By: Mike the Intern
When you think of young golfers that are doing their part to shape the changing landscape of the sport, now characterized by parity, a couple names come to mind. Rory. Rickie. Keegan. Even 17-year-old Beau Hossler has become a household name, thanks to his unlikely success in the U.S. Open.
This excites young guys like me (I won’t give my age, but let’s just say when Tiger won the 1997 Masters, I was more concerned with my first day of elementary school that fall). Watching golf on TV used to be something you promised your dad you’d do with him. On Father’s Day. Now, we can relate. We have players our age we can root for; ones that actually have a shot at pulling off a win.
But if you’ve graduated from casual fan to golf nut, you’ve likely added another name into your conversation arsenal of rising players. Seung-Yul Noh, a 21-year-old South Korean, gained a few more fans this weekend when he tied for fourth at the AT&T National at 4 under par.
Yeah, so the kid had a pretty good weekend, but Tiger won, so who cares? I care, and so should you. Here are some numbers to consider:
• Noh has made nine straight cuts on the PGA Tour this season; a personal best and in the top 10 for current players.
• Noh is second on the list for made cuts this year, notching 16, sitting only one behind the current leader, Brendan de Jonge.
• Noh drives the ball 299.2 yards on average, an impressive feat for someone that’s officially listed at 165 pounds.
Noh also had his best finish of the season at Congressional, finishing in the top-five for the first time in his career. However, Noh had two other top-10 finishes in the last few months, at Wells Fargo and the St. Jude Classic. Up until he shot a 73 on Sunday, Noh had held the current record for consecutive rounds under par at eight. Eight.
Right now, Noh is just one of the handful of South Korean men in the game right now. But with the success he’s having this season, he may be the one with the brightest future. He’s certainly on my radar, and it’s only a matter of time until he’s on yours too.