Noren leads by 3 shots at British Masters

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Starting the final round with a three-shot lead, Noren made the flawless start to his day, grabbing birdies at the 1 and 2 holes to move to 18 under. He also has two third-place finishes in his 20-year professional career and has been in solid form this year with six top-10 finishes - three in his last five events - and just two missed cuts.

But that aggressive approach cost the world number 127 his first bogey of the week on the fourth as he found sand with his approach and failed to get up and down for par.

The Austrian was unable to land a blow on the next two holes as Noren also played par golf to remain one clear, before Wiesberger's challenge effectively ended with a wayward second into the sand on the 18th.

"I just worked quite hard and sometimes you get lucky like this", Noren said.

"I believe in myself, but the big thing is like you don't have to play a ideal game".

He said: "Obviously on 18, it was an awesome feeling because I thought it was a tough putt, and you can easily three-putt that and come off with a sour taste in your mouth".

"But it's an incredible feeling to have won three times this year as I thought this would not happen to me". You think you hit a good shot but it comes up short, and you never want to blame yourself but he kind of told me what was going on.

Noren was delighted not to drop a shot despite some wayward drives and the 34-year-old's day was rounded off in style with a birdie from 35 feet on the last.

"You just have to have a few parts of your game need to be strong to get a win. But I'm still very happy with my performance".

Johnston's effort included three birdies in succession near the end of his round while Sweden's Noren, already a two-time victor this season, also birdied three holes in a row mid-round before denying himself a two-shot lead when he played a poor drive and eventually three-putted the last.

At 17 under par, Noren took a two-shot cushion into the back nine, with Bland joined on 15 under by compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger.

After hitting a ideal tee shot in to the middle of the fairway, Noren elected to lay up rather than attack the green in two and in the process left himself 60 yards short of the pin. It's tough but I'll keep trying.



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