European PGA Championship 2017

Round 4 - Alex Noren wins with record 62

May 29, 2017

Sweden's Alex Noren came from seven shots off the pace in the final round to win the European PGA Championship by two shots here at Wentworth on Sunday.

The 34-year-old produced some stunning golf to go round in 62 –- 10-under-par –- for a winning total of 277, 11-under.

It is the second time he has shot a 62 on tour -– he managed it at the Portuguese Open –- and it was his fifth win in the last 11 months following victories at the Scottish Open, European Masters, British Masters and the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 2016.

Italy's Francesco Molinari birdied the last two holes to take second place outright on nine under par after a 68, one shot ahead of Sweden's Henrik Stenson, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Japan's Hideto Tanihara.

Noren assumed he had slipped out of contention on Saturday when he double-bogeyed the 18th and was not entertaining thoughts of victory.

"I didn't even think about it," he said.

"I came off the course angry on Saturday after chipping into the water at the 18th -– but I holed so many putts and that gives you so much confidence and everything seems possible."

His playing partner Peter Uihlein eulogised about the round saying it was the best he had ever seen.

Noren refused to go that far, but admitted: "I putted probably the best I've ever putted."

Colsaerts handed in a 65, including two eagles on the back nine, but was left to rue a double bogey six on the 15th which marred his round.

Noren had four birdies in his outward nine and another four coming home before he holed a 10-foot putt on the par-5 18th for an eagle.

He finished his round two hours before the overnight leaders but no-one in the field managed to come close to threatening him.

He equalled the record for the number of strokes behind a winner of this tournament has come from and now sits alongside Rory McIlory, in 2014, and Simon Khan, in 2010, who also won from seven behind.

Stenson was full of praise for his compatriot.

"He went out early and played a great round. It must be a lot of good stuff in there to shoot 62, that's for sure," said Stenson.

"He timed it right, a good one; when the last groups hit 9, it started raining heavily and we played in some rain for a couple of holes there. I'm sure he wasn't crying in the clubhouse at that point."

Veteran Englishman Lee Westwood's challenge faded after he teed off in the penultimate group.

Westwood, who has played this tournament 24 times without winning it, was round in 73, one over par, and finished in a tie for 14th spot.

Round 3 - Andrew Dodt edges ahead

May 28, 2017

Andrew Dodt of Australia will take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the BMW PGA Championship after shooting a 4-under 68 in the third round on Saturday.

South Africa's Branden Grace is a shot behind Dodt, a two-time winner on the European Tour, after a 70 at Wentworth.

Lee Westwood (72) and overnight co-leader Francesco Molinari (74) are a further two shots back.

Thomas Pieters and Scott Jamieson shared the lead with Molinari after the second round of the tour's signature event but shot 78 and 76, respectively, to drop off the leaderboard.

Dodt's two wins came at the Avantha Masters in India in 2010 and the True Thailand Classic in 2015.

Round 2 - Trio share halfway lead

May 27, 2017

Belgian Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters, Italy's Francesco Molinari, and Scotland's Scott Jamieson shared the halfway lead in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday.

The trio sit on 7-under-par overall, one shot ahead of German golfer Max Kieffer.

Pieters, who tied for fourth at the Masters in his last tournament last month, recorded a round of 3-under 69 to set the target for the late starters.

Molinari dropped two shots on the opening nine but roared back into contention with three birdies in the closing six holes, including at 17 and 18, for a 70.

Jamieson dropped three shots in his first three holes to fall five off the lead, but a run of six birdies in seven holes around the turn saw him surge back up the leaderboard. He carded 70, too.

Henrik Stenson (71) and Lee Westwood (69) were two shots behind the leaders, along with Branden Grace (71) and former champion Byeong-hun An (69).

Olympic champion Justin Rose needed an eagle on the final hole to make the cut. Rose sat on 2 over.

Ian Poulter, who returned to form with second place in the Players Championship at Sawgrass last week, described his putting as ''pathetic'' despite a second round of 69.

The Englishman, eight shots off the halfway lead, said: ''I had really good opportunities to birdie all the way back into the clubhouse and I didn't do it.''

Round 1 - Johan Carlsson leads with opening 66

May 26, 2017

Sweden's Johan Carlsson leads the European PGA Championship at Wentworth after shooting a first round 66, six-under par in the first round on Thursday.

Carlsson holds a one shot advantage over Italy's Francesco Molinari, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, from Thailand, who all handed in 67s.

There were a cluster of players a further shot back on 68 including British Open champion Henrik Stenson and his fellow Swede Alex Noren, the world number 13, as the field enjoyed perfect scoring conditions on a revamped West Course without ripping it to pieces.

Carlsson missed six successive cuts recently but found some form at the China Open where he finished 24th and in Sicily last week where he was 18th.

He had three birdies from the third to help him to an outward nine of 30 and came back in 36, one-under par, spoiling his chance to have a bigger lead with bogey at the par-5 18th.

Despite his poor form earlier this season the 30-year-old has always had one eye on this tournament -– the European Tour's flagship event.

"This week is a big week and I've always had that goal in mind," he said after his round.

"This is going to be a tournament to get it around no matter what; play with what you have, and that's what I did.

"I didn't try to hit any super fancy shots. I just played with what I had and I think that was the key to success, what I've been doing kind of into this tournament."

Aphibarnrat was out in 31 and held his back nine together whilst Molinari made the most of the two finishing par-5s, recording birdies at both.

Stenson, who won the British Open at Troon last summer, missed three cuts in the United States before finishing tied for 16th at the Players' Championship at Sawgrass and did not get his round going until the back nine.

He was level par going out before racking up four birdies coming home to get to within two shots of his countryman Carlsson.

Another on four-under par was Ireland's Shane Lowry along with Welshman Bradley Dredge and Italy's Nino Bertasio and South African Branden Grace.

Defending champion Chris Wood was round in 72, level par, and joked he would like to see the new greens replaced by the ones from last year.

Four of the putting surfaces have been rebuilt, and five modified, after complaints from the players but Wood would have preferred it if the organisers had stuck with what they had.

"I wish I could take them up and put the old ones back," he said.

"I didn't have any confidence from inside four or five feet. But you can't blame the greens -– I suppose it's just a case of me getting used to them."

England's Ian Poulter, who appeared rejuvenated after finishing second in the Players' Championship, needs a high finish here to boost his chances of making next month's US Open.

But he is up against it after a 76, four-over par, which included a solitary birdie.

Scores

1 SWE Alexander Noren -11 18 -10 68 75 72 62 277
2 ITA Francesco Molinari -9 18 -4 67 70 74 68 279
T3 SWE Henrik Stenson -8 18 -4 68 71 73 68 280
T3 JPN Hideto Tanihara -8 18 -4 76 69 67 68 280
T3 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -8 18 -7 71 75 69 65 280
T6 AUS Andrew Dodt -7 18 1 70 70 68 73 281
T6 ENG Graeme Storm -7 18 -4 68 72 73 68 281
T6 IRL Shane Lowry -7 18 -3 68 74 70 69 281
T9 RSA Branden Grace -6 18 1 68 71 70 73 282
T9 RSA Dean Burmester -6 18 -7 69 76 72 65 282
T9 ENG Ross Fisher -6 18 -3 68 73 72 69 282
T12 ENG Justin Rose -5 18 -5 72 74 70 67 283
T12 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick -5 18 -6 73 73 71 66 283
T14 SWE Alexander Bjoerk -4 18 -6 70 75 73 66 284
T14 RSA Jaco Van Zyl -4 18 -5 71 69 77 67 284
T14 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat -4 18 -1 67 75 71 71 284
T14 ENG Lee Westwood -4 18 1 70 69 72 73 284
T14 ITA Nino Bertasio -4 18 -2 68 73 73 70 284
T14 SCO Scott Jamieson -4 18 -1 67 70 76 71 284
T14 BEL Thomas Pieters -4 18 -3 68 69 78 69 284
T21 ENG Andrew Johnston -3 18 Par 73 68 72 72 285
T21 SWE Peter Hanson -3 18 -4 70 73 74 68 285
T21 SCO Stephen Gallacher -3 18 -3 73 73 70 69 285
T24 KOR Byeong-Hun An -2 18 Par 70 69 75 72 286
T24 NED Joost Luiten -2 18 Par 71 71 72 72 286
T24 GER Maximilian Kieffer -2 18 1 70 68 75 73 286
T24 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -2 18 -6 71 74 75 66 286
T24 AUS Scott Hend -2 18 -3 71 75 71 69 286
T24 FRA Victor Dubuisson -2 18 -2 73 70 73 70 286
T30 ENG Andy Sullivan -1 18 -2 71 75 71 70 287
T30 AUT Bernd Wiesberger -1 18 Par 71 70 74 72 287
T30 GER Florian Fritsch -1 18 -1 70 75 71 71 287
T30 CHN Haotong Li -1 18 -5 69 76 75 67 287
T30 ITA Matteo Manassero -1 18 -4 73 71 75 68 287
T30 IRL Paul Dunne -1 18 -3 71 75 72 69 287
T30 USA Peter Uihlein -1 18 Par 74 69 72 72 287
T30 SCO Richie Ramsay -1 18 1 69 74 71 73 287
T30 DEN Soren Kjeldsen -1 18 -1 71 71 74 71 287
T30 ENG Tyrrell Hatton -1 18 2 69 72 72 74 287
T40 ENG Anthony Wall Par 18 -2 73 72 73 70 288
T40 GER Bernd Ritthammer Par 18 -3 71 74 74 69 288
T40 WAL Bradley Dredge Par 18 3 68 76 69 75 288
T40 ENG Ian Poulter Par 18 -2 76 69 73 70 288
T40 ENG Jordan Smith Par 18 2 72 71 71 74 288
T40 ESP Jorge Campillo Par 18 Par 72 73 71 72 288
T40 ENG Oliver Fisher Par 18 1 70 70 75 73 288
T40 USA Paul Peterson Par 18 -2 74 72 72 70 288
48 ENG David Howell 1 18 -2 71 73 75 70 289
T49 ENG Chris Wood 2 18 -1 72 74 73 71 290
T49 SCO David Drysdale 2 18 Par 75 71 72 72 290
T51 FRA Alexander Levy 3 18 Par 71 75 73 72 291
T51 ENG David Horsey 3 18 -1 71 74 75 71 291
T51 RSA Ernie Els 3 18 Par 71 73 75 72 291
T54 ENG Daniel Brooks 4 18 1 70 75 74 73 292
T54 SWE Niclas Fasth 4 18 5 71 73 71 77 292
T54 THA Thongchai Jaidee 4 18 Par 72 72 76 72 292
57 DEN Thomas Bjorn 5 18 -1 75 71 76 71 293
T58 FRA Benjamin Hebert 6 18 4 71 72 75 76 294
T58 ENG Danny Willett 6 18 1 72 73 76 73 294
T58 SWE Johan Carlsson 6 18 2 66 73 81 74 294
T58 IND Shiv Chawrasia 6 18 3 73 72 74 75 294
T62 FRA Gregory Bourdy 8 18 5 72 73 74 77 296
T62 FIN Mikko Ilonen 8 18 3 70 76 75 75 296
64 FRA Sebastien Gros 11 18 3 71 75 78 75 299
65 ENG Luke Donald 12 18 4 75 68 81 76 300
66 FRA Romain Wattel 13 18 3 73 73 80 75 301
T67 ESP Alvaro Quiros 3 - 72 74 73 - - 147
T67 IRL Damien McGrane 3 - 72 74 73 - - 147
T67 RSA Darren Fichardt 3 - 72 74 73 - - 147
T67 USA David Lipsky 3 - 72 73 74 - - 147
T67 CHI Felipe Aguilar 3 - 72 74 73 - - 147
T67 ENG James Morrison 3 - 72 73 74 - - 147
T67 DNK Lasse Jensen 3 - 72 73 74 - - 147
T67 SCO Marc Warren 3 - 72 75 72 - - 147
T67 AUS Marcus Fraser 3 - 72 71 76 - - 147
T67 IRL Padraig Harrington 3 - 72 73 74 - - 147
T67 SCO Paul Lawrie 3 - 72 72 75 - - 147
T67 FRA Raphael Jacquelin 3 - 72 72 75 - - 147
T67 RSA Richard Sterne 3 - 72 69 78 - - 147
T67 SWE Rikard Karlberg 3 - 72 71 76 - - 147
T67 SCO Russell Knox 3 - 72 73 74 - - 147
T82 ESP Carlos Pigem 4 - 72 74 74 - - 148
T82 ESP Eduardo De La Riva 4 - 72 69 79 - - 148
T82 WAL Jamie Donaldson 4 - 72 73 75 - - 148
T82 AUS Jason Scrivener 4 - 72 75 73 - - 148
T82 ENG Paul Waring 4 - 72 73 75 - - 148
T82 ENG Robert Rock 4 - 72 75 73 - - 148
T82 DEN Thorbjorn Olesen 4 - 72 78 70 - - 148
T82 RSA Trevor Immelman 4 - 72 76 72 - - 148
T82 AUS Wade Ormsby 4 - 72 74 74 - - 148
T91 ESP Adrian Otaegui 5 - 72 73 76 - - 149
T91 ENG Chris Hanson 5 - 72 77 72 - - 149
T91 FRA Gary Stal 5 - 72 78 71 - - 149
T91 RSA George Coetzee 5 - 72 73 76 - - 149
T91 ESP Nacho Elvira 5 - 72 75 74 - - 149
T91 KOR Jeung-Hun Wang 5 - 72 70 79 - - 149
T91 GER Martin Kaymer 5 - 72 76 73 - - 149
T91 SWE Pelle Edberg 5 - 72 76 73 - - 149
T91 FRA Romain Langasque 5 - 72 76 73 - - 149
T91 ENG Tommy Fleetwood 5 - 72 72 77 - - 149
T101 GER Alexander Knappe 6 - 72 71 79 - - 150
T101 RSA Brandon Stone 6 - 72 76 74 - - 150
T101 NIR Darren Clarke 6 - 72 73 77 - - 150
T101 FRA Gregory Havret 6 - 72 73 77 - - 150
T101 RSA Justin Walters 6 - 72 76 74 - - 150
T101 SWE Magnus A. Carlsson 6 - 72 77 73 - - 150
T101 FRA Matthieu Pavon 6 - 72 74 76 - - 150
T101 FIN Mikko Korhonen 6 - 72 75 75 - - 150
T101 ESP Pep Angles 6 - 72 75 75 - - 150
T101 THA Phachara Khongwatmai 6 - 72 75 75 - - 150
T101 ENG Richard Bland 6 - 72 76 74 - - 150
T101 SWE Robert Karlsson 6 - 72 76 74 - - 150
T101 NZL Ryan Fox 6 - 72 74 76 - - 150
T101 KOR Soo-Min Lee 6 - 72 73 77 - - 150
T101 RSA Thomas Aiken 6 - 72 73 77 - - 150
T116 ENG Chris Gane 7 - 72 76 75 - - 151
T116 RSA Dylan Frittelli 7 - 72 77 74 - - 151
T116 ITA Edoardo Molinari 7 - 72 77 74 - - 151
T116 PAR Fabrizio Zanotti 7 - 72 75 76 - - 151
T116 SCO Greig Hutcheon 7 - 72 75 76 - - 151
T116 RSA Haydn Porteous 7 - 72 76 75 - - 151
T116 SWE Kristoffer Broberg 7 - 72 75 76 - - 151
T116 ENG Lee Slattery 7 - 72 73 78 - - 151
T116 ENG Matthew Southgate 7 - 72 74 77 - - 151
T116 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera 7 - 72 75 76 - - 151
T116 ENG Paul Streeter 7 - 72 77 74 - - 151
T116 POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia 7 - 72 74 77 - - 151
T128 ESP Alejandro Canizares 8 - 72 78 74 - - 152
T128 ENG Paul Hendriksen 8 - 72 78 74 - - 152
T128 RSA Zander Lombard 8 - 72 76 76 - - 152
T131 SWE Joakim Lagergren 9 - 72 75 78 - - 153
T131 GER Marcel Siem 9 - 72 74 79 - - 153
T131 ENG Matt Wallace 9 - 72 76 77 - - 153
T131 ENG Matthew Cort 9 - 72 73 80 - - 153
T131 ENG Simon Dyson 9 - 72 74 79 - - 153
T136 ENG Chris Paisley 10 - 72 79 75 - - 154
T136 SCO Graham Fox 10 - 72 75 79 - - 154
T136 ITA Renato Paratore 10 - 72 75 79 - - 154
T139 USA Daniel Im 11 - 72 79 76 - - 155
T139 FRA Julien Quesne 11 - 72 77 78 - - 155
T139 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard 11 - 72 73 82 - - 155
T139 ENG Phillip Archer 11 - 72 76 79 - - 155
T139 AUS Sam Brazel 11 - 72 80 75 - - 155
144 ENG Sam Walker 12 - 72 81 75 - - 156
145 RSA Hennie Otto 13 - 72 76 81 - - 157
146 IRL Neil O'Briain 15 - 72 82 77 - - 159
147 ENG Robert Coles 17 - 72 77 84 - - 161
RET AUS Nathan Holman 8 6 224 - - - - 0
RET AUS Brett Rumford 11 - 144 83 - - - 83
DSQ ENG Callum Shinkwin 11 - 72 78 77 - - 155