Noh holds two-shot advantage over Bradley


Ben Martin blitzed the field with his record-setting performance in Rounds 1 and 2, which is why Seung-Yul Noh largely flew under the radar at the Zurich Classic. That wasn't the case on Saturday, as the South Korean carded a 65 on his way to taking a two-shot lead heading into Sunday.

With one round to go, here’s how things look for the finale at TPC Louisiana:

Leaderboard: Seung-Yul Noh (-18); Keegan Bradley (-16); Robert Streb (-15); Ben Martin, Andrew Svobada and Jeff Overton (-14); Paul Casey (-13)

What it means: We go from one leader to another as Noh pieced together a solid round of 65 and took control in New Orleans. The 22-year-old will enter the final round in great position to nab his first Tour victory, but with Bradley on his heels, it won’t come easily. History could be on his side as the Zurich Classic has been a proven launching pad for first-time winners over the years.

Round of the day: How about a tie? Both Noh and Bradley took advantage of great weather on Saturday and surpassed Martin at the top of the leaderboard. Noh looked like a seasoned veteran turning in his third straight bogey-free round, which included seven birdies with four coming on the back nine. Meanwhile, the former PGA champion, Bradley, capped his round of 65 off making his eighth birdie of the day at the par-5 18th. His only mishap came at the par-3 ninth.

Best of the rest: Beginning the day 10 shots off the pace, Paul Casey pieced together a stellar round of 64, helping the Englishman leap into the mix heading into Sunday. His bogey-free round included eight birdies, with a stretch on the back nine in which the 36-year-old recorded five – Nos. 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 - in a span of six holes. He sits five shots off the pace.

Biggest disappointment: By no means is he out of the running for his first career victory, but Martin took a step in the wrong direction Saturday carding a 1-over 73.  This marked the second straight week – last week’s RBC Heritage - where the 26-year-old held at least a share of the lead heading into the weekend, but failed to shoot under par on Saturday.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Can the young Noh fend off the former major champion in the final pairing on Sunday for his first career victory, or can Bradley surpass the youngster for his first trip to the winner’s circle since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2012. With multiple players in the hunt and a decent weather forecast on the horizon for the final round, Sunday could be quite the shootout at TPC Louisiana.