Alex Noren targets unique Scottish double

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• Alex Noren targets Scottish double at Paul Lawrie Match Play
• But the Swede won't change his schedule to make Ryder Cup
• He'll face Anthony Wall in the final after he beat Oliver Fisher


Scottish Open champion Alex Noren admitted he's barely given the Ryder Cup a thought - despite being 18 holes away from two European Tour wins in a month.

The Swede is through to the final of the Paul Lawrie Match Play after taking down in-form Englishman James Morrison in the semi-finals at Archerfield, following on from a stunning performance against Johan Carlsson, where he made eight birdies and an eagle en route to a 4&2 win.
"If I get in, it's amazing" - Alex Noren

With vice-captains Paul Lawrie - the tournament host - and Sam Torrance as a Sky Sports commentator in attendance, as well as Thomas Bjorn playing earlier in the week, there have been plenty eyes on the event at Archerfield Links as attention moves towards the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next month.

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And although Alex Noren says it would be 'amazing' to make the Ryder Cup team, he won't be adjusting the three-week break he has on his schedule after this week and admitted after his semi-final win that he's barely given it a thought since his triumph at Castle Stuart.

"It's not really ," said Alex Noren. "I was so far out coming into the Scottish and then we had two majors right after that. I've been working my whole career on trying to be in the now and not look to much ahead so I haven't thought that much about it. If I get in, it's amazing and if I don't, then I'll try to get in the next time."
"I can't believe I'm in the final" - Anthony Wall

Noren will face Anthony Wall in the final after he overcame Oliver Fisher after 22 holes, where an incredible 17 were halved. And Wall, who only has one European Tour win to his name which came way back in 2000, was delighted to be in the final.

"It was a really tough game but I'm incredibly happy and I can't believe I'm in the final," said Wall. "I like playing in the wind and I'm sure Alex does too, as he's shown over the years, so I can't wait for tomorrow."

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