Noren seals Scandinavian Masters win in freak winds

STOCKHOLM, (Reuters) – Home favourite Alexander  Noren battled freak winds as he cruised to a seven-shot victory  at the Scandinavian Masters yesterday.

Noren’s five-over-par 77 gave him a 72-hole total of  15-under 273, with Briton Richard Finch (69) alone in second  place on 280 after shooting the day’s only round in the 60s as  players struggled in the testing conditions.

“I’ve never seen wind like this in Sweden. Every hole was  super tough and even downwind it was hard to choose the clubs,”  world number 92 Noren told the European Tour website  (

“It’s amazing, you see some friendly faces in the crowd and  it’s unbelievable. I’m very happy,” added the Wales Open winning  Swede, who will move into the top 70 after securing his second  title of the season.

Compatriot Niklas Lemke (73) finished in third on five-under  283, while American world number seven Dustin Johnson (74) ended  tied-sixth on 285 with countryman Bubba Watson (78) and two  others.

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