Record 62 earns Noren title at Wentworth

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen watches the flight of he ball during day one of BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club near Virginia Water England Thursday

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen watches the flight of he ball during day one of BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club near Virginia Water England Thursday

Which is understandable. Teeing-off nearly two hours before the 54-hole leaders and six strokes off the pace, Noren made eight birdies and a closing eagle to shoot 62 over the newly re-vamped Burma Road course, win for the fifth time in the last 10 months and claim $1,166,660, the biggest share of the $7 million prize fund in the first of the European Tour's eight-strong Rolex Series of elite events.

The 34-year-old holed eight birdies and an eagle to finish on 11 under, with Italy's Francesco Molinari moving up to second after a four-under 68.

"It would be hard not to say that you can't see a major for him in the future if he keeps on playing like that", Stenson said to reporters after he ended in a share of third spot, three strokes behind the victor.

Branden Grace took the early lead with birdies on the second and fourth holes, but a double-bogey on the 12th was followed by another blemish on the 15th for him to drop out of the race at six-under-par.

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"I've played patient and sensible golf and approached it a bit like a major - playing away from certain pins, taking irons off some tees".

The lone Indian in the field, Chawrasia, victor of European Tour's Hero Indian Open last two years in a row, had up-and-down patches.

"I wasn't thinking much of the deficit".

"My putting was the best it's ever been", said Noren, who won a first prize of 894,000 pounds ($1.14 million). He's making progress, and yes, he's had a very impressive year.

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Scott Jamieson, Thomas Pieters and Francesco Molinari held a three-way share of the lead after the first two rounds, but they all carded over-par rounds on Saturday as many of those who made the cut found Wentworth more hard to deal with in windy conditions.

"I've just got a little bit exhausted". I saw her when I was 20, 21 and then like any golfer I was trying to get better with someone else, but I came back to her. Yeah, a lot of positives, I suppose.

It was, however, Noren's day after he started the day seven shots behind the leaders - and compatriot Henrik Stenson believes he is now ready to take the next step and become a Major champion.

While Noren was getting ready to party, Englishman Justin Rose was bracing himself for a hard conversation with Jack Nicklaus, still the greatest name in golf.

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"It feels incredible. I've been in the players' lounge for the last two hours". But that and scoreboard pressure had their effect as the birdies dried up and Noren's lead, which the Swede thought was catchable just after he finished and he was ready for a play-off, began to look more and more unassailable. "I knew I had a shot at the 62 but it's not the easiest eagle hole", he said.

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