Alex Noren played well in his one trip to the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. In 2019, the Swede shot 69-67-68-67 to finish T-15th.
Speaking of 15th, he’s finished in the top 15 in three of his last nine starts. That includes T-3rd two starts ago against a much better field than this week at the Shriners Children’s Open.
The 41-year-old is a double-digit winner on the DP World Tour. He’s still yet to crack the code on the PGA Tour despite numerous close calls.
This seems like a week he should be circling to end the drought.
Port Royal is a haven for the non-bombers. Noren can get it out there at over 300 yards a drive, but distance is not his calling card.
He’s got a phenomenal short game and putter, which will come into play if it’s windy as forecasted this week. Noren is 10th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green (.359 per round) and 23rd in SG: Putting (.44).
Players are often forced to lay back this week, leading to a lot of short to mid-length iron shots. Noren is 35th in approach proximity from 150-175 yards (26’5”) and 72nd from 125-150 (22’7”).
TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas is a shorter venue by pro standards, so that checks out.
Noren is seeking his fourth straight made cut this week.