Korean teen Noh earns spot in PGA Championship
Sunday, January 30, 2011
KOHLER, Wisconsin (USA) – Noh Seung-yul has been extended a late exemption to the U.S. PGA Championship, the year’s final major.
The South Korean teenager will line-up alongside defending champion and compatriot (Y.E.) Yang Yong-eun, and all the world’s best players, in next week’s showcase at Whistling Straits.
As well as granting exemptions to all players in the top-100 in Monday’sOfficial World Golf Ranking who were not already eligible, special invitations went to three players outside the top-100 – Noh, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and England’s Simon Khan.
Noh leaped to international prominence in March when he won the Malaysian Open, a co-sanctioned Asian Tour and European Tour event.
He currently tops the Asian Tour Order of Merit and is ranked No. 105 in the world..
For the 19-year-old, it will be his third major appearance of the year. He tied for 40th in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June and narrowly missed the cut in last month’s Open Championship at St. Andrews.
In total, there will be 12 Asians in the 156-player field next Thursday.
From Korea, (K.J.) Choi Kyung-ju, Kim Kyung-tae and Charlie Wi will join Noh and Yang, while Ryo Ishikawa, Yuta Ikeda, Hiroyuki Fujita, Tetsuji Hiratsuka and Koumei Oda will represent Japan.
Completing the Asian line-up will be Thai Thongchai Jaidee and China’s Liang Wen-chong.