Hot putter key for Wentworth winner Alex Noren


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Alex Noren felt a stunning day with the putter was crucial in helping him secure victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Swede came from seven shots off the lead with a course record 62 in the final round on the West Course to win by two shots.

Noren fired eight birdies in a blemish-free round before making an eagle three on the par-five 18th hole.

That was enough to post an 11-under tally in the clubhouse and, with rain coming down, those left on the course faltered one by one leaving Noren to win with something to spare.

It was a remarkable turnaround for the 34-year-old, who had begun the final day in a shire of 21st place.

Francesco Molinari birdied the final two holes to finish second on nine under, a shot ahead of another Swede, Henrik Stenson, who joined Hideto Tanihara and Nicolas Colsaerts in a share third place.

“I putted probably the best I’ve ever putted,” said the winner. “It’s a tough course mentally coming down the stretch.

It’s not super narrow, but it’s just if you hit it a little bit wayward it can cost you.

“I wasn’t thinking much of the deficit. I was just trying to play a good round of golf and get into next week [the Nordea Masters in Sweden] on a high.

“I was pretty angry after the third round and then took a long rest and tried to just have a good day. I came out holing putts on one and two, so anything can happen from there.”

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