Teen Titan Noh Holds Early Lead

Thu 06 Aug 2009

Teen Titan Noh Holds Early Lead


Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, August 6: Korea's talented golfer Noh Seung-yul holed an impressive bunker shot for an eagle to take the second round clubhouse lead at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Thursday.

The young Korean fired a three-under-par 68 for a two-round total of seven-under-par 135 at the Seri Selangor Golf Club for the early lead at the RM1 million (US$300,000) Asian Tour tournament.

Lying three strokes back are Malaysia's Iain Steel, Gaurav Gheiof India, Korean Bae Sang-moon and Guido Van Der Valk of the Netherlands.

Noh, winner of the Midea China Classic and Rookie of the Year last season, showed why he is rated as one of Korea's rising stars as he put himself in position for a second Asian Tour title.

The 18-year-old already has three-top 10s under his belt this year and will be looking to improve on last year's tied 27th finish at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.

"I like playing in Malaysia because. I've had two consistent rounds because my iron shots are working well. I dropped two shots today because I three putted on the 14th green and my tee shot went to the right on the 17th hole and ended up under the tree," said Noh.

"Overall, I am happy with my game but it is still too early to be excited about my position on top of the leaderboard because it is only the second day. I look forward to do better in the final two days," he added.

Steel struggled to keep up with his impressive first round form to mix his scorecard with two birdies against three bogeys for a second round 72. It was a tough day in office for the Malaysian but he is determined stay in contention and improve on last year's third place finish at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.

"I struggled midway through the round and couldn't get the ball in play. I knew I was going to have a bad round but I hope that I am over it. The course softened up after the rain yesterday and I hope the wind dries the course up so they won't take it so deep and the condition will suit me," said Steel who is aiming for his first Asian Tour title.

Ghei welcomed a return to form after enduring a slow start to the year which was caused by injuries. The three-time Asian Tour winner shot six birdies against two bogeys for a 67 and he will be determined to kick start his season.

"It has been a tough year, I had a problem with my wrist in the beginning of the year and I had tendonitis in my right wrist which slowed me down and I couldn't practice as much as I wanted to. My father past away a couple of months back so it has been a year that really hasn't gone as plan but that's the way it is and you have to figure it out and get yourself back on track," said Ghei.

Overnight leader Danny Chia of Malaysia, still suffering from the effects of flu, dropped off the leaderboard after struggling to a 77. Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat is currently nine under for the tournament through six holes of his second round.