, working hard and trying to get the results.”

“It was good today. Again it was a bit frustrating on the front nine but I tried to stay patient and I finally managed to make a score.”

“The conditions were perfect, there wasn’t much wind. It literally just picked up on the 18th hole when we were playing our second shot in so it was perfect conditions.”

“The eagle (on the 14th) was good, it was a tight pin on the front right and I hit a nice seven iron in into seven feet and I hit a good putt.”