Best Birthday Present Ever: Noren Wins Aberdeen
Sweden’s Alex Noren woke up Tuesday morning to turn 34 with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trophy on his bedside table.
That’s how you celebrate a birthday.
Noren finished 14-under to take the title by a single stroke over the UK’s Tyrrell Hatton. It’s not the first time the summer months have been kind to Noren; it’s his fourth straight title to come within five weeks of his birthday. This is his fifth European Tour victory overall.
He entered the day with a two-stroke lead over Hatton, but it was down to one after he bogeyed No. 8 while Hatton birdied it. Both men birdied 12, and Nelson made a birdie on 15 for the first time all tournament to push the lead to two strokes. He kept that margin go the 18th, where Hatton birdied, but a par putt delivered the title to Noren.
Three players finished tied for third at 12-under, including Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, who came roaring down the stretch with consecutive 66s after struggling to a 74 and a 70 in the first two rounds. Colsaerts was ridiculous down the stretch on Sunday, with a stretch of an eagle and three birdies from 12 to 15, and another birdie on 18 to turn in a 30 for the final nine.
Even Colsaerts didn’t shoot the best round on Sunday, that honor went to the unlikely person named Callum Shinkwin of the UK. Shinkwin had played himself out of contention on the back nine on Thursday with four bogeys in the last seven holes, but had fought back to 3-under through the end of Saturday based on his front-nine success.
Through the first 54, he was 6-under on the front nine, 3-over on the back nine. That changed around like the wind in Scotland itself on Sunday as he hit the turn at 1-under and proceeded to have a pair of three-straight birdie streaks, from 11-13 and 16-18 to log a 65, leapfrogging from 35th to 8th.
Hatton, Colsaerts and Matteo Manassero all qualified for The Open Championship with their finishes on Sunday.