Who Is Alex Noren? Everything You Need to Know About the Swede Who Is Dominating the Golf Scene This Week

Published 11/11/2023, 12:32 PM EST

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Alexander Noren aka Alex Noren has been in the headlines recently. His top-notch performance has landed in the first position on the leaderboard, midway through the Butterfly Bermuda Championship 2023. With two rounds gone, he has scored an incredible 15-under, thanks to his 10-under score in round one. 

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The Swedish golfer is in pretty good form of late. He had an impressive T3 finish at the Shriners Open a few weeks ago. The title winner of that event had a mere two-stroke lead over Noren, and it was quite a narrow miss. Should he be able to pull off another round like the first in the ongoing tournament, he would comfortably nail the trophy this time around.

Naturally, we got curious about Alex, and dug out some information. Here is everything you need to know about the 41-year-old Swede. 

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Who is Alex Noren?

Alex Noren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 12, 1982. He is married to Jennifer Kovacs, who is a social media personality. Following her graduation in Marketing and Management, the Stockholm University alumna focused on motivating women towards success through her podcast. The duo has a child named Iris.

Now, let’s move on to Noren’s journey as a golfer.

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As a teenager, Alex attended the Swedish upper secondary sports school to balance his golfing aspirations and his education. He did what he intended to do by playing good golf, while also acting as a junior editor for the Swedish Golf Federation’s official magazine, ‘Svensk Golf’. 

Following that, he attended Oklahoma State University, and played amateur golf during that time. There, too, he impressed people with his golfing prowess and continued to progress in his sport. 

From there, the journey of Noren brought him to the Challenger Tour in 2005, and to the European Tour in 2007. Two years later came his first professional win for the European Tour, at the Omega European Masters. Following this win, he earned many more in the coming years.

Professional wins

Alex Noren has bagged 10 wins in his career so far with the European Tour. After his first win in 2009, he collected two more in the year 2011. The next couple of years went reasonably well, albeit with no wins. Then 2014 tested him with tendinitis and an injury-driven break.

A gradual recovery led him to a win in the year 2015. This win set him up for the greatest year of his golf career, 2016. In July that year, Noren finished first in the Scottish Open, and that kick-started his monstrous phase during the rest of the year. 

He followed the win at the Scottish Open with three more tournament wins in the following months, giving him four wins in just one half of a year. However, his form started dipping again, with one win in 2018 and another in 2019. Although this was the case, 2018 gave him an exciting opportunity. 

Ryder Cup experience

At age 36, Alex Noren made his Ryder Cup debut in September 2018, and it was one remarkable little travel for him. He played three matches at the event. On the first two days, he paired up twice with Sergio Garcia. In the first match, the duo played against the Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau combination and won the match for Europe. Their second outing didn’t go that well though, and they lost against the Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson combo.

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However, the relentless rookie rose again on day three and won the singles match against ‘The Scientist’ DeChambeau. Although he played really well in the event, the next few years following this have not been the best of his golfing career. 

Noren’s form of late

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The Swedish player hasn’t met a win in the past few years. He has had several close finishes landing in the Top 5 or 10, but the title wins have eluded him of late. 

An interesting point to note is that his best finishes in three of the four majors are from the past few years. This is especially true of the PGA Championship and the US Open. He finished with a shared 22nd position at the PGA Championship and a shared 17th position at the US Open in 2020.

On a fun side note, in 2022, Alex Noren made headlines over a baffling shot that had the whole golf world talk about it. The shot was supposed to go in a certain direction, but it surprised Noren and everyone who witnessed that moment.

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Looking at his current season, he has had six Top 25 finishes, including three Top 10 finishes. The numbers tell us he has the scope for a title win inside him, and it might just be this week’s Butterfly Bermuda Championship. What do you think?

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Vignesh K

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Vignesh K. is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having worked as an academic content writer, Vignesh has taken to sports journalism like a duck to water.
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