Name:Alexander "Alex" Norén
Born:July 12, 1982 in Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden.
Original/Home Club:Haninge GC
Played as the HNA Open de France (Jun 28-Jul 1; third of eight Eurpn Tr Rolex Series events). Second-placed Russel Knox (Scot), Julian Suri (USA) and Chris Wood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Norén (Swe), who recorded his tenth European Tour win. [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
Played as the BMW PGA Championship (May 25-28; first of eight Eurpn Tr Rolex Series events, with prize fund now in US dollars). Second-placed Francesco Molinari (Italy) finished 2 shots behind Noren (Swe), whose final round 62 was the lowest shot in a European Tour final round on the West course. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as the Omega European Masters (Sept 1-4; Eurpn/Asian tours event). Noren (Swe) beat Scott Hend (Aus) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th) to record his second win in this event. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
Played as the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (July 7-10). Second-placed Tyrrell Hatton (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Alex Norén (Swe), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Castle Stuart Links, nr Inverness, Scotland].
Played as the British Masters supported by Sky Sports (Oct 13-16; hosted by Luke Donald). Second-placed Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) finished 2 shots behind Noren (Swe), who recorded his third European Tour win of 2016. [The Grove, Chandler's Cross, nr London, England].
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Nov 9-12; second of three Eurpn Tr Final Series events). Second-placed Jeunghun Wang (S Kor) finished 6 shots behind Noren (Swe), who recorded his fourth European Tour win of 2016. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
Played as the Nordea Masters (June 4-7). Second-placed Søren Kjeldsen (Den) finished 4 shots behind Alex Norén (Swe), who won this title for the second time. [Lakes course, PGA of Sweden Natl GC, Malmo, Sweden].
Played as the Saab Wales Open (June 2-5). Second-placed Grégory Bourdy (Fra) and Anders Hansen (Den) finished 2 shots behind Alex Norén (Swe), who claimed his second European Tour win. [Twenty Ten course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales].
Played as the Nordea Masters (July 21-24). Second-placed Richard Finch (Eng) finished 7 shots behind Alex Norén (Swe), whose 63 (-9) on Saturday was followed by an untidy 77 (+5) on the final day. [Stadium course, Bro Hof Slott GC, nr Stockholm, Sweden].
Played as the Omega European Masters (Sept 3-6; Eurpn/Asian Trs event). Second-placed Bradley Dredge (Wales) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Noren (Swe). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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