Noren keeps cool to bag home title
Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00
Home favourite Alexander Noren battled freak winds as he cruised to a seven-shot victory at the Scandinavian Masters yesterday.
The Swede's five-over-par 77 gave him a 72-hole total of 15-under 273, with Englishman Richard Finch alone in second place on 280 after shooting the day's only round in the sixties as players struggled in the testing conditions.
"I've never seen wind like this in Sweden. Every hole was super tough," said world No 92 Noren, who will move into the top 70 after adding this title to the Wales Open he won already this season.
"The only thing I thought of all day was the 17th. I said it doesn't matter how I play up to that, I just have to survive 17 and I did.
"It's even more amazing at home, everyone cheering you on and you don't really feel that somewhere else. It's amazing, you see some friendly faces in the crowd and it's unbelievable. I'm very happy."
Irishman Damien McGrane finished tied for 16th after a final round of 76 left him at even-par.
Noren's fellow Swede Niklas Lemke finished in third on five-under 283, with Australia's Scott Hend and Spain's Pablo Martin a shot further back.
American world No 7 Dustin Johnson ended joint sixth on 285 with countryman Bubba Watson, India's Jeev Milkha Singh and Seung-Yul Noh of Korea.