Stenson backing Wentworth winner Noren for major glory

Thanks to a course record 10-under 62 final round, former Cowboy Alex Noren claimed the title at the European Tour's premiere event, the BMW PGA Championship today.

Playing partner Peter Uihlein labelled it "the best round of golf I've ever seen" and Noren conceded it "probably" was, adding: "And I putted probably the best I've ever putted".

A 150-1 shot in the morning, an odds-on certainty just after lunch.

"It feels awesome and insane", Noren said. The first few holes were great fun; that's the most fun I've had on a golf course in a while and it is great to get a taste of that again. "There's a lot of positives although it's hard to kind of see them now".

Westwood who has played this tournament 24 times without winning it was round in 73, one over par, and finished in a tie for 14th spot.

Having been seven shots off the lead heading into the final round, Noren equalled the tournament record for the biggest comeback set by Simon Khan in 2010 and Rory McIlroy in 2014.

It was, however, Noren's day after he started the day seven shots behind the leaders - and compatriot Henrik Stenson believes he is now ready to take the next step and become a Major champion.

Alex Noren poses with the trophy in the locker room after winning the 2017 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

As a gauge of the extraordinary amount of ground he gobbled up with his eight-birdie, one-eagle magnificence, the 34-year-old was in the clubhouse for more than two and half hours waiting for the third-round leaders to finish off.

The Swede picked up his fifth win is less than a year when shooting a final round score of 62 at Wentworth, to finish on 11-under, two shot ahead of Italian Francesco Molinari.

Lowry now travels to America on Monday to play the PGA Tour's Memorial event next week and no doubt, on that long-haul flight Stateside, the Offaly man will replay his Wentworth week and take many positives into the summer after, once again, contending for a high-profile event - his tied sixth place earning a tidy 187,550 Race to Dubai points and some much needed world ranking points. "You know, I didn't even think about it, and I came off the course quite angry yesterday of playing a good round, 2-under, and then kind of chipping into the water from the back of the green on 18".

Starting the day seven shots off the lead, the 13th-ranked Noren made six birdies before rolling in an eagle putt from 6 feet on No. 18 to complete what he described as "probably the best round of my life". He's making progress, and yes, he's had a very impressive year. I've played it three different ways now and I've always enjoyed it because I think this whole week is very special, I think for the whole European Tour and for all the players. Lowry shot a final round of 69, despite two double-bogeys on the back nine.

  • Zachary Reyes