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NOH HOPEFUL OF A MIRACLE AT WGC-HSBC CHAMPIONS
Shanghai, November 6: Korea’s Noh Seung-yul posted a one-under-par 71 to remain as the region’s best hope for an Asian winner but concedes that he needs a superlative effort to haul himself back into title contention at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Saturday.
Noh, who is widely tipped to become the youngest Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, has to overcome a eight-shot deficit if he hopes to land the biggest win of his career at the WGC-HSBC Champions this week.
The young Korean will start the final round of the US$7 million Shanghai showpiece in tied-eighth position alongside three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland after posting a three-day total of six-under-par 210.
“It’s difficult but I’ll try my best,” said the 19-year-old teenager of his title ambitions.
Starting the day in equal seventh, Noh got his round going with two birdies in his opening three holes at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
However two bogeys on the fourth and ninth holes brought him back to even-par at the halfway mark.
Another bogey on the par-four 11th caused him to slip further down the leaderboard until he recovered with a birdie on the 14th hole.
Noh was staring at a lost cause when he committed another costly bogey on the 17th hole until a magical eagle three on the closing par-five 18th brought back some relief for the young Korean.
“It was an important eagle. I used a five-iron for that third shot and I was really happy when my shot fell into the cup from about 217 yards,” said Noh.
Asian Tour GolfGreedy.com