The Swede may have been gaining a reputation for not having one in some quarters, but eight birdies and an eagle, on the 18th after his approach had stopped four feet from the hole, secured a remarkable shift at the BMW PGA Championship, equalling the record for the West Course en route to victory. 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. And just about everyone else in the field for the European Tour's flagship event could only shake their heads in wonder. "The rules official is there for a reason and it was a valid question and he gave me the drop". "You know, the only thing I've tried to do is. play better against a better field and better courses, tougher courses".
"It feels very awesome and very insane, because I had no intention of trying to win this morning", Noren said, who finished hours before the final groups came through.
"I like the way the course is set up this week, nobody can have any excuses".
"I'm very disappointed at the minute", Lowry said.
"I just want to go home and relax for the evening and fly out to America tomorrow and try to have a good week next week at Memorial".
Francesco Molinari was one of the only players to have a blemish free back-nine, carding birdies on the 12th, 17th and 18th holes for a final-round 68 to grab solo second at nine-under-par. Obviously Alex did something quite special today, so it was hard to beat really.
"This was the kind of day I've been waiting for". The work has been carried out over all but a few weeks of the last twelve months."Now I'm in a position to do so"."I'm fairly happy".
"I always feel like I fancy it around here and, even with two mediocre days of ball-striking, if I putt anywhere near my average I'm probably in the top 15 or 20". It's not super narrow, but it's just if you hit it a little bit wayward it can cost you. In truth the Italian was rarely in contention as initially the pre-round leaders, and then the fast finishing Noren, zoomed ahead of Molinari who drove a Ford on a day when everyone else was in a Ferrari. I was shaking over the putt.
"I never had a good game off the tee".
He had three birdies from the third to help him to an outward nine of 30 and came back in 36, one-under par, spoiling his chance to have a bigger lead with bogey at the par-5 18th. "I am little disappointed to not have better than my B or C game, and I certainly paid the price for a couple of errant tee shots today that led to bogeys but I made nearly enough birdies to be out there", he said.