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NOH READY TO UPSTAGE STARS AT WGC-HSBC CHAMPIONS
Shanghai: Korea’s teen titan Noh Seung-yul will face his acid test when he takes on the world’s best this week and he is confident that he will be able to deliver at one of the biggest stages of the game at the WGC-HSBC Champions which tees off on Thursday.
The 19-year-old exudes an aura of maturity and confidence in his game that belies his tender age and is ready to showcase to the world his enormous talent by going up against the likes of defending champion Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and newly-crowned world number one Lee Westwood of England at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
“I always enjoy playing against the best and this week will be one of my biggest tests. I’ve been very happy with my form this season and I’m confidence that I’ll do well if I play true to form again,” said Noh.
Since turning professional on the Asian Tour in 2007, Noh has won two titles including the Malaysia Open earlier this year. He is also leading the Asian Tour Order of Merit and is widely tipped to become the youngest ever Order of Merit champion.
On the international stage, the Korean made his Major debut by playing in all four rounds at the US Open in June and finished tied 28th at the PGA Championship. He also qualified for the British Open at St Andrews.
Noh is undeterred by the assembly of stars in Shanghai as he knows that he can be a star in his own right too.
“You play to win and like all other weeks, that’s what I’m committed to do again in Shanghai this week. You’ve to believe in yourself and that’s the winning mentality you’ve got to adopt,” said the Korean.
Noh will also be aiming to go one better than three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington after coming up short against the Irishman at the Iskandar Johor Open last month.
“Padraig played really week in Johor and he was a deserving winner. I tried to catch up with him on the final day but he was just too good and I had to settle for second place. Perhaps this week will be better for me,” smiled Noh.
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