Noh wins Zurich Classic for first Tour title


Seung Yul-Noh won his first PGA Tour title Sunday in breezy conditions at the Zurich Classic. Noh stumbled out of the gate with a bogey on the first hole, but he played steady golf for the rest of the day to win in New Orleans. Here's the skinny from the final round.

Leaderboard: Seung-Yul Noh (-19); Robert Streb (-17); Andrew Svoboda (-17); Jeff Overton (-16); Robert Garrigus (-14); Charley Hoffman (-14); Erik Compton (-14)

What it means: Noh became the fifth player from South Korea to win on the PGA Tour, joining fellow countrymen K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang, Kevin Na and Sang-Moon Bae. Despite being a pro since 2007, Noh is only a month shy of his 23rd birthday. He finished 37th in FedEx Cup points in his rookie year in 2012, but he struggled last year on the big tour. Noh picked up a win at the Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and finished fourth on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card for 2014. Now with his win in New Orleans, Noh earns a two-year exemption, a spot in the Players and PGA as well as a ticket to the 2015 Masters.

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Round of the day: Playing in honor of his caddie's late father, who died on Tuesday, Robert Garrigus shot a jaw-dropping, 8-under 64 in the final round to finish T-5. With the average score near 73, Garrigus closed with four birdies and an eagle over his final six holes and shared a tearful hug with his caddie, Brent Henley.

Best of the rest: Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton shot a 4-under 68 to finish T-5. Compton, who is exempt thanks to a 99th-place finish in the 2013 FedEx Cup race, also finished T-5 at Bay Hill.

Biggest disappointment: Playing in the final group with Noh, Keegan Bradley was primed to win for the fourth time in his career. After all, in his three previous wins, Bradley came from behind to take home the trophy. That narrative was playing out again Sunday when Bradley briefly tied Noh for the lead after a birdie on No. 2. But in an all-too-familiar storyline from 2014, the biggest name on the leaderboard faltered down the stretch. Bradley bogeyed No. 5, and then tripled No. 7 to fall out of contention. He was never a factor the rest of the day.

Shot of the day: After his tee shot flew over the green on the driveable par-4 13th, Noh drew a tough lie. He was on the downslope of a small greenside bunker, but Noh's pitch shot hit the center of the flagstick and settled 3 feet away. He drained the birdie putt to build a three-shot lead and gave himself a nice cushion over the closing four holes.

Quote of the day: "It was a magical day." – Garrigus after shooting an 8-under 64.