South Korea's Seung-Yul Noh shot a final-round 71 to record a 19-under-par 72-hole total and win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana
South Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh shot a final-round 71 to record a 19-under-par 72-hole total and win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.
The 22-year-old – who was forced to attend the Web.com Tour finals after finishing 160th in the FedEx Cup – held off the challenge of Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb to record his maiden PGA Tour victory.
He entered the final round with a two-shot lead over 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, but made his first bogey of the week at the first hole.
But he steadied the ship, birdied the eighth and 10th and offset bogeys at 12 and 15 with bounce-back birdies at 13 and 16.
He wasn’t put under any strenuous pressure over the final two holes, and was able to par home to record a maiden PGA Tour victory.
Noh has now become the fourth South Korean to win on the PGA Tour and earned an invite to the PGA Championship and the 2015 Masters.
“The whole last season was a very good experience for my game, especially mental,” said Noh.
“My mental game is stronger after last season, so I’m never nervous.”
Noh boasts an excellent pedigree, having won the Asian Tour Rookie of the Year Accolade in 2008 and become the second youngest winner on the European Tour at the Malaysia Open in 2010, aged 18 years and 282 days.
Former Ryder Cup player Jeff Overton finished alone in fourth place, with Erik Compton, Charley Hoffman and Robert Garrigus – who shot a closing 64 – tied for fifth.
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, New Orleans, USA
Apr 24-27, purse $6,800,000
1) Seung-Yul Noh (KOR) 65-68-65-71 = 269 $1,224,000
T2) Robert Streb (USA) 67-66-68-70 = 271 $598,400
T2) Andrew Svoboda (USA) 64-68-70-69 = 271 $598,400
4) Jeff Overton (USA) 67-68-67-70 = 272 $326,400
T5) Erik Compton (USA) 66-68-72-68 = 274 $248,200
T5) Charley Hoffman (USA) 68-67-68-71 = 274 $248,200
T5) Robert Garrigus (USA) 73-69-68-64 = 274 $248,200
T8) Justin Rose (ENG) 71-67-69-68 = 275 $197,200
T8) Keegan Bradley (USA) 69-66-65-75 = 275 $197,200
T8) Tommy Gainey (USA) 71-66-69-68 = 275 $197,200
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