Nedbank Golf Challenge: Key Takeaways From Day 4
With the week’s play all wrapped up at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, what are the key storylines from the season’s penultimate event?
It was only Saturday when Jeunghun Wang’s round of 64 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge seemed like one of the very best rounds of the year, but little did we know that only 24 hours later an even more impressive performance would have emerged.
On the final day of one of the most lucrative events of the season, with tough scoring conditions leaving many of his fellow competitors struggle, Alex Noren put together a peerless round of 63 to come from six shots behind to win by a six shot margin.
Noren has played some of the most incredible played on any tour this year over the past three or four months, and he continues to solidify himself as one of the world’s very best players.
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With an eagle and eight birdies only negatively counterbalanced by a single bogey, Noren put in the low round of the week in Sun City. In all truth, it looked like he was playing a different course to everyone else on Sunday.
Solid but less spectacular rounds from Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett set up a tantalizing finish in the Race to Dubai next week.
What were the key takeaways from the final day’s play at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City though? Let’s take a closer look.
Noren At The Top Of His Game
It doesn’t get much more impressive than four wins in 11 events, but if there was ever a way for Alex Noren to make his recent form stand out any more, a closing 63 to seal the deal at the Nedbank Golf Challenge would have ranked very highly.
On a day when many of the big names towards the top of the leaderboard could only hold position or move backwards, Noren put together the round of the week at Sun City en route to a win that further builds his star in the global game.
Outside of the top-100 in the world less than six months ago, the Swede will now move into the top-10 of the world rankings on Monday, and is showing no signs of slowing down just yet.
Controlling Their Own Destiny
Heading into the final week of this year’s Race to Dubai, a handful of golfers are lucky enough to hold their destiny in their own hands, or at least be very close to that.
Henrik Stenson continues to hold a significant lead heading into the final event of the season, but if he’s not at his very best next week he can be caught.
If Alex Noren manages to go back-to-back, only a Stenson second placed finish could deny him the overall prize. A win for Danny Willett would see him claim top prize too, while a win for Rory McIlroy could still lead to the Northern Irishman emerging, but he would need Stenson to finish outside the top-45 among other things.
Lessons For The Future
After an outstanding 64 on Saturday, Jeunghun Wang entered the final round of play in South Africa perfectly positioned for a monumental win that could have changed the course of his career at the tender age of 21.
Although it would seem like that kind of signature win will arrive as just a matter of time for the talented young Korean, it didn’t materialize on this occasion.
Having started with two birdies in his first four holes, everything looked to be going to plan, but a double bogey at the eighth derailed the youngster leading to a disappointing back nine of 39. Wang will be back again, and the next time he’ll be better prepared.
Nedbank Golf Challenge – Day 4 Leaderboard
1 – Alex Noren – 63 (-14)
2 – Jeunghun Wang – 75 (-8)
T3 – Alejandro Canizares- 68 (-7)
T3 – Andy Sullivan- 72 (-7)
T3 – Victor Dubuisson – 68 (-7)
T3 – Ricardo Gouveia – 67 (-7)
T3 – Branden Grace – 70 (-7)
8 – Henrik Stenson – 70 (-6)
The European Tour is back in action for the Race To Dubai’s finale at the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday.
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