Alex Noren continues to lead in Bermuda and "wants to see it a little tougher"

Sweden's Alex Noren remains out in front thru 36 holes on the PGA Tour. 

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Fri, 10 Nov 2023
Alex Noren continues to lead in Bermuda and "wants to see it a little tougher"

Alex Noren wants to see the course play "a little tougher" as he takes a two-stroke lead into the weekend of the Bermuda Championship on the PGA Tour.

Noren, 41, carded a flawless 5-under 66 in trickier afternoon conditions at Port Royal Golf Course. 

That maintained the Swede's two-stroke lead on the chasing pack following his exceptional opening round of 10-under 61, which marked the lowest of his career.

Although Noren has won 10 times on the DP World Tour and has been part of the 2018 European Ryder Cup team, he has never won on the PGA Tour

Noren's last victory came more than five years ago at the 2018 Open de France. 

But Noren has every chance to set the record straight this weekend as he takes the lead into the third round on 15-under par.

It marks the first time ever that Noren has held a 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. 

Ryan Moore, Ryan Brehm and Satoshi Kodaira are in a tie for second on 13-under par, one stroke clear of a resurgent Camilo Villegas. 

Despite shooting rounds of 61 and 66 with relative ease, Noren wants to see the final two rounds play much tougher in the Bermuda breeze. 

Noren said after his second round: 

"I think this course plays really good then and I think it's usually the level of like toughness where I play my best. Like yesterday was nice, but there's a lot of guys that are -- when you are leading after two, you want it kind of to be tough on the weekend, otherwise maybe there are too many like low 60s and it's hard to defend a lead, especially with sort of a different mentality it is to lead to being 20th. You know, you can -- it's easier to shoot 61 when you're 20th somehow. It shouldn't be, but that's the mind playing tricks on you. So I want to see it a little tougher -- a little bit tougher than today would be ideal."

YouTuber George Bryan made the cut on his PGA Tour debut, and his brother Wesley also made the weekend.