After playing bogey-free golf through 54 holes, Seung-Yul Noh didn’t panic after a bogey at the first hole to open the final round at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Even though he was playing alongside major champion Keegan Bradley, the 22-year-old kept his calm demeanor and pushed forward to shoot 69 at TPC Louisiana and win his first PGA Tour title. He ended up 19-under for the week.
Bradley, who also has a World Golf Championship victory on his resume, made an early triple bogey and he failed to recover. Robert Streb and Andrew Svoboda were T-2 at 17-under.
Noh, who made just 11 of 25 cuts on the PGA Tour in 2013, won the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship to earn his 2014 PGA Tour playing status. Putting has been his problem ranking 167th in Strokes Gained Putting in 2013. But at the Zurich, he was among the leaders in Strokes Gained Putting.
Ladbrokes.com listed Noh as a 100-to-1 long shot to win the title at the beginning of the week.
Noh moved from 176th to 88th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The Top 10 remained largely the same – led by Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar. Justin Rose replaced Rory McIlroy in the Top 10 at No. 10.
On the LPGA Tour, Lydia Ko made a statement in his victory near San Francisco.
Ko, who turned 17 earlier in the week, outlasted Stacy Lewis to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. It was her first win of 2014.
Ko, who was 2-under in the final round, finished 12-under and one shot clear of Lewis. Rolex Ranking No.1 Inbee Park was T-4 alongside Shanshan Feng.
Other Golf News:
- Rolex Ranking No. 3 Stacy Lewis and 4th-ranked Lydia Ko continue to battle for the lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic near San Francisco. At 8-under overall, both were tied for the lead through 15 holes in round three.
- France’s Alexander Levy (16-under) captured the European Tour’s Volvo China Open. He moved from 282nd to 137th in the world ranking. Ian Poulter and Stenson logged T-5 efforts.
- Lewis leads the LPGA Tour in Top 10s with seven this season in eight starts.
- Denied her first triumph of 2014, Lewis has six runner-up finishes since her victory at the RICOH Women’s British Open last summer. The 29-year-old is stuck on eight career LPGA Tour victories heading into this week’s North Texas LPGA Shootout.
- Woods, recovering from back surgery, is reportedly targeting the Open Championship for his return to competitive golf. The Open takes place July 17-20 in England.