Super Swede Noren in record-breaking surge

Sweden's Alexander Noren rewrote the record books when a third round 63 gave him an 11-shot lead in the Scandinavian Masters at Bro Hof Slott on Saturday.

Super Swede Noren in record-breaking surge

The 29-year-old chopped two shots off the course record and established the joint second-highest lead in European Tour history as he moved to a huge 20 under par.

Only South Africa’s Retief Goosen, who was 13 shots clear at the 2002 Johnnie Walker Classic, has been further ahead with one round left to play.

“Unreal, obviously,” said Wales Open winner Noren, before heading to a friend’s wedding to drink “water and diet coke”.

“It was an amazing feeling. I never thought it would be possible to shoot these scores. Every shot went the way I wanted – I dont know what to say – I’m just so happy to play like this,” he told

“It’s hard to sink in. I’ve never dreamt of playing like this here, I just thought if I make the cut I will be happy this week. Twenty under is better than I can imagine.”

Noren had led by three overnight from India’s Shiv Kapur.

He hit his first birdie of the day from six feet at the fifth while an eagle followed at the par five ninth to turn in a four under par 32.

Noren added further birdies on the 12th, 13th, 15th and 18th.

American Bubba Watson, 11 shots behind in second place, praised Noren after his round – comparing his performance to that of Rory McIlroy at last month’s US Open.

“He’s playing so good right now, like McIlroy in the States at the US Open,” said Watson after a 69.

“When a guy’s playing that good you can only keep going and do your best.

“I was just thinking one shot at a time. Played really good, just lost focus on the back nine and couldnt recover from it. One bad swing on 18 cost me a double.”

Sweden’s Christian Nilsson impressed with a 66 to join South African Jaco Van Zyl in a share of third on eight under.

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Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used