Noren makes it to top 20 with 3rd title
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
SWEDEN'S Alex Noren joins compatriot Henrik Stenson inside the top 20 on the world rankings for the first time after capturing the British Masters at The Grove on Sunday.
The 34-year-old overcame a mid-round stumble to shoot a closing two-under 69 for a two-stroke, 18-under victory total on the course north of London for his third success in eight European Tour events.
This triumph meant Noren, who won the Scottish Open and European Masters earlier this year, also became the first player since Rory McIlroy last year to win three events in a European Tour season.
Noren, who had missed all but two events in 2014 due to tendonitis in both wrists, has now done in Europe what Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, the respective world No. 1 and No. 2, have done in bagging three tournaments during the 2015/16 PGA Tour season.
Victory earned Noren £500,000 (S$845,000) and saw him soar to a world ranking career high just inside the top 20, with Stenson at No. 5.
"I believe in myself but the big thing is like you don't have to play a perfect game," said Noren.
"You just have to have a few parts of your game be strong to get a win.
"My putting was probably the best thing this week.
"I holed a lot of putts," he added.
Noren's seventh Tour success has also seen him jump from ninth to fourth on the Race To Dubai money list.
"I try to stay humble as golf is a tough game so I take any win," he added.
"But it's an amazing feeling to have won three times this year as I thought this would not happen to me."
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger finished runner-up while England's Lee Westwood continued to bounce back - from his disappointing showing during Europe's Ryder Cup defeat by the United States - took third place.