Race all set for tight finish in Dubai
Swede claims his fourth win of the year thanks to stunning final round
‘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.”