He started hitting golf balls at the beach near his house when he was seven years old. Says his coach Choi Myung-ho has been a big help, saying that "it was only me and the golf ball that I had to focus on" during a round. His father, Gu-huieun, has provided the guidance by caddying for him in the early part of his career. Noh enjoyed a strong amateur career where he won the 2005 Korean Amateur Championship and 2005 Korean Junior Amateur. Was part of the Korean national team in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he finished tied third at the Maekyung Open while he was still an amateur and followed that up with another top-10 at the Korean Open.
Achieved remarkable success in his rookie season on the Asian Tour when, aged on only 17, he won his first title with victory in the 2008 Midea China Classic. Made an immediate impact after getting his Asian Tour card through the Qualifying School when, in addition to winning his maiden title, he claimed three runners-up finishes and a further six top tens in his 16 events.
Noh showed his immense talent by putting together seven top-10s in 2009, with his best finish being a tied fifth outing at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
Noh claimed his second Asian Tour title in fine style, defeating fellow Korean K.J. Choi with a stunning final hole birdie at the 2010 Maybank Malaysian Open. It was a great finish as he needed to pull off an exquisite chip on the 18th hole after not finding the fairway with two errant shots. The win made him the second youngest winner (18 years, 282 days) ever on the European Tour after Danny Lee (18 years, 213 days)
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