Grading the Zurich Classic
High marks for Seung-yul Noh, Keegan Bradley, and Justin Rose in New Orleans.
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.
"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.
Spoke with Sean Foley yesterday and he said former pupil Seung-yul Noh is amongst the most talented players he's seen. Pretty high praise.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) April 27, 2014
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.
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