Record 62 earns Noren title at Wentworth

"What I want to do is play better against better fields on better, tougher courses, and I view this as a very hard course against a very tough field".

But the day belonged to Alex Noren, whose name is on the PGA trophy at Wentworth with Colin Montgomery, the only golfer to win three times in succession in 1988, 1999 and 2000, Nick Faldo 1980, 1981 and 1989, Bernhard Langer in 1987 and 1995, ad Ian Woosnam in 1997 and 1998.

Seven strokes back entering the round, the Swede made six birdies and holed a 6-foot eagle putt on the No. 18 to complete what he described as "probably the best round of my life".

The 13th-ranked Noren had to wait before he could really celebrate the ninth and biggest victory of his career, and a first prize of 894,000 pounds ($1.14 million).

"It feels very awesome and very insane, because I had no intention of trying to win this morning", Noren said, who finished hours before the final groups came through. Open champion Henrik Stenson (68) shared third on eight under with Nicolas Colsaerts (65) and Hideto Tanihara (68).

There were a cluster of players on 68 including British Open champion Henrik Stenson and his fellow Swede Alex Noren as the field enjoyed ideal scoring conditions on a revamped West Course without ripping it to pieces.

As Noren sat back in the clubhouse, the heavens opened and the chasing pack fell away one by one - none more so than Shane Lowry who fired his tee shot out of bounds at 15, and Branden Grace who made a double bogey at the par-5 12th when finding water off the tee.

Speaking to RTE Sport, Lowry said: "I'm not struggling on the greens. A win like this brings your confidence up and that's what I have always needed, to believe in myself".

Belgian star Thomas Pieters, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Francesco Molinari of Italy will go into the last two rounds of the European PGA Championship in a three-way tie for the lead.

Noren, who came into this event as the world number 13, has now won nine European Tour titles, but this latest success - in the first event of the inaugural Rolex Series - represents his most significant triumph to date.

That took Noren to 11 under par and set a clubhouse target none of the later starters were able to match, the 34-year-old having teed off nearly two hours before the final group.

Singh's two-day total of 10-under 134 was one shot better than Billy Andrade, who also shot 68 at Trump National.

Noren said he was shaking so much ahead of his putt on No. 18, which was set up by a 5-iron from 204 yards, that he couldn't line up the ball properly.

The trio were on 137, seven-under par, after 36 holes, on Friday (May 26), a shot clear of Germany's Max Kieffer and three ahead of a clutch of players including 2015 victor An Byeong-Hun of South Korea and Lee Westwood who is looking to win this title at his 24th attempt.

Noren's next target is to contend at a major. I was just trying to play a good round of golf and get into next week (the Nordea Masters in Sweden) on a high.

"I think Alex timed it right", deadpanned Stenson.