Thanks to a course record 10-under 62 final round, former Cowboy Alex Noren claimed the title at the European Tour’s premiere event, the BMW PGA Championship today. He finished at 11-under, two shots clear of second place Francesco Molinari.
The Swede entered the final round at Wentworth’s West Course at one-under, but had an amazing performance that featured eight birdies, zero bogeys, and this eagle on 18 that gave him the lead.
✔ 72nd hole eagle— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) May 28, 2017
✔ Course record
✔ Clubhouse leader pic.twitter.com/HaTiQj5SC3
Noren had to spend two and a half hours in the clubhouse waiting on the rest of the field to finish up before he could officially lift his trophy. The win not only earned him $1,166,660, it will also likely push him into the top 10 in the world rankings this week.
After the win, Noren admitted he wasn’t even looking to win entering the day.
"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. Only after the birdie on 12 did I think it was going very well.
Noren actually spent the day paired up with fellow Poke Peter Uihlein, who finished at -1 for the tournament, and called it the best round he had ever seen.
This is Noren’s ninth career European tour victory and fifth since last July.
Noren since July:— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) May 28, 2017
AAM Scottish Open
Omega European Masters
Nedbank Golf Challenge
5 wins. 17 starts. pic.twitter.com/2x3DCZORAQ
The next step for Noren is getting a win on a the PGA tour. His next chance will likely come at the U.S. Open in three weeks.
Until then, congrats to Noren on the big win!