Alex Noren Wins BMW PGA With Epic Comeback

Alex Noren entered the final round at the BMW PGA Championship tied for 20th, seven strokes behind leader Andrew Dodt of Australia, and with 17 other world-class professional golfers between him and the leader.

 
But after shooting a course-record 10-under 62 on Sunday, highlighted by an eagle on the 18th, the 34-year-old Swede beat them all, and captured the BMW PGA.

At the halfway point, with Noren in the clubhouse at 11-under, Dodt, Henrik Stenson, Shane Lowry, Hideto Tanihara, and Branden Grace were in a five-way tie at 9 under, and the odds seemed high that one would be able to at least force a playoff. But all five faded down the stretch, leaving Noren with a full two stroke cushion.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari birdied the final two holes to finish solo-second at 9-under, a shot ahead of Stenson, Tanihara and Nicolas Colsaerts, who also eagled the 18th to jump into the top-5.

It was Noren’s fifth European Tour title in the last 11 months.

The Oklahoma State product seems to be fully healed from debilitating wrist injuries which impacted big chunks of his career between 2012 and 2014. During this time, Noren’s world golf ranking plummeted.

 
But since his win at the Scottish Open last July, Noren has been one of the very best golfers in the world. He will be leaving Wentworth tonight ranked inside the top-10.

The win for Noren was worth Β£894,000 or $1,145,124.60 US.


Winner’s Scorecard


Quotable

“It feels very amazing and very crazy, because I had no intention of trying to win this morning. 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. So it’s a great feeling now, but it feels unreal, yeah.”
Alex Noren, 2017 BMW PGA Champion


The Celebration


Final Leaderboard

POSPLAYERTOTR4
1Alex Noren-11-10
2Francesco Molinari-9-4
T3Nicolas Colsaerts-8-7
T3Henrik Stenson-8-4
T3Hideto Tanihara-8-4
T6Graeme Storm-7-4
T6Shane Lowry-7-3
T6Andrew Dodt-71
T9Dean Burmester-6-7
T9Ross Fisher-6-3
T9Branden Grace-61
T12Matthew Fitzpatrick-5-6
T12Justin Rose-5-5
T14Alexander Bjork-4-6
T14Jaco Van Zyl-4-5
T14Thomas Pieters-4-3
T14Nino Bertasio-4-2
T14Scott Jamieson-4-1
T14Kiradech Aphibarnrat-4-1
T14Lee Westwood-41
T21Peter Hanson-3-4
T21Stephen Gallacher-3-3
T21Andrew Johnston-3E
T24Pablo Larrazabal-2-6
T24Scott Hend-2-3
T24Victor Dubuisson-2-2
T24Byeong Hun An-2E
T24Joost Luiten-2E
T24Maximilian Kieffer-21
T30Hao-tong Li-1-5
T30Matteo Manassero-1-4
T30Paul Dunne (a)-1-3
T30Andrew Sullivan-1-2
T30Soren Kjeldsen-1-1
T30Florian Fritsch-1-1
T30Bernd Wiesberger-1E
T30Peter Uihlein-1E
T30Richie Ramsay-11
T30Tyrrell Hatton-12
T40Bernd RitthammerE-3
T40Ian PoulterE-2
T40Anthony WallE-2
T40Paul PetersonE-2
T40Jorge CampilloEE
T40Oliver FisherE1
T40Jordan SmithE2
T40Bradley DredgeE3
48David Howell1-2
T49Chris Wood2-1
T49David Drysdale2E
T51David Horsey3-1
T51Ernie Els3E
T51Alexander Levy3E
T54Thongchai Jaidee4E
T54Daniel Brooks41
T54Niclas Fasth45
57Thomas Bjorn5-1
T58Danny Willett61
T58Johan Carlsson62
T58S.s.p Chawrasia63
T58Benjamin Herbert64
T62Mikko Ilonen83
T62Gregory Bourdy85
64Sebastien Gros113
65Luke Donald124
66Romain Wattel133
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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.



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