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Noren cruises to victory

Alex Noren tees off in Malmo en route to victory
Alex Noren tees off in Malmo en route to victory

Sweden's Alex Noren cruised to his second Nordea Masters title and a first European Tour victory for four years at a windswept PGA Sweden National in Malmo.

Noren carded a closing 71 to finish 12 under par, four shots ahead of Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, who ended a winless drought of six years with victory in the Irish Open last week.

The 32-year-old took a two-shot lead into the final round and after a bogey on the second saw his advantage cut in half, never looked like being caught in the tough 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.

That left Noren 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.

Soderberg dropped shots on the 15th and 18th to finish in a tie for third with Kieffer, Alexander Levy and Jens Dantorp, with world number four Henrik Stenson another two shots back after a disappointing 74.