Sunday, 13 November 2016
Alex Noren  (Getty Images)
Alex Noren (Getty Images)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2016 – NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE HOSTED BY GARY PLAYER

• His eighth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 225th official European Tour event.

• Moves to 3,367,126 points in the Race to Dubai.

• Could move to inside the top ten and go to as high as ninth in the Official World Gold Ranking, from 17th. 

• Becomes the fourth different Swede to enter the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking, should he achieve the feat. The other Swedes are Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson and Jesper Parnevik.

• His fourth victory of the 2016 European Tour season. His wins are: Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Omega European Masters, British Masters supported by Sky Sports and Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

• Becomes the first four-time winner of the 2016 European Tour season.

• Becomes the first Swede in European Tour history to win four times in a single season.

• The first four-time winner on the European Tour since Rory McIlroy won four times in the 2014 season.

• Joins Seve Ballesteros (1978, 85, 86, 88), Ernie Els (2003), Sir Nick Faldo (1983, 92), Miguel Angel Jiménez (2004), Martin Kaymer (2010), Bernhard Langer (1984, 97), Colin Montgomerie (1999), Lee Westwood (1998, 2000),Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, 01, 02, 05, 06), Ian Woosnam (1987, 90, 96) and Rory McIlroy (2014), as players to win four or more official events in the same European Tour season.

• To highlight his amazing run of recent form. It took him 214 events to win his first four European Tour titles. The next four have come from a mere 11 appearances.

OTHER FACTS

• Continues with his outstanding 2016 form. This victory is his eighth top ten finish in his last 18 appearances. Was tied sixth in the Real Club Valderrama Open de España hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, tied ninth in the Volvo China Open, tied eighth in the 100th Open de France, first in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, second in the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play, first in the Omega European Masters, first in the British Masters supported by Sky Sports and now first again in the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

• Has won all four of his events this season in his last 11 European Tour events. 

• Dating back to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open has now won a total of €3,053,682.

• Victory comes in his debut appearance in the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

• The 106th Swedish victory in European Tour history.

• The sixth Swedish victory of the 2016 European Tour season. They are: Henrik Stenson (BMW International Open and The 145th Open Championship) and Alex Noren (Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Omega European Masters, British Masters supported by Sky Sports and Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player).

• Began the final day six shots behind Jeunghun Wang. This is the largest final round winning comeback of the 2016 season, beating the four shots made up by Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open.

• His final round of 63 matches the lowest final round by a winner on the 2016 season. The other players to shoot this figure are: Charl Schwartzel (Tshwane Open), Henrik Stenson (The 145th Open Championship) and Joost Luiten (KLM Open).

• His final round of 63 (-9) is the lowest final round by a winner in relation to par beating the 63 (-8) of Henrik Stenson (The 145th Open Championship), Joost Luiten (KLM Open) and 64 (-8) by Li Haotong (Volvo China Open).

• His six shot winning margin equals the largest since the event became part of the European Tour, set by Marc Leishman in December 2015 (part of the 2016 season).

• The 18th win this season by a player making up a final round deficit.

• Only the second of his eight European Tour victories where he has made up a final round deficit. The only previous occasion was the 2016 Omega European Masters, making up one shot.

• Gains his ninth win as a professional worldwide.

• Becomes the 18th victory of the 2016 European Tour season by a former European Challenge Tour player They are: Brandon Stone (BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni), Haydn Porteous (Joburg Open), Branden Grace (Commercial Bank Qatar Masters), Marcus Fraser (Maybank Championship Malaysia), Louis Oosthuizen (ISPS HANDA Perth International), Andrew Johnston (Real Club Valderrama Open de España hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Nordea Masters), Henrik Stenson (BMW International Open, The 145th Open Championship), Alex Noren (Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Omega European Masters, British Masters supported by Sky Sports and Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player), Anthony Wall (Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play), Joost Luiten (KLM Open), Alexander Levy (Porsche European Open), Tyrrell Hatton (Alfred Dunhill Links Championship) and Thorbjørn Olesen (Turkish Airlines Open).

• Becomes the 390th European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1NOREN, AlexSWE18-14
2WANG, JeunghunKOR18-8
T3CAÑIZARES, AlejandroESP18-7
T3GOUVEIA, RicardoPOR18-7
T3DUBUISSON, VictorFRA18-7
T3GRACE, BrandenRSA18-7

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