Alex Noren Storms To Vic­tory At Went­worth

Swede leaves ri­vals trail­ing in his wake with stun­ning course record

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The BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most pres­ti­gious tour­na­ments in the pro­fes­sional game when it came to an ex­cit­ing cli­max at Went­worth as Europe’s top play­ers fought for supremacy around the famed West Course. It is also the open­ing event in the Rolex Series, which has been de­scribed as, one of the most sig­nif­i­cant ad­vance­ments in the Tour’s 45 years.

In the end vic­tory went to Swe­den’s Alex Noren, who could not be caught af­ter he stormed to the front of the field with a course record-equalling score of 62 for an 11-un­der-par to­tal of 277 that none could match. His bo­gey-free round in­cluded eight birdies and a spec­tac­u­lar ea­gle three at the 18th hole and brought him vic­tory by two strokes over Francesco Moli­nari, of Italy, and a

€1.04 first prize of mil­lion.

Noren was thrilled to have won a tro­phy that all Euro­pean play­ers covet. “It is a fan­tas­tic feel­ing to have won this great cham­pi­onship, es­pe­cially as it’s the first in the Rolex Series,” he said. “There was a lot of pres­sure out there be­cause it’s a huge event. In my mind, this tour­na­ment com­pares a lot with a ma­jor.”

One of those who at­tempted to chase down Noren was Hen­rik Sten­son, his es­teemed coun­try­man. The reign­ing Open cham­pion had a 68 to fin­ish three strokes off the lead and in joint third place with Ni­co­las Col­saerts, of Bel­gium, and Ja­pan’s Hideto Tani­hara. It was a week when the West Course,

€6 re­designed at a cost of around mil­lion, was seen in all its glory. Went­worth was a per­fect venue for the in­au­gu­ral event in the lu­cra­tive Rolex Series, which will fea­ture eight tour­na­ments in eight iconic lo­ca­tions across the world, all of­fer­ing min­i­mum prize funds of US$7 mil­lion.

Alex Noren, Dr Ian Robert­son, Mem­ber of the Board of Man­age­ment of BMW AG, Sales and Mar­ket­ing BMW

Cham­pi­onship Vil­lage

Ian Poul­ter tees off at hole 1

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