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Noren leads Swedish charge in Malmo

AFP, MALMO, Sweden

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn hits from a bunker on the 12th hole in the third round of the Nordea Masters in Malmo, Sweden, on Saturday.

Photo: Reuters

Sweden’s Alex Noren defied gusty conditions to card a five-under third-round 67 to lead the Nordea Masters by two shots on Saturday.

Getting the better of strong winds, Noren, three shots off the pace overnight, went into the final round with an 11-under total of 205.

Leading the chasing pack was Germany’s Max Kieffer, who produced three birdies in the final five holes as he signed for a 70.

Home favorites were lining up behind, with Sebastian Soderberg and Jens Dantorp in a share of third on eight-under, while world No. 4 Henrik Stenson, Steven Jeppesen and Kristoffer Broberg were all on six-under.

Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen, winner of the Irish Open the previous weekend, split the Swedish contingent on seven-under after a 68.

Teenage amateur Marcus Kinhult, who had shared the overnight lead with Dantorp, fell eight shots off the pace after a 77 which included double-bogeys on the 15th and 17th.

Noren, who has won three times on the European Tour, his last win coming in Malmo in 2011, said: “This year has been fantastic with a few good finishes and steadier play.”

“I’m really trying to work on hitting the right shot at the right times and a day like today was a good test,” he said. “Maybe before I was little more one-dimensional in my game, just hitting a fade, but now I am trying to hit it both ways and it’s working a little bit better. I’m very happy to play the way I did today, especially my putting. It would be great to win this event again, but there’s still another 18 holes to play.”

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