Saturday, October 15, 2016

Noren's 65 puts him three clear with a 

round to go in British Masters

Alex Noren will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports after holing a monster putt at the 18th to post a sensational 65 today.
The Swede carded six birdies and no bogeys at The Grove to get to 16 under and open up a convincing lead at the top of the leaderboard.
Halfway leader Richard Bland was on his own in second after mixing four birdies with two bogeys to climb to 13 under.
There were four players in a tie for third, with Peter Hanson, Bernd Wiesberger, Richard Sterne and Tommy Fleetwood all on 12 under.
Englishman Lee Westwood and Germany's Marcel Siem were another stroke back in a share of seventh place.

Noren began the day a single shot behind Bland but fired birdies at the second and sixth to move to 12 under and catch up with his playing partner.
The Swede took the outright lead when he sunk his ten-foot birdie putt at the tenth to get to 13 under.
The six-time European Tour winner pulled off a phenomenal par save at the 11th, tapping in from 12 feet to stay ahead.
After his tee shot at the 12th came within an inch of going into a bunker, Noren expertly lifted his tricky second shot to within 20 feet of the hole but narrowly missed his birdie putt and had to settle for a par.
But Noren was soon back on the birdie trail, knocking in from six feet at the 15th to get to 12 under before picking up another shot at the 17th.
And Noren finished with a bang, rolling in from around 45 feet at the last to make his sixth birdie of the day.

The 34 year old was delighted with the way he finished his round. He said: "Obviously on 18, it was an amazing feeling because I thought it was a tough putt, and you can easily three-putt that and come off with a sour taste in your mouth.
"Now it feels great. I've three-putted those a lot of times, so sometimes you've got to get lucky.
"I know from experience that it's not that easy to hold leads. Anybody can come from behind and shoot eight under. You never know.
"I'm just trying to work on the things I work on with my coach and with my caddie and if I manage to pull it off, I do, but otherwise, you know, you go on."
Home hope Bland, who is hoping to secure his first European Tour title this week, got off to the perfect start, curling in his birdie putt from nine feet at the first.
He rolled in from close range to pick up another shot at the long second and get to 13 under par.
After safely parring the third, Bland dropped his first shot of the tournament at the fourth after narrowly missing his eight-foot par putt.
But he made pars at each of his next five holes to reach the turn in 34.
After carding a second bogey at the 12th, Bland recovered by rolling in his tricky birdie putt at the 15th to join the group on 12 under.
And the 43 year old tapped in from two feet to make another gain at the last and move to 13 under.
After his third round, Bland said: "Sometimes you've got to get it done a little ugly, and I did that today.
"I said to my caddie, if that's our worst day and we shoot 69, we should be in with a good shout tomorrow depending on what Alex does.
"He's a class player. He's only going to go forwards, and we've got to go and try to catch him."
Par 213 (3x71)
197 A Noren 67 65 65
200 R Bland 67 64 69
201 T Fleetwood 66 67 68, R Sterne 66 68 67, B Wiesberger 68 66 67, P Hanson 70 65 66
202 M Siem 968 65, L Westwood 67 68 67
203 G McDowell 68 68 67

204 S Jamieson 68 65 71, T Hatton 68 66 70, M Warren 66 69 69 (T10)
205 A Johnston 67 65 73 (T15)
207 S Gallacher 70 67 70 (T27)
213 C Lee 70 69 74 (T64)





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