Noren won’t let success go to his head
Swede is flying high in the Race to Dubai, but he’s staying grounded
Despite claiming his third European Tour title of the season at the British Masters, Alex Noren is refusing to get carried away and is instead savouring the moment.
The Swede has been one of the most consistent performers in Europe this season and is now up to fourth in the Race to Dubai rankings, behind only the impressive trio of Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy.
Few would have predicted the 34year-old would be mixing it with the trio of major champions, in fact it has even taken Noren by surprise.
“I never thought I’d be as high as fourth on the Race to Dubai earlier this season,”he told 7DAYS. “It’s crazy. I’ll take it though.
“I had so many bad tournaments in the past and being down the bottom my first few years, so I’m very happy about this and I don't take it for granted.”
Having turned professional in 2005, it has taken Noren more than a decade to discover his best form. Something Noren is struggling to understand but he believes his turnaround in fortunes could be due to a shift in focus.
“I play on a course with no driving range which seems to be helping me out,” he said. “I am focusing more on the game and not the driving range as much. “The other thing that helps me out is I don’t think too highly of myself, my game has been but I see a lot of guys I play with who hit better shots. So I see a lot of things to work on.” Clearly a modest individual, Noren admits that he spent much of his week at the Grove watching his challengers and seeing where he must improve. “I just want to be able to pull off all the shots I see around, the players I played with like Andrew Johnston, Beef, he hits the driver incredible and I’d love to hit the driver like he does,” said Noren.
“I’m working on that rather than just being too happy with my results.”
Should he keep improving and winning tournaments this season then Noren is in with a chance of ending the season on top of the Race to Dubai standings.
In order to do that he may have to follow in the footsteps of his fellow countryman Henrik Stenson who has twice won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
So does Noren feel he can finally produce his best golf on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates next month?
“I like the DP World Tour Championship as a tournament but I’ve not played great in it. Sixth is my best finish one year and the rest have not been so good,” added Noren.
“I love the course and atmosphere though and everyone around it. It’s an amazing tournament and it’s nice to be going into it with more form than I have in the past.”