Alexander Noren wins European Masters

By Associated PressSeptember 7, 2009, 4:00 am
European TourCRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland  –   Alexander Noren won the European Masters by two shots over Bradley Dredge on Sunday, shooting a 6-under 66 that included an eagle on No. 15.

Noren finished at 20-under 264 to hold off 2006 winner Dredge, who shot a 65.

Ross McGowan had a 65 to finish third at 267, two ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez (67).

Noren was pleased he held on to his third-round lead after losing from a similar position at a tournament in Portugal in 2007.

“I learned from that because then I thought I had better win because I’m leading. But today I said to myself ‘a lot of guys can shoot low rounds so I had better shoot one myself,”’ the Swede said.

Related Content

Player: Alexander Noren
  • Event: Omega European Masters

The 27-year-old Stockholm native moved to 38th in the Race to Dubai standings.

Charl Schwartzel, second overnight, three-putted the first two holes for bogeys – as Noren birdied both – and never recovered. He went on to shoot 71 for sixth place.

Rory McIlroy, tied for 34th overnight, shared seventh after a closing 64.

Dredge birdied the first and eagled the ninth holes with seven pars in between. He birdied the next two but a bogey on 12 proved costly.

Noren made a key birdie putt from 20 feet at No. 10 and added a birdie on the long 14th before he pitched in from a greenside bunker for his eagle at 15.

“I was relying on him to make mistakes over the last three, but he played great and congratulations to him,” Dredge said. “Second is better than third, but nothing feels like winning. I did everything I could but it wasn’t enough.”

Thongchai Jaidee had a 67 to finish at 270, good for fifth place in the event co-sanctioned for the first time by the Asian Tour.

McIlroy said Saturday he would aim for a possible top-5 finish and had a share of third when he made his fourth birdie in five holes at No. 17.

But McIlroy was distracted by a photographer at No. 18 and cut his drive down a slope. The 20-year-old Irishman had to play out sideways to the fairway and ended up with a bogey.

“I holed a lot more putts than I did the last three days, but I probably walked off a little disappointed. I had three bogeys so it could have been a little better,” said McIlroy, who lost a playoff for the title last year.”

Lee Westwood had his best round of the week, a 5-under 66 for a share of 23rd place.

McIlroy and Westwood remained third and fourth in the Race to Dubai, behind Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey, who are both injured.


Getty Images

Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

Getty Images

Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

Getty Images

Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

Getty Images

McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.