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Noren holds on for maiden European Tour win

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  • Swedish outsider Alexander Noren wins claims European Tour title on Sunday
  • Noren lands European Masters by two shots from Welshman Bradley Dredge
  • Noren carded a 66 while Dredge -- who won the title in 2006 -- closed with a 65
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(CNN) -- Swedish outsider Alexander Noren won his maiden European Tour title on Sunday when he landed the European Masters by two shots from Welshman Bradley Dredge at Crans-Sur-Sierre.

Noren leads the European Masters field as he attempts to win his first-ever European Tour title.

Noren leads the European Masters field as he attempts to win his first-ever European Tour title.

The Swiss tournament, jointly sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour, was the first European event in which Ryder Cup points could be picked up for next year's clash with holders the United States.

The 27-year-old Noren -- who set up victory with a masterful 63 on Saturday -- shot a five-under-par 66 for an overall 20-under-par to edge out Dredge, whose 65 was unable to deliver him a second title after the one he secured in 2006.

Noren admitted to Sky Sports that it had been hard for him to get a good night's sleep as the overnight leader. "I was so tired on Saturday night," said Noren, who shot up from 88th to 38th in the standings for the end of season Race to Dubai tournament. "I tried to sleep till eight in the morning but I woke up at six."

Noren, who holed a magical eagle at the 15th to give him some breathing space over Dredge -- who holed one of his own at the ninth -- said he felt completely in command of his game.

"I felt good from the start of the round," he said.

"I have never felt so good about my game. I had learnt from the last time several years ago when I led in the final round by one shot and lost. This time I saw that several players were shooting low rounds and that I needed to as well."

The best-placed Asian player was Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, who finished fifth on 14-under-par after a final round of 67.

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