Sunday, September 06, 2009

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland(AP) Alexander Noren won the European Masters by two shots over Bradley Dredge on Sunday, shooting a 6-under 66 that included an eagle on No. 15.

Noren finished at 20-under 264 to hold off 2006 winner Dredge, who shot a 65.

Ross McGowan had a 65 to finish third at 267, two ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez (67).

Noren was pleased he held on to his third-round lead after losing from a similar position at a tournament in Portugal in 2007.

``I learned from that because then I thought I had better win because I'm leading. But today I said to myself 'a lot of guys can shoot low rounds so I had better shoot one myself,''' the Swede said.

The 27-year-old Stockholm native moved to 38th in the Race to Dubai standings.

Charl Schwartzel, second overnight, three-putted the first two holes for bogeys - as Noren birdied both - and never recovered. He went on to shoot 71 for sixth place.

Rory McIlroy, tied for 34th overnight, shared seventh after a closing 64.

Dredge birdied the first and eagled the ninth holes with seven pars in between. He birdied the next two but a bogey on 12 proved costly.

Noren made a key birdie putt from 20 feet at No. 10 and added a birdie on the long 14th before he pitched in from a greenside bunker for his eagle at 15.

``I was relying on him to make mistakes over the last three, but he played great and congratulations to him,'' Dredge said. ``Second is better than third, but nothing feels like winning. I did everything I could but it wasn't enough.''

Thongchai Jaidee had a 67 to finish at 270, good for fifth place in the event co-sanctioned for the first time by the Asian Tour.

McIlroy said Saturday he would aim for a possible top-five finish and had a share of third when he made his fourth birdie in five holes at No. 17.

But McIlroy was distracted by a photographer at No. 18 and cut his drive down a slope. The 20-year-old Irishman had to play out sideways to the fairway and ended up with a bogey.

``I holed a lot more putts than I did the last three days, but I probably walked off a little disappointed. I had three bogeys so it could have been a little better,'' said McIlroy, who lost a playoff for the title last year.''

Lee Westwood had his best round of the week, a 5-under 66 for a share of 23rd place.

McIlroy and Westwood remained third and fourth in the Race to Dubai, behind Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey, who are both injured.

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