Noh secures PGA TOUR card with win at Nationwide Children's Hospital Champ.

September 15, 2013

By Dave Senko, PGA TOUR staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Saturday, Seung-Yul Noh spoke of returning to his home in South Korea should be win the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Sunday. Mission accomplished. Noh will return to his home in Seoul for the first time since last December secure in knowing he has wrapped up his PGA TOUR card for the 2013-14 campaign with his victory.

The 22-year-old Noh closed out the third of four events in the Tour Finals with a 2-under-par 69 and cruised to a record five-stroke victory over Edward Loar at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Noh finished with a 72-hole total of 12-under-par 272. John Peterson finished third overall, six strokes back.

Noh’s five-stroke margin of victory was the largest in the event’s history, surpassing the previous mark of two strokes by Daniel Summerhays in the inaugural tournament in 2007. It was Noh’s first victory in the United States.

“I got started pretty solidly today and then I made a bogey on the third hole and I had just a one-shot lead after four holes,” Noh recalled. “I just started thinking to just keep going and play like it’s the first round. I wasn’t nervous today and felt very comfortable.”

After a somewhat sluggish start that saw him 1-over-par after four holes, Noh posted three consecutive birdies on Nos. 5-7 to give himself some breathing room over his challengers. He was never really threatened after that as some of those giving chase failed to gain any ground on the two-time Asian Tour winner.

“The birdie on No. 5 was the turning point,” Noh added. “I hit a 5-iron to about four feet and then on No. 6, I made about a 35-40-footer for another birdie.”

Noh was the only player in the starting field who posted four sub-par rounds and he made just four bogeys over his final 54 holes. He finished the tournament leading all players in greens in regulation, hitting 56 of 72 (77.8%).

Edward Loar’s 6-under-par 65 was the day’s low round and it helped the former Oklahoma State star jump from T17 after three rounds to a solo second-place finish, his best finish since his victory at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in March.

“I was able to get a few birdies early and kind of got in a nice rhythm,” Loar said. “Today was huge, absolutely. I got another chance in Sawgrass (TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley) to move up some more on the list, but today’s finish ought to move me up a bit.”

John Peterson continued his stellar play, finishing third overall following a 5-under-par 66. It was his fourth consecutive top-five finish in his last four starts. He is also the only player to finish in the top-10 in the first three Tour Finals.

“I didn’t really get anything going in the first three rounds and I actually had to battle just to make the cut on Friday. It was nice that it finally turned around today,” Peterson said. “I’m not sure what turned it around today, I really don’t. I made a couple of putts and I hit it close today.”

With the last of the four Tour Finals slated for the week of Sept. 23-29 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Peterson will enjoy a week off which can’t come soon enough for the LSU product.

“I’m going to the Auburn game on Saturday and I can’t wait,” Peterson added. “I’m out of gas. I am. I’m out of gas.”

Peterson was referring to the fact he had played in the last nine Tour events. 

The Tour Finals are a four-event series that features a blend of Tour and PGA TOUR players vying for 50 PGA TOUR cards and positioning for the upcoming 2013-14 TOUR season.

Fourth-Round Notes:

-- Sunday weather: Partly cloudy. Overnight low 47. Daytime high 72. Wind S 5-10 mph.

-- Seung-Yul Noh collected his first Tour win in his third Tour start. He finished T7 at the Hotel Fitness Championship two weeks ago and then missed the cut at last week’s Chiquita Classic.

-- Noh collected a first-place check for $180,000 and moved to No. 1 on the Priority Ranking with a total of $210,125.

-- Noh’s win came at the age of 22 years, 3 months, 25 days.

-- With his win today, Seung-Yul Noh put his name in the record book as the 11th-youngest winner in Tour history.

Youngest winners:

Jason Day

19 years, 7 months, 26 days, 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic

Patrick Cantlay

20 years, 11 months, 15 days, 2013 Colombia Championship

Danny Lee

21 years, 2 months, 8 days, 2011 WNB Golf Classic

James Oh

21 years, 5 months, 27 days, 2003 Mark Christopher Charity Classic

Steven Bowditch

21 years, 8 months, 12 days, 2005 Jacob’s Creek Open Championship

David Duval

21 years, 9 months, 1993 Wichita Open

David Duval

21 years, 11 months, 1993 Tour Championship

Michael Sim

22 years, 2006 PalmettoPride Classsic

Harris English

22 years, 1 day, 2011 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational

Russell Henley

22 years, 26 days, 2011 Stadion Classic at UGA

Seung-Yul Noh

22 years, 3 months, 25 days, 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Ben Kohles

22 years, 5 months, 5 days, 2012 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational

Chris Nallen

22 years, 6 months, 1 day, 2004 Gila River Golf Classic

Luke Guthrie

22 years, 7 months, 15 days, 2012 Albertsons Boise Open

-- Noh (22 years, 3 months, 25 days) is the second-youngest winner on the Tour this year. Patrick Cantlay was 20 years, 11 months, 15 days when he won the Colombia Championship in early March.

-- Noh became the third player from South Korea to win on the Tour. He joined Kevin Na (2006 Mark Christopher Charity Classic) and James Hahn (2012 Rex Hospital Open) as South Korean-born winners.

-- Noh became the first foreign-born winner in the tournament’s seven-year history.

-- Noh became the second-youngest winner in tournament history and the third straight 22-year-old to win on the Scarlet Course:
            Harris English               2011                 22 years, 1 day
            Seung-Yul Noh            2013                 22 years, 3 months, 25 days
            Ben Kohles                   2012                 22 years, 5 months, 5 days
            Daniel Summerhays      2007                 23 years, 7 months, 13 days

-- Noh’s five-stroke win today is the largest in tournament history. Daniel Summerhays won by two strokes in 2007 and the tournament has been decided by one stroke or a playoff in the past five seasons.

-- Noh became the 14th first-time winner in 24 Tour events this season.

-- Noh became the 12th third-round leader/co-leader to go on to victory in 24 events this year. He also became only the 4th second-round leader/co-leader to win this season.         

-- Edward Loar moved up the leaderboard Sunday with a 6-under 65 that put him at 7-under 277 and solo second. Loar, winner of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open during the Regular Season, moved up from No. 36 to No. 6 on the Finals Priority Ranking. He had ended the season No. 4 on the money list after posting six top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Loar moved to No. 1 on the money list with his win in Louisiana in late March and never dropped below No. 4 for the remainder of the Regular Season.

-- Loar finished T69 at the Hotel Fitness Championship two weeks ago and T24 at last week’s Chiquita Classic.

-- Loar tied the tournament record with a 5-under 31 on the front side. D.J. Brigman established the mark during the first round in 2010.

-- Tyrone van Aswegen fired a 2-over 73 and wound up tied for 4th place. The 33-year old South African-born van Aswegen made the biggest leap in the Priority Ranking, jumping from a tie for 107th to No. 19. Van Aswegen had missed the cut in the first two Finals events but now looks assured of gaining a PGA TOUR card for the 2013-14 season.

-- Kris Blanks made a hole-in-one at the 214-yard, 13th hole using a 5-iron. It was only the third ace in tournament history – Kelly Grunewald, 2007, R1, No. 13; Camilo Benedetti, 2010, R1, No. 8

-- The Tour will take next week off and then head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the Tour Championship Sept. 23-29. The last of the four Finals events will be held at TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley).