NOH SHOOTS BEST OPENING SCORE AT OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS
Crans Montana, Switzerland, September 1: Reigning Asian Tour number one Noh Seung-yul of Korea produced his best opening score at the Omega European Masters with a two-under-par 69 on Thursday.
Noh, the youngest ever player to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season, traded seven birdies against three bogeys and one double bogey on the par three 16th hole where his tee shot landed behind a tree at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
He made his debut at the Omega European Masters in 2009 where he shot a 73 in the first round before missing the halfway cut. In 2010, he produced a 71 but went on to claim a fourth place finish.
Noh trailed clubhouse leaders Martin Kaymer of Germany and flight mate Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland by four strokes in the €2 million (approximately US$2.6 million) showpiece co sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
“I’m quite confident I can do better in the second round. This is my best opening score in the tournament and it is because I’m feeling more comfortable playing in Europe now compared to last year,” said Noh, a two-time Asian Tour winner.
The 20-year-old, who is two years younger than McIlroy, said he was motivated to follow in the footsteps of the US Open champion.
“Rory is very consistent in his long and short game. He makes very little mistakes and it showed in his round where he only had one bogey,” said the Korean.
“I try to win in every tournament and Majors that I play in. Just look at Rory, he won a Major at such a young age and he inspires me to win tournaments and in the future maybe a Major. He motivates many young players such as myself to go out, play our own game and try to win,” added Noh.
The first round of the Omega European Masters is still in progress.
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