Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Noren Is Shining So Bright at Sun City; Golf

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Noren Is Shining So Bright at Sun City; Golf

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SWEDEN'S Alex Noren is in pole position to claim a fourth European Tour title of the season after the weather-affected second day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Noren carded a second round of 67 at Sun City to reach the halfway stage of the PS5.7m event on eight under par, two shots clear of England's Chris Wood, Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti and home stars George Coetzee, Louis Oosthuizen and Jaco van Zyl.

Victory tomorrow could take Noren to within 500,000 points of Race to Dubai leader and fellow Swede Henrik Stenson, seven shots off the pace after a 74.

And it would also take the 34-year-old into the world's top 10 for the first time, having been ranked 110th in May before winning the Scottish Open, European Masters and British Masters.

Noren, who carded six birdies and a solitary bogey, said: "I made a lot of birdies on the back nine after that rain delay, which was great fun. I holed a chip, it was a good nine.

"I'm very pleased how I kept it together, because it is a tough golf course. …

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