Alex Noren spoke to the media this week about his victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City's Gary Player Country Club.
Here is what he said:
QUESTION: Welcome back to the Nedbank Challenge, scene of one of your four victories on The European Tour last year. How do you feel about it?
NOREN: I have such a good feeling of the last time I was here. You know, you have all the memories and It brings you back. It seems not very long ago. I couldn't believe that I actually won it because I was a lot of shots back before the last round, you know, so everything went very quickly and then I was off to the next tournament. Then you come back here and let it (his victory) sink in a bit more.
QUESTION: What was your mindset on the first tee? You were six shots back, as you've said, and it got going really fast. That eagle on 10 was what put you back in front, wasn't it?
NOREN: My mindset? I kind of lost my lead on the third day. Didn't play very good so, you know, my mindset was just trying to finish off with a decent round. I wasn't really thinking then about winning at all. I was thinking about getting a good finish going into Dubai; about building some momentum for Dubai. and then all of a sudden, yeah, after that eagle on 10, I holed a big lob shot on 11 and then all of a sudden, I was thinking, I can do this!
QUESTION: What is it that provides the biggest test for you around this (Sun City) golf course?
NOREN: I haven't seen the place this year. I'm going to go out now. Last year, I would say the wind was quite strong at times, and the greens are quite small. Like they hide the pins out on the edges. I think when you try to be too aggressive, it can bite you in the back.
I think overall, you have to play pretty well to shoot low, You can make birdies out there, but I think you have to know your way around.
Report by Matthews Mfubu, press officer of the Sunshine Tour.
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