Fast-rising Noh, having conquered Asia, raring to go on PGA Tour career

Noh Seung-yul
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Noh Seung-yul is optimistic that he will feel at home on the PGA Tour with fellow Koreans such as Y.E. Yang, K.J. Choi, Charlie Wi and Bae Sang-moon already succeeding there.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | 11:30 p.m.

Rising star Noh Seung-yul is aiming to make an immediate impact when he begins life on the PGA Tour this week.

The 20-year-old Korean, the 2010 Asian Tour No. 1, earned his 2012 PGA Tour card through Qualifying School at the end of last year, and begins his campaign in the Sony Open.

"I have been dreaming of playing on the PGA Tour since I was so young, and this year I am starting my dream," he said. "I am really looking forward to it. I can't wait to play in my first PGA tournament."

Since bursting onto the Asian Tour as a 16-year-old in 2008, Noh's stock has risen hugely.

He won a first title in China during his rookie season to become the Asian Tour's Rookie of the Year and subsequently became the region's youngest ever No. 1 by lifting the Order of Merit crown two years ago courtesy of a popular victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The slender Korean, who is coached by Butch Harmon, hopes to make an immediate impact on the PGA Tour and has set himself some lofty goals.

"A win will be great. I'll try to aim for a win and also the Rookie of the Year award," said Noh. "I would also like to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs which will be my objective this year."

While Q-School is often regarded as one of the hardest tests in golf, Noh said he felt in total control as he finished an impressive tie for third in the six-round competition. Now he is raring to go.

"I didn't really feel any different," he said. "As the days go by and the first tournament comes nearer, I feel pumped," he said. "I've got used to my new swing and I feel comfortable with my shots. Now that my shots are more consistent, my confidence level has been boosted."

Noh is optimistic that he will feel at home on the PGA Tour with many of his compatriots already plying their trade there. They include major champion Y.E. Yang, current Players Championship winner K.J. Choi and former Asian Tour winners Charlie Wi and Bae Sang-moon.

"I will not be lonesome or homesick, so I know I will be able to enjoy my play," he said. "Plus I can get adjusted rather easily on the PGA Tour."