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February 21 2013

7:22 PM

Rd. 1: Noren def. D. Johnson, 6 & 4

MARANA, Ariz. -- Sweden's Alexander Noren, a 13th seed, beat fourth-seeded Dustin Johnson of the U.S., 6 and 4, in the first round.

Noren, making just his second start in this event, will now play Graeme McDowell in the second round of the Jones bracket.

After a bogey on the first hole, Noren played as well as anybody on the course Thursday. He was bogey-free for the rest of the round and posted seven birdies on his card. He was 3 up through six holes, 4 up through eight, and played even better on the back nine.

He reeled off four consecutive birdies starting at the 10th hole, making bbirdie putts of 6-1/2 feet, 9 feet, 2-1/2 feet and 4 feet.

"I played great," Noren said. "I was really happy with my game and hit a lot of greens ... It was a lot of fun."

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