Noh wins first title in US

Mon 28 Apr 2014

Noh wins first title in US

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April 28: Noh Seung-yul of Korea shot a one-under-par 71 to win his first PGA Tour title in style at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday.
The 2010 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner had to overcome the blustery conditions with wind gusting up to 30 mph to seal the victory with a 19-under-par 269 total, defeating Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb by two shots.
Noh, a three-time Asian Tour winner, shot four birdies including an important birdie on 16 after his approach landed three feet from the hole. He then made a 14-foot par putt on 17 to ensure a two-shot cushion heading into the final hole.
“If I miss that putt (par on 17) it's just one shot, so makes 18 a little easier because it's not just one shot. But I made that putt and then two-shot lead, very comfortable the last hole, and 16 and 17 are key today,” said Noh, who was drenched in beer by countrymen Y.E. Yang and Charlie Wi on the 18th green.
The 22-year-old’s victory will also earn him a place in The Players Championship and the 2015 Masters Tournament.
“This is a dream come true. I dreamed of always playing PGA TOUR-- or playing with like-- the top 10 players or playing any major, especially the Masters.  But dream come true today, and I’m very excited to play in the Masters,” said Noh.
“There are a lot of young winners on the PGA Tour, like Rory, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, all the younger guys winning two times, so I will try and keep working hard to catch up with those guys,” he added.