Record-equalling Noren claims stunning Wentworth win

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2017

Noren quietly jumped over 100 places on the rankings past year - he won four times on the European Tour - and was described by one American magazine as the highest ranked golfer in the world who followers of golf didn't know.

The Clara native turned for home the European Tour's flagship event in a share of first place, as four golfers were out on the course at nine under par.

Noren came from seven shots behind on the last day to jump to the head of the leader board with a 10-under par 62 - a new course record - which landed him a cheque for £894,000 and a place in the world's top 10.

And Noren did it as dramatically as it could have been done.

The Swede may have been gaining a reputation for not having one in some quarters, but eight birdies and an eagle, on the 18th after his approach had stopped four feet from the hole, secured a remarkable shift at the BMW PGA Championship, equalling the record for the West Course en route to victory.

"It feels unbelievable. I've been in the players' lounge for the last two hours". "You know, I didn't even think about it, and I came off the course quite angry yesterday of playing a good round, 2-under, and then kind of chipping into the water from the back of the green on 18".

"I looked at the score a lot at the 12th and 13th holes - I didn't have a clue what I was going to shoot".

"That's what I've always needed, to believe in myself, then it's easier to focus on what you need to do". You just need to get it done today. As for that eagle? But European golf fans should know all about him when next year's Ryder Cup match against the United States arrives in Paris in 2018. There was a twinge of Rory McIlroy at the 2016 Irish Open in it.

"I never had a good game off the tee".

Noren played with fellow Oklahoma State Cowboy Peter Uihlein in his final, round who noted that it was probably the best round he's ever seen. The win not only earned him $1,166,660, it will also likely push him into the top 10 in the world rankings this week.

"The only thing I'm trying to do is play better against better fields and on better courses", Noren said. And I view this as a very hard course against a very tough field. "This is very close to a major in my mind so my confidence goes up", he... "My confidence goes up". In November, he overcame a six-shot deficit in the final round of The Nedbank in Sun City with a 63 and in the last 10 months, he has finally proved himself to be the prolific victor so many expects predicted he would be.

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