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December 3 2011

9:45 PM

Noh strong at q-school

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The good news for Seung-yul Noh is that he’s still high up on the leaderboard despite a bogey-quadruple bogey finish Saturday at q-school, where he shot an even-par 72 in a windswept day on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.

At 11 under through the first four rounds, the 20-year-old from South Korea seems to be well on his way to securing a PGA TOUR card for next season.

He also made quite and impression on Tag Ridings, who played with Noh the last two days.

“I had no idea he was 20 years old,” Ridings said. “That’s impressive.

“He’s a very good player. He swings it great, he putts it great. He’s one of the best players in this field.”

Ranked 101st in the world, Noh isn’t exactly a stranger to success. In 2010, he won the Malaysian Open, which made him the second-youngest winner in European Tour history behind Danny Lee. Noh finished 34th on the Order of Merit that year and led the Asian Tour money list as well.

Noh isn’t the only one playing well on another windy day, however. Veteran Marco Dawson shot 67 for a second straight day and is 13 under.

That is easily the lowest score among those near the top of the leaderboard on a difficult day of scoring.

“Brutal,” Ridings said, describing the conditions. “This is a horrible place to play in these conditions. The wind is more gusting than swirling.”

Other notables inside the magic number of the top 25 on the leaderboard at the moment include 2000 PGA runner-up Bob May, who is 7 under through four rounds.

Harris English, who won on the Nationwide Tour while still in college at Georgia earlier this year, is also near the top of the leaderboard, while William McGirt, Bob Estes and Jeff Maggert are also all in the top 25.

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