Grading the Zurich Classic

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You can add Seung-yul Noh's name to three lists with his win by two over Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb at the Zurich Classic.

First: Noh is the fifth South Korean to win on the PGA Tour. YE Yang, KJ Choi, Kevin Na, and Sang-Moon Bae are the other four. That's a strong list. Yang even gave him a beer bath on the 18th green.

Second: Noh is the seventh first-time winner of the Zurich Classic in the last 10 years. A launching pad of sorts.

The third is my unofficial list of "dudes under 25 that could be a force on tour for the next decade."

Rory McIlroy obviously tops this list, followed by the likes of Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Henley, Noh and others.

Noh has known this day was coming for a long time and his age belies his maturity. He noted to Golf Channel he's been playing all week for the victims of the South Korean ferry accident.

"It was very sad news for the Korean ship," said Noh. "So hopefully another bogey-free round tomorrow, and hopefully good news for the Koreans."

Sunday wasn't bogey-free but he did make South Korea happy as it became the first country outside of Australia and the United States to lay claim to a PGA Tour win this season.

He wasn't the only one who saw today coming, either.

With his 71 on Sunday the 22-year-old became the youngest winner on tour since a guy named Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classis at age 19 in 2013.

Noh told CBS' Peter Kostis after his win that this victory wasn't about himself.

"It felt very quiet 10 days ago [in South Korea]," said Noh. "I came back and tried to keep working hard, tried to give happy energy for all the Koreans."

Happy energy, indeed.

Here are our grades for the Zurich Classic:

A I want all of the stock in Seung-yul Noh. His swing is as buttery as they come and he showed on Sunday he's got the goods to close. Finish: Win
A Keegan Bradley shot a 75 on Sunday to lose by six. It was even uglier than it sounds. Finish: T8
B Justin Rose had a top 10 finish but with as weak a field as showed up in New Orleans, I expect more from Rose. A first-round 71 sunk him in the end. Finish: T8
B David Duval had a fantastic tournament for where he's been but got progressively worse throughout the week. Went 68-69-70-73. Finish: T25

Here are Patrick Reed's finishes since declaring himself top five in the world: T52, CUT, T48, CUT. Not ideal. Finish: CUT

F A missed cut from Rickie Fowler in any tournament should be considered unacceptable. But at this tournament, that's really bad, especially after his Masters performance. Finish: CUT

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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