Alex Noren produced a scintillating final round 63 to overcome the 54-hole-leader Jeunghun Wang and win the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The Swede secured his fourth European Tour win in his last 11 starts, the eighth of his career, at fourteen-under-par, having started the final day a remarkable six shots behind leader Wang.Embed from Getty Images
Six birdies on the front nine, accompanied by two birdies and an eagle on the back nine and only one bogey through the final 18, ensured Noren soared up the leaderboard and towards a five shot victory at the Gary Player Golf Club.
One bogey and one double-bogey were the only shots dropped by the 34-year-old across the 72 holes in an outstanding display of resilience in Sun City, South Africa.
After 36 holes Noren had a two-shot lead that he seemingly tarnished with a three-over-par 75 on Saturday, leaving South Korean Wang to take a three shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen going into Sunday’s final round. The world number 91 could only manage a 75 on Sunday and fell to the charge of Noren.Embed from Getty Images
There was a five way tie for third place as Europeans Andy Sullivan, Victor Dubuisson, Ricardo Gouveia and Alejandro Cañizares were joined by Branden Grace at seven-under-par. Despite his second place positioning on Sunday morning, Oosthuizen fell to ninth with a 75.
Noren’s fellow Swede Henrik Stenson finished in eighth position, one ahead of Danny Willett in tied 11th, to marginally increase his lead over Willett in the Race to Dubai rankings heading into the season-closing DP World Tour Championship next week.
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Noren’s victory sees him rise to third, above Tyrrell Hatton and Rory McIlroy, in the Race to Dubai rankings, and into the top 10 in the world, and he will be in with a chance of taking top spot at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
Noren, Stenson and Willett will be joined by McIlroy in Dubai in a battle to be crowned the European Tour’s player of the season by winning the Race to Dubai.