Race all set for tight fin­ish in Dubai

Swede claims his fourth win of the year thanks to stun­ning fi­nal round

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‘I holed a few putts and it just ended up be­ing one of those rounds.’ – ALEX NOREN

Alex Noren pro­duced a sen­sa­tional fi­nal round of nine un­der par to win the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge and move up to third in the Race to Dubai Rank­ings.

The Swede be­gan the fi­nal round five shots be­hind South Korea’s Wang Je­unghun, but raced to the turn in just 30 shots at the Gary Player Coun­try Club in South Africa.

The 34-year-old, who climbed into the world’s top 10 for the first time with the vic­tory, birdied the first three holes and picked up fur­ther shots on the fifth, sev­enth and eighth.

Noren’s bril­liant run con­tin­ued when he holed from 25 feet for an ea­gle on the par-five 10th then chipped in for a birdie on the 11th.

The only blem­ish on his card came at the 14th as he dropped one shot, but he soon re­sponded with an­other birdie at the 16th be­fore two pars saw him fin­ish on 14-un­der, five shots clear of Wang.

“To win feels amaz­ing,” said Noren.

“This was the round of my life. I wasn’t very happy with the third round and I spent an hour fig­ur­ing out what I needed to do.

“I got more re­laxed and holed a few putts and it just ended up be­ing one of those rounds.”

While Noren ex­celled un­der pres­sure on the fi­nal day, Wang had a fourth round to for­get as he was three-over, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing just one shot clear of Andy Sul­li­van, Bran­den Grace, Victor Dubuis­son, Ale­jan­dro Canizares and Ri­cardo Gou­veia.

Hen­rik Sten­son was a shot fur­ther back on six un­der and he will now head to next week­end’s DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship in top spot in the Race to Dubai rank­ings.

How­ever, he could still be chal­lenged by Danny Wil­lett, who is sec­ond, and Noren who can now claim top spot after his stun­ning vic­tory in Sun City. But when asked whether he was think­ing about end­ing the year as Europe’s No. 1, Noren said: “I’m not think­ing about the Race to Dubai.

“I am just go­ing to try and play some good golf next week­end and see what hap­pens.”

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