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Thursday 8 December 2016

Noren takes second title

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Sweden's Alex Noren put last year's injury misery firmly behind him after cruising to his second Nordea Masters title at a windswept PGA Sweden National in Malmo.

Noren carded a closing 71 to finish 12 under par, four shots ahead of Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, who ended his own winless drought of six years with victory in the Irish Open last week.

Noren played just two tournaments in 2014 due to tendonitis in both wrists, but was second in the Dubai Desert Classic in February and eighth in the BMW PGA Championship a fortnight ago.

"It's very very pleasing," said the 32-year-old. "I've been pretty nervous all day and it was so tough the last two days I just want to relax now a little bit. It was pretty much the toughest weekend I've ever felt."

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Holders The Hills bowed out of this year's Irish Senior Cup following a seven wicket loss at Malahide. Mike Baumgart top scored with 66 as The Hills posted a modest 185 for 9, sharing a sixth wicket stand of 75 with Nazeer Shaukat (32).

Former Irish internationals Fintan McAllister (50*) and Reinhardt Strydom (46) guided Malahide to a comprehensive win.

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton (below) won the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday in a Mercedes one-two with title rival Nico Rosberg.

The Briton's fourth victory in seven races this season, and fourth career win in Canada, stretched his lead over Rosberg to 17 points and denied the German a third win in a row.

It also made up for the disappointment of Monaco two weeks ago when Hamilton, leading comfortably, lost out to Rosberg after a needless late pitstop.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas finished a distant third for Williams, 40.6 seconds behind Hamilton, to become the first driver from outside Mercedes or Ferrari to appear on the podium this year.

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