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NOH AIMS FOR QUICK RETURN TO BRITISH OPEN
St Andrews: Korean teenage phenom Noh Seung-yul bowed out of the British Open after a four-over-par 76 in howling winds on Friday but vowed to make a quick return to the world’s oldest Major.
The 19-year-old, who currently leads the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, failed to cope with the strong gusts which blew many off course at St Andrews as he shot one birdie against three bogeys and one double bogey for a two-day total of four-over-par 148.
A four-putt double bogey on the 10th hole took the wind out of his challenge although he bade goodbye to the Old Course with a closing birdie at the 18th hole.
“It was a nice experience. It was windy and that made it tough. I played okay. My tee shots were good but my second shots were not so good. I missed several greens and every hole was tough,” said Noh, winner of the Maybank Malaysian Open in March.
“I’ll try to come back again next year. I enjoyed the event. It was totally different conditions and it’s another good experience for me, especially with a lot of good players here.”
Noh turned in 38 with bogeys on six and eight before disaster struck on the 10th hole when he took four putts from 30 feet. “It was very windy and I was afraid my ball would move. The ball was moving almost on every hole. There was a lot of delay in my tempo and it affected my concentration a little bit,” said the 19-year-old.
“Looking back, I should have done more yesterday (when he shot 72) when conditions were good during my round. I don’t think my game is suited for the winds but I’ll try to come back again.
“It was nice that I got to play at the place where golf started. It was a privilege as every golfer wants to play at St Andrews and I had the chance to do it this week,” he said.
Noh will remain in Europe for the next few weeks before returning to the Asian Tour focus on the Merit race where he hopes to be Asia’s youngest ever number one.
“I’m going to concentrate on the Order of Merit. However, I’m also planning to play the US Tour Qualifying School which clashes with few big events in Asia at the end of the year. I’ll have to make some decision later on what to play,” said Noh.