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Alexander Noren claims Scottish Open

Noren and his trophy (Photo: Getty Images )
Alex Noren claimed the fifth and biggest European Tour victory of his career in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after the Swede put on an ice cool display to claim a one-stroke triumph at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

Entering the final day with a two-shot lead, Noren was composure personified, carding three birdies en route to a final round of 70 to finish top of the pack with a 14 under total – despite the pressure applied by a plethora of contenders.Chief among them was his playing partner Tyrrell Hatton, who signed for a flawless three under par round 69 to finish one shot behind the Swede.

“This is by far the biggest win of my career, with the quality of players who are here, and on a course like this in Scotland, it’s what I dreamed of growing up," said the winner.

“I’m just happy it’s over, because it was a tough, tough leaderboard. A lot of guys were 11, 12 and 13 under, so it was not a comfortable win at all. But thinking about it this morning, how much it would mean to me, it felt so far away but now that it’s happened, it just feels unbelievable.

“A lot of things clicked this week, my chipping was a lot better, my putting was a lot better and my driving was also better. I changed my driver coming into this week, and it definitely helped a lot. It’s an amazing feeling, and hopefully I can carry this confidence and form into The Open next week.”

The chasing pack also included Nicolas Colsaerts, whose round caught fire midway through the back nine with an eagle at the 12th, followed immediately by three successive birdies and another at the last. His six under par 66 saw the Belgian finish in a share of third place on 12 under alongside Danny Lee from New Zealand and Matteo Manassero.

Despite missing out on the title, there was cause for celebration for the Italian as he earned a place in next week’s Open Championship at Troon – as did Hatton, Colsaerts and Richie Ramsay, who finished as the best Scot in a share of sixth place on 11 under par.

Andrew Dodt finished as the leading Australian when he finished 39th aided by an impressive final round of 67.

Scott Hend was 45th but after what had been a great start to the event when he shared the lead after day one it was a disappointing week for the Queenslander as he slipped away to finish 45th.

 

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