Sunday, 20 August 2006

Alexander Noren closed out his maiden Challenge Tour victory at the Rolex Trophy with a one under par 71 to take the title by three strokes from his fellow countryman Johan Axgren and England’s Gareth Davies.

Noren, who produced a magnificent ten under par 62 to open up a five stroke lead during the third round, held his nerve to resist the challenge of Axgren and Davies and pick up the first prize of €17,000.

That moved him to third place on the Challenge Tour Rankings with season’s earnings of €65,552, which should be good enough to secure his European Tour card for next season as one of the Challenge Tour’s top 20 players come the end of the season in October.

His previous best result of the year was second place in Costa Rica when he lost out to Axgren in a sudden-death play-off for the Kai Fieberg Costa Rica Open 2006, but he went some way to erasing the pain of that defeat by winning at the Golf Club de Genève with scores of 66-67-62-71.

“It was a lot tougher than yesterday but I got the job done,” said Noren. “I knew that if I could get under par then the guys behind me would have to go very low to beat me and I managed to do that.

“I’m very happy. I am close to getting my European Tour card for next year now so I am going to go and celebrate well tonight.

“I think this can be very important for me. I know that I can win now and can take so much confidence from that. You never know that you can win until you do it – no matter how many people tell you that you can do it, so this feels pretty special.”

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