April 29, 2014 11:08
In the very place where Choi Kyung-ju won his and Korea's maiden PGA Tour title 12 years ago, Noh Seung-yul claimed his first PGA Tour title on Sunday. With his victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, he secured a spot at next year's Masters.
The 23-year-old from Sokcho, Gangwon Province, played with a yellow ribbon in his cap in memory of the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol on April 16.
On the same day, teenage golfer Lydia Ko won her first LPGA title since turning professional by clinching the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in Daly City, California.
It is the first time in five years and the fifth time in history that golfers of Korean descent have won both PGA and LPGA events on the same day. It last happened in March 2009 when Yang Yong-eun won the Honda Classic and Shin Ji-yai the HSBC Women's Championship.
The TPC Louisiana golf course has provided several golfers with their first pro career titles. Choi made history there in 2002 when the Zurich Classic was known as the Compaq Classic.
Noh's win came on his 78th competition on the Tour. He entered the final round as the sole leader for the first time in his three-year pro career and managed four birdies over a grueling five hours amid strong winds. Noh lifted the trophy after carding a total score of 19-under 269.
He became the fourth Korean to win a PGA Tour title after Choi, Yang and Bae Sang-moon and he is guaranteed to play on the Tour at least until 2016. Noh also claimed a berth at the Players Championship next month, this year's PGA Championship and next year's Masters.
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