BMW PGA Championship. Alex Noren with a 62 Wins.

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Alex Noren, from Sweden, shot an amazing final round of 62 to win the BMW PGA Championship, on the revamped West Course at Wentworth Golf Club, in England.

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Alex had carded eight birdies in his first sixteen holes, to tie the leaders, and then made Eagle on the 18th to seal victory at the BMW PGA Championship, with a -10 under par 62 final round, giving him a tournament total of -11 under par.

Alex said he had no intention of winning this tournament this morning, but gave his best ever putting performance today;

“It feels amazing and crazy because I had no intention of trying to win this morning.”

“I didn’t even think about it when I came off the course quite angry yesterday after playing a good round and chipping it into the water from the back of the green on 18.”

“It’s a great feeling now but it feels unreal.”

“It’s a tough course mentally coming down the stretch. It’s not super narrow but it’s just if you hit it a little bit wayward it can cost you.”

“I putted probably the best I’ve ever putted.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, was in second place, two shots back at -9 under par, with a last round -4 under par 68;

“Bittersweet, obviously. I’m happy with my performance today.”

“Alex did something quite special so it was hard to beat, really.”

Three players tied in third place at -8 under par, Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, -7 under 65 today, Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -4 under 68 and Hideto Tanihara, Japan, -4 under 68 in his final round.

Nicolas said he should have had ten under;

“You know what, I had it on a string all day. It could have been ten under except for one bad swing on 15.”

Henrik said he just made too many mistakes;

“Too many unforced errors and this was definitely the best chance for me to win this tournament over all the years I’ve played it.”

 

Wells Fargo Championship. Reed Rises To The Top.

 

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Patrick Reed rises to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Patrick made birdie on his last two holes to take the lead in the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting -5 under par 67, for a -8 under total for 54 holes.

Patrick said the change in putting fortunes for him came when he reduced the amount information about the putts, ignoring the green reading book the players are given these days;

 “I used to read the putts and also [caddie Kessler Karain], and I used to use a green-reading book.”

“I just felt like there’s too many eyes and too much thought process going into putts on trying to figure out the read.”

“I’ve done that pretty well all week, I have my green-reading book with me just to kind of confirm, not really to go off of it, just to make sure I’m seeing what the book is saying and just kind of going from there.”

Personally I must say I do not agree with giving the players maps of the greens, showing which way the slopes were  going. Players should read the putts for themselves, not have caddies lying down on the green, and then having a discussion on which way to make the putt, it is too time consuming.

Sharing second place, just one shot back are Alex Noren, from Sweden, -3 under par 69 who missed a 5ft birdie putt on his last hole to claim a share the lead, and Jon Rahm, Spain, who also scored -3 under par. Both players have tournament totals of -7 under par.

There are four players tied in fourth spot, at -6 under, Seung Yul Noh, -5 under 67 today, Brian Harman -2 under 70, Vaughn Taylor -2 under 70 and Francesco Molinari even par 72 again today.

Wells Fargo Championship. Francesco Molinari Has 1st Round Lead.

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Francesco Molinari, from Italy, has the 1st round lead at the Wells Fargo Championship at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Francesco shot an opening round of -6 under par 66 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship, by one stroke, with a chip in birdie at the last hole,

“I played well and gave myself lots of chances.”

“I missed some makeable ones but then I holed some longer ones which is always nice. I’m really happy.”

“I enjoyed being out there and playing. I enjoyed even the challenging shots they have out there.”

Four players are then tied in second place at -5 under par following their first round scores of 67; Alex Noren, Sweden, J.B. Holmes, Grayson Murray and Brian Campbell, all from U.S.A.

Making his come back here is World number one Dustin Johnson, he fell down some stairs a month ago and has not played since. He carded -2 under par 70 to be T 15, and was happy with his play;

“Since I hadn’t played in so long, I’m happy with the way I played.”

“I didn’t score that great, didn’t really hole that many putts, but other than that, I played really well. I think I hit 16 greens and I hit the ball great.”

Nedbank Golf Challenge, Alex Noren Easy Winner

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

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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.

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

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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;

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“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.

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

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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.

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

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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.