BMW PGA: Alex Noren fires course-record 62 to win at Wentworth
By Keith Jackson at Wentworth
Last Updated: 28/05/17 9:39pm
Alex Noren fired a stunning course-record 62 to claim the biggest victory of his career at the BMW PGA Championship.
Noren was in a class of his own on the final day at Wentworth as he blitzed the West Course for eight birdies before an eagle at the last capped a magnificent display of ball striking and a two-shot win.
The Swede, a four-time winner on the European Tour in a lucrative 2016 season, played the final seven holes in six under par as he emulated Rory McIlroy in coming from seven shots behind to land the title.
Noren got the start he wanted as he birdied three of the first four holes and added another at the seventh to get within striking distance of the leaders, and he followed a run of four pars around the turn with three consecutive birdies from the 12th.
His red-hot putter found the target again at the 16th as he vaulted into a share of the lead, which he then claimed outright with a sensational five-iron second to five feet at the closing hole.
Noren confidently rattled in the putt for eagle to set the clubhouse target at 11 under, and his score did not come under serious threat as his closest rivals faltered down the stretch.
Francesco Molinari won a tight race for outright second when he birdied the final two holes to return a 68, sneaking ahead of Open champion Henrik Stenson, Nicolas Colsaerts and Hideto Tanihara, while Shane Lowry took himself out of contention with big mistakes at 15 and 17.
Lowry, runner-up to McIlroy in 2014, raced out of the blocks with five birdies in six holes from the second which saw him jump into a share of the lead on nine under, but his form deserted him after turning in 30.
The Irishman's chances effectively ended when he snap-hooked his drive out-of-bounds at the 15th and ran up a six, and he scrapped his way to a double-bogey seven at the 17th before lifting his spirits with an eagle at the last to finish comfortably in the top 10 at seven under.
Tanihara picked up four shots in five holes on the front nine and another birdie at 12 got him into a tie for the lead, but the putts dried up for the Japanese star and he dropped his only shot of the day at 15 and parred in to finish tied for second with Stenson, Molinari and Colsaerts.
Stenson looked on course for a repeat of his remarkable Open winning round at Royal Troon last July when he made three straight birdies from the second and another at the seventh.
The Swede followed a bogey at nine with back-to-back birdies to start the inward nine, but dropped shots at 13 and 15 left him with too much ground to make up on his countryman, although a birdie at the last ensured a share of third.
Colsaerts had earlier proved a low score was possible as he posted an entertaining 65 which featured eagles at the 12th and 18th holes, but the Belgian was left to rue a double-bogey at the 15th after his clubhouse lead was snatched away by Noren.
Overnight leader Andrew Dodt stumbled to a 73 to finish in a tie for sixth on seven under alongside Lowry and Graeme Storm (68), with Ross Fisher a further stroke adrift with South African pair Branden Grace and Dean Burmester.
Grace was one of several players tied for the lead midway through the final round, but he failed to get his ball out of a ditch at the 12th and ended up taking seven, while he also dropped shots at 15 and 18 to card a 73.