Swe­den’s Alex Noren wins Bri­tish Masters for 3rd Euro­pean ti­tle this year

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Alex Noren of Swe­den, photo, held his nerve at the Bri­tish Masters on Sun­day to claim a third Euro­pean Tour ti­tle in his last eight tour­na­ments.

Noren carded a fi­nal round of 69 at The Grove to fin­ish on 18-un­der 266, two shots ahead of Bernd Wies­berger (67), with Lee West­wood (67) a shot fur­ther back in third.

A more com­fort­able vic­tory had looked on the cards when Noren led by four shots af­ter seven holes, only for the 26th-ranked player to bo­gey the sev­enth as play­ing part­ner Richard Bland holed from 50 feet for birdie.

Noren’s lead was down to a sin­gle shot when he bo­geyed the 11th and he did su­perbly to save par on the next thanks to a bril­liant re­cov­ery shot from the trees.

Wies­berger of Aus­tria briefly joined Noren at the top of the leader­board with a birdie on the par-five 15th, only for Noren to do like­wise from a near-iden­ti­cal po­si­tion in the group be­hind.

With Wies­berger un­able to birdie the 18th, Noren knew all he needed was a par to win, but a su­perb pitch to two feet set up a birdie to cap off a bril­liant run of form af­ter vic­to­ries in the Scot­tish Open and Euro­pean Masters.

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