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PGA Tour: 22-year-old Seung-Yul Noh wins the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Seung-Yul Noh had an up-and-down round on Sunday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but he made a birdie on 16 and a key par save on 17 to solidify his first win on the PGA Tour.  The 22-year-old from South Korea earns a two-year exemption, an invitation to the Masters, $1.224 million in prize money, and the recognition as a winner on Tour.  Another notable accolade was the beer bath by Y.E. Yang and Charlie Wi after the final putt went down.

Noh came into the final round with a two-stroke lead over Keegan Bradley.  After a bogey by Noh on one and a birdie by Keegan on two, both players were tied for the lead at 17-under total.  However, it all went downhill for Bradley starting with a bogey on the fifth hole and a triple bogey on the seventh hole that he was unable to recover from.

Noh steadied his round with six straight pars after the opening bogey and a birdie on eight to regain the outright lead over Robert Streb.

Streb doubled nine and bogeyed ten to fall off the pace, but made a back nine surge with birdies on twelve, thirteen, and sixteen to get within one stroke of Noh.

Despite a bogey on fifteen, Noh stuck his approach on sixteen to two-feet, giving himself a three-stroke lead as Streb bogeyed the par-3 seventeenth.  Noh then made an awesome up-and-down on seventeen to take a three-stroke lead into the final hole at 19-under total.  The beer bath occurred after Noh sank his one-foot par putt for the win.

Streb birdied the final hole to tie for second place at 17-under with Andrew Svoboda, who also birdied eighteen for a three-under 69.  Streb fired a final round 70.

Jeff Overton finished in solo fourth at 16-under total.

Robert Garrigus surged into a tie for fifth with an eight-under 64.  Erik Compton and Charley Hoffman also tied for fifth at 14-under total.

Bradley tied for eighth with Justin Rose and Tommy Gainey at thirteen-under total.


Tags: 2014 Zurich Classic Of New Orleans Andrew Svoboda Charley Hoffman Erik Compton Jeff Overton Justin Rose Keegan Bradley New Orleans PGA Tour Robert Garrigus Robert Streb Seung-Yul Noh Tommy Gainey

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