Alex Noren let his sixth European Tour victory slip away when he lost in the final of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play last month.
But he only had to wait one event to get over that hump.
Noren, 34, came into the final round of the Omega European Masters one off Scott Hend’s lead, but fired a 5-under 65 to force Hend to extra holes, which Noren promptly ended by rolling a 30-foot birdie putt dead in the heart on the first playoff hole for the win.
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The triumph was Noren’s second of the season, as he captured the Scottish Open in July, and the sixth of his European Tour career. He also previously won the Omega European Masters in 2009.
“It feels amazing to be among Seve Ballesteros and Thomas Bjørn to win two Omega European Masters titles,” Noren said. “I’ve seen the boards showing who won multiple Omega European Masters titles walking to the course so it is great.”
Hend, who failed to capitalize on a 54-hole lead despite posting a final-round 66, can at least take solace that he already has a European Tour win this season (True Thailand Classic) and two overall. The Aussie actually got a boost of fortune just to reach the playoff. Hend was two strokes down with nine to play but had surged back into a share of the lead by the 18th. It was there, though, that his second shot seemed destined for the water before bouncing over it and through the back of the green.
The up-and-down for par bought the 43-year-old one extra hole.
Noren and Hend each finished the week at 17 under. Andrew “Beef” Johnston was next closest at 14 under, and Lee Westwood made a big final-round charge thanks to a 63 to move to 12 under and solo fourth.
Noren moves to eighth in the Race to Dubai standings with the win.
– Information from the European Tour was used in this report