Swede Noren romps 11 shots clear after course record 63

STOCKHOLM, (Reuters) – Swede Alexander Noren was  unstoppable yesterday as he fired a course record nine-under  63 to charge into an 11-shot lead after the Scandinavian Masters  third round.

Twice U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen is the only player to  open a bigger third-round advantage on the European Tour, the  South African having led by 13 strokes on the way to landing the  2002 Johnnie Walker Classic title in Australia.

No one has ever come from more than 10 shots behind to win  on the circuit.
Noren, who finished with a 20-under total of 196, will play  alongside big-hitting American Bubba Watson (69) in the final  round after the Wales Open winner attends a friend’s wedding  later on Saturday where he will drink “water and diet coke”.

“I never thought it would be possible to shoot these scores.  Every shot went the way I wanted. Unreal,” world number 92 Noren  told the tour’s website (www.europeantour.com).

World number 14 Watson likened Noren’s exploits at the Bro  Hof Slott Golf Club to the display of Rory McIlroy at last  month’s U.S. Open where the Northern Irishman won by eight  shots.

“He’s playing so good right now, like McIlroy at the U.S.  Open. When a guy’s playing that good you can only keep going and  do your best,” said Watson.

Noren, who notched seven birdies and an eagle to reclaim the  course record he briefly set on Friday before South Korean Jin  Jeong went one better with a 65, has not had to write a bogey on  his scorecard for 41 holes.
Trailing in his wake on 208, one stroke behind Watson, were  Swede Christian Nilsson (66) and South African Jaco Van Zyl  (70).

World number seven Dustin Johnson (67) of the U.S. was among  a host of players on 211.

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