Noren close to his goal

27 February 2018 04:27:23 EST

Alex Noren's third-place finish in last week's Honda Classic confirmed his position as one of the hottest players in the world as he heads south of the border to the Mexico Championship.

This week's tournament at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City is the season's first World Golf Championship, a level the Swede has never entirely proved himself at, but this year he heads into them riding a wave of PGA Tour success that is only lacking a win.

He missed out in extra holes at the Farmers Insurance Open, added solid performances at the Phoenix and Genesis Opens, and then finished one shot shy of another play-off at PGA National last Sunday.

A first trophy in the US remains elusive but the message was clear to the 35-year-old.

"I feel good," he said. "It's great being able to play against the best players in the world and that's always been my goal.

"I feel comfortable out here and that was my target coming into the season, just to be able to play with these guys on these courses, and you know, prove to myself that I can do it. I'm just going to try to get that win."

He has made 15 starts in WGC events since making his debut in 2009. His best finish was when making the quarter-finals of the World Match Play last year; his best strokeplay effort was T12th in the 2016 HSBC Champions.

Noren could only manage T55th in last year's visit to Chapultepec, but his first-round 76 left him behind the black ball for the rest of the week.

A nine-time winner on the European Tour it is looking like only a matter of time before he adds to that tally on the biggest stage.

"You know, it's so much fun playing back nine holes under pressure," he added. "You've got so much adrenaline and I'm very nervous, but you just want to get that win. Oh yeah, I will keep on trying."

Noren is 25/1 to win the tournament outright, 17/4 to finish the week as Top Continental European and 33/1 to be the 1st Round Leader.

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