Norda Masters: Alex Noren wins title by four shots in Malmo

Alex Noren
Alex Noren played only two tournaments last year because of tendonitis
Norda Masters final round leaderboard
-12 A Noren (Swe); -8 S Kjeldsen (Den); -6 A Levy (Fra), J Dantrop (Swe), S Soderberg (Swe), M Kieffer (Ger); -5 F Zanotti (Par), L Slattery (Eng), J Blixt (Swe), B Ritthammer (Ger), T Murray (Eng)

Sweden's Alex Noren sealed his second Nordea Masters title with a one-under final-round 71 to win by four shots at PGA Sweden National in Malmo.

The 32-year-old finished 12-under for the tournament with Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen (71) in second.

Noren, who missed most of last year with tendonitis, said: "Last year this moment seemed a very long way off."

England's Lee Slattery (70) and Tom Murray (71) were the highest placed Britons on five-under.

Noren took a two-shot lead into the final round and despite a bogey on the second that cut his advantage in half, he never looked like being caught in windy conditions.

Playing partner Max Kieffer had matched Noren's birdie on the first but then ran up a double bogey on the fourth, where his tee shot hit a male spectator on the head, and also double-bogeyed the next after his second shot caught the lip of a fairway bunker.

Noren eased four shots clear of the chasing pack and although Sebastian Soderberg and then Kjeldsen got within three, Noren reeled off 15 straight pars before a birdie on the last sealed a fourth European Tour title in the same event which provided his third in 2011.

The winner added: "It was pretty much the toughest weekend I've ever felt. When you are in the lead especially you think a lot and it was so tough."

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