Composed Noren claims British Masters title


Alex Noren sealed his third European Tour title of a fruitful year with a two-shot victory in the British Masters on Sunday.

The Swede took a three-stroke advantage into the final round at The Grove and finished with a two-under 69 to ensure 2016 will go down as the most prosperous year of his career to date.

Noren completed the job in style, chipping to within a foot of the hole at 18 and tapping in for his fourth birdie of the day to end the week 18 under and become the first man to win three European Tour titles this year.

The Stockholm-born 34-year-old, who has also won the European Masters and the Scottish Open in 2016, started with back-to-back birdies and as many in the last four holes after dropping shots at the eighth and 11th - which reduced his lead to a solitary shot.

Noren now has seven European Tour victories to his name and could rise into the top 20 in the world rankings for the first time, having won three of his last eight tournaments.

Bernd Wiesberger moved level with Noren on 16 under when his 12-foot birdie putt dropped at the 15th, but finished second after signing for a four-under 67 on a day in which play was delayed in the morning due to flooded greens.

The in-form Austrian has four successive top-10 finishes, but missed out on a first title of the year after that gain at 15 - his fifth of the round - was followed by three pars.

A third 67 of the week enabled home favourite Lee Westwood finished three shots off the lead in third, with Alexander Levy, Graeme McDowell, Tommy Fleetwood, Peter Hanson and Richard Bland tied for fourth on 13 under.

Richard Sterne and Marcel Siem had been in the mix at the start of the day, but the duo dropped down the leaderboard after closing rounds of 71.