Oct 16th, 2016
Alex Noren wins the British Masters
Two shot victory over Bernd Wiesberger
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Alex Noren successfully defended his overnight lead, and managed to get over the line to win by two shots from Bernd Wiesberger.
The 34–year old Swede, number 26 in the World Golf rankings, started the day three shots ahead of nearest challenger Richard Bland, and got off to a perfect start with birdies on the two opening holes.
He parred the next five holes, before dropping a shot on the eighth, when he just missed a ten–foot putt for par.
With another par on nine, Noren made the turn in 34.
A dropped shot on the par 4 11th pulled him back to the chasing pack, but he steadied the ship, and was not to drop another shot in his final seven holes. Indeed he made birdies on the par 5 15th and par 5 18th to come back in 35 and card a 69 for an overall score of 18 under.
The chasing pack was lead by Bernd Wiesberger who finished second on 16 under, having posted a 67 for the final day.
Lee Westwood also had a strong finishing day, shooting four under to come in third on 15 under.
Alexander Levy, Graeme McDowell, Tommy Fleetwood, Peter Hanson and halfway leader Richard Bland, who is still looking for his first European Tour victory, shared fourth place.
Noren has been in cracking form this season as he also won the Scottish Open in July and last month's European Masters in Switzerland.