Alex Noren saw off pressure from the trailing pack to win his third European Tour event of the year at the British Masters, finishing with a two shot lead at 18 under par.
The Swede’s three shot lead going into the final day was enough to hold off Bernd Weisberger and Lee Westwood and add to his Omega European Masters and Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open titles of 2016.Embed from Getty Images
A third round 65 saw the world number 26 move out of the pack into the lead and, despite 67s from Wiesberger and Westwood on Sunday, a solid 69 to finish was enough for Noren to hold onto his lead at The Grove Hotel.
Austrian Wiesberger, who dropped only three shots all week, was able to catch Noren temporarily. However, a birdie on the 15th hole saw Noren move back in front at 17 under par – a lead that would only be extended.
Westwood, who sat five shots off the lead at the start of the final day, made a commanding charge to finish in third at 15 under par. The 43-year-old was left to rue a number of missed opportunities that may have seem him come closer to Noren’s score.
Englishmen Richard Bland and Tommy Fleetwood did their best to test Noren’s nerve early on. However, bogeys on the 16th and 17th for the pair saw them fall off the pace.
The field was tight throughout the day. As the final group had four left to play, the five players at the top of the leaderboard all sat within two shots of each other.
Noren’s aggresive approach whilst leading paid off; the 34-year-old headed to the 18th hole with a one shot lead over Wiesberger.
A finishing birdie for Noren on the 72nd hole of the 2016 British Masters, where Wiesberger only managed a par, ensured that Noren’s 18 under par finish gave him a two shot victory.
The final leaderboard is available here.
The title is Noren’s seventh on the European Tour and his recent form has seen him move up to 26th in the Official World Golf Rankings. His impressive display in Watford this week is likely to see him break into the top 20.