Noren lifts French Open as rivals falter

Sweden's Alex Noren won the French Open after his rivals faded away in the final round

Australia's Wade Ormsby has finished four shots behind Swede Alex Noren, who lifted the French Open after most of this rivals faltered during a wild final round.

Even Noren did not think he was going to win the tournament after completing 72 holes, but clinched his 10th European Tour victory by one shot from Scotland's Russell Knox.

"It's unbelievable," Noren said. "I never thought I was going to win."

Not after starting the day seven strokes behind overnight leader Marcus Kinhult, and not even after making his move late with birdies at the 16th and 17th holes at Le Golf National.

Even after parring the demanding final hole to card a four-under-par 67, it seemed Noren would at best get into a playoff.

He finished at seven-under 277 and went to the practice range in hopeful anticipation of extra holes. He need not have worried.

American Julian Suri arrived at the par-four 18th in the lead but failed to clear the water hazard with his approach shot and made a double-bogey.

Englishman Chris Wood then bogeyed the 17th, missing a six-foot putt.

Noren dodged a final bullet when Wood could not birdie the last.

"It's a tricky golf course and the first two days were tough for me," said Noren, who shot 73 72 65 67.

"I played a lot better on the weekend. It's not the way maybe you want to see your opponent come in but we all fight out there and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose."

The result all but clinches Noren a spot in the European team for September's Ryder Cup, which will be played on the same Le National course.

Suri (69), Wood (73) and Scotsman Russell Knox (65) tied for second on six under.

Kinhult, who had a triple-bogey and a double-bogey, carded 76 to finish two shots behind with Spaniard Jon Rahm (72) and Englishman Matthew Southgate (65).

Rahm and Sergio Garcia were among those to post over par scores in the final round, but South Australian Ormsby shot a three-under par 68 to finish joint 12th.

Compatriot Sam Brazel also shot three-under in the final round which earned the 39-old from Lismore a tie for 35th.