Noren won’t let suc­cess go to his head

Swede is fly­ing high in the Race to Dubai, but he’s stay­ing grounded

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT - By Adrian Back @aidy­back adrian@7days.ae

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.”

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