Noren After Playing With McIlroy: "I'm About To Quit Golf"

Noren described McIlroy's 65 as the "best round I've ever seen"

(Image credit: Richard Heathcote)

The Swede joked he would give the game up after witnessing McIlroy's 65 on day two of the BMW PGA Championship

Noren After Playing With McIlroy: "I'm About To Quit Golf"

Rory McIlroy shot a stunning 65 on Friday at the BMW PGA Championship and his playing partner - defending champion Alex Noren - was in awe of the four-time major winner's play.

Noren shot a bogey-free 68 himself and is in a tie for third place at -7, although he joked he was going to quit golf after the round.

He also described McIlroy's round as "the best round I've ever seen."

Noren was asked about playing with Rory and Lee Westwood and if he could feed off of the energy from the good golf, to which he disagreed.

"No. No. That's the best round I've ever seen. I'm about to quit golf I think," he joked.

The Swede shot a new course-record 62 at Wentworth last year to win the title but spoke about the difficulty of following McIlroy after he had split the fairway some 330 yards.

McIlroy was back to his best on Friday at Wentworth. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

"But that's like -- it's hard to draw off of it when it's that good, you know what I mean," he said.

"So I really wanted to be the first on the tee to make a birdie, to get the honour and then you don't have to hit after that 330 driver or 300-yard 3-wood.

"It's tough around here if you're not really on, and then you're playing with Rory; it's the best round I've ever seen I think.

"It's tough because it's almost like you're trying to play better than you need to when you see that. I didn't feel good over the ball today and it's tough.

"So I'm really pleased with 4-under in the end."

You know you're a quality player when you don't feel good over the ball and shoot a bogey-free 68 around Wentworth.

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Noren clearly didn't have his best golf today but his short game was razor sharp to make four birdies and 14 pars.

McIlroy said of Noren's play, "Alex has sort of had to scramble a little bit but that's impressive in itself to go bogey-free today. He missed a few greens and got himself into some tricky spots."

The tournament leader seemed very impressed with how their playing partner Lee Westwood hit the ball.

Westwood is at -5 after 36 holes and shot a bogey-free 69 today.

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"I thought Lee played really, really well," McIlroy said.

"I've been really impressed with his game the last couple of days. He hasn't had as many putts to drop as he would have liked but he played really well."

And on his own play, McIlroy said, "It was one of the best rounds of golf I've played this year, ball striking-wise."

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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