Noren wins British Masters for 3rd European title this year

WATFORD, England (AP) Alex Noren of Sweden held his nerve at the British Masters on Sunday to claim a third European Tour title in his last eight tournaments.

Noren carded a final round of 69 at The Grove to finish on 18-under 266, two shots ahead of Bernd Wiesberger (67), with Lee Westwood (67) a shot further back in third.

A more comfortable victory had looked on the cards when Noren led by four shots after seven holes, only for the 26th-ranked player to bogey the seventh as playing partner Richard Bland holed from 50 feet for birdie.

Noren's lead was down to a single shot when he bogeyed the 11th and he did superbly to save par on the next - thanks to a brilliant recovery shot from the trees.

Wiesberger of Austria briefly joined Noren at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the par-five 15th, only for Noren to do likewise from a near-identical position in the group behind.

With Wiesberger unable to birdie the 18th, Noren knew all he needed was a par to win, but a superb pitch to two feet set up a birdie to cap off a brilliant run of form after victories in the Scottish Open and European Masters.

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