Alex Noren wins in a play-off
After 2009, the Swede wins a second time in Crans-Montana. Nevertheless, he had been pushed back under pressure from Scott Hend.
The tradition to finish the OMEGA European Masters in a climax by a play-off is not an annual ritual, but nevertheless returns frequently. For this 2016 tournament, Alex Noren and Scott Hend found themselves in a tie at -17 and the end of 72 holes. The Swede thought that he had the victory, but he had poorly carried out his game at the end of the course, with a bogey at 17. Not at all defeated by this decreased performance, Alex Noren only needed one hole to correct his previous erring and to achieve a second victory in Crans-Montana, after the one in 2009. «It is clearly my favourite tournament. This success comes during a time in the year that I would qualify as studious. I trained a lot», commented Alex Noren at the end of his crazy day.
The Scandinavian now has six victories on the European Tour and a bank account with nearly 500,000 Swiss francs more. For the 17th and last time, Jean-François Emery (photo) presented the cheque. The Head of Credit Suisse in Crans-Montana will take his well-deserved retirement.
It is important to note that this success will enter Noren in the worldwide top 30 ranking. Behind the inseparable, or so to say, Noren-Hend duo, Andrew «The Beef» Johnston completed the podium. The likable Englishman with the full beard ended at -14, two shots ahead of Lee Westwood, who accomplished a strong comeback during the fourth round.
As for Mathias Eggenberger, the last Swiss playing on the Haut-Plateau, he managed his exit well. The amateur player from Saint Gallen turned in a 67 card which brought him up to 61st place. It will not be the last time that we hear about this talented 24 year old player.