Alexander Noren and his amateur partner Ernesto Bertarelli (Getty Images)
Alexander Noren and Ernesto Bertarelli won the team event in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a combined score of 36 under par.
The duo finished level with Thongchai Jaidee and his amateur partner Hugh Connerty Jnr, who had led overnight, but won because Noren’s final round of 69 was four shots better than Jaidee’s closing effort.
Noren first met Swiss-Italian entrepreneur Bertarelli during the 2006 Rolex Trophy on the Challenge Tour, a tournament the Swede won.
Noren said: “I’ve known Ernesto for five or six years now, and we had a lot of fun this week. I was quite nervous for him coming down the stretch because I know how much it would’ve meant to him to win this week, so I was so happy we managed to get the job done in the end.”
Bertarelli, who is a member of Golf de Genève where the Rolex Trophy is played, founded the yachting syndicate Team Alinghi, which won the America’s Cup at their first attempt in 2003.
He said: “It feels fantastic. I didn’t want to think about winning this morning, because we were a long way behind. But we kept fighting, and Alex played really well so I was just pleased to help him out when I could.”