Alex Noren wins the Nordea Masters title at PGA Sweden National, in Malmö, Sweden.
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Alex cruised to a four shot win at the Nordea Masters, a final round of -1 under par 71 gave him his winning total of -12 under par. This is the second time Alex has won this title, he also won in 2011 at the Bro Hoff Golf Club in Stockholm.
He spoke about the tough windy conditions, and enjoying the moment;
“I’m so pleased. Now I can relax a bit because it was probably the toughest weekend in terms of wind I’ve ever felt.”
“When you’re in the lead you can think a lot, and it was very tough.”
“I hit a few bad shots, I think on the seventh, eighth and ninth, but I played quite well on the back nine.”
“I didn’t have to look for my ball in the rough or anything, so it was not that stressful.”
“The win in the 2011 Nordea Masters was very thrilling; this one is very pleasing.”
“I wasn’t too confident coming into this week because I’ve had a tough time in the wind lately and here you really have to hit the right shots to get around. I got better as the week went on.”
“I’ve had a few good tournaments but I haven’t played well on the last day. When I’ve had a chance, like at Wentworth I had a small chance, I’ve had a slow round.”
“I kept my poise and tried to hit the shots we needed, and it worked. My caddie really helped calm me down and make me stick to my routine.”
“You have to enjoy the good days in this game because you have plenty of bad ones.”
Søren Kjeldsen, winner of last week’s Irish Open, was second, a final round -1 under par 71 meant he could not put any pressure on the leader, he finished the tournament on -8 under par.
Søren came to his Home championship determined to put up a good performance;
“I was really determined to come and play well here. I didn’t quite know how to react after last week and I wasn’t sure how much it took out of me, but Alistair helped a lot and on Tuesday lunchtime we said it’s time to get back to work.”
“I’ve done that and mentally I felt very good. Today was especially pleasing because I learned a lesson last week about looking at leaderboards.”
“I never looked at one today and it helped me a lot. I felt very calm all day, even on the last few holes.”
“I didn’t quite feel that I’d done enough. I played a really solid round today but I knew I probably needed something pretty special to give me a chance.”
“I didn’t quite do that but I was very pleased with the way I played.”
Local Malmö boy Jens Dantorp shared third place with Maximilian Kieffer, Alex Levy and Sebastian Soderberg, all at -6 under par for the competition.
Max enjoyed his week in Sweden, but was a little disappointed not to have won;
“It has been a great week. Obviously I’m a bit disappointed because when you’re in contention on the final day, you want to win it.”
“But it’s another experience I can learn from.”
“I’m very happy for Alex. He’s a nice guy and a great player and deserved to win.”
“Without the injuries he’d probably be in the top ten in the world. After so long out, I’m happy he came back and won.”