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Seung-Yul Noh wins Tour finals event

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm •  Published: September 15, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — South Korea's Seung-Yul Noh won the third of four Tour Finals series events Sunday to wrap up a PGA Tour card.

The 22-year-old Noh closed with a 2-under 69 for a five-stroke victory in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. He finished at 12-under 272 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course and earned $180,000 to take the series lead with $210,125.

"I got started pretty solidly today and then I made a bogey on the third hole and I had just a one-shot lead after four holes," Noh said. "I just started thinking to just keep going and play like it's the first round. I wasn't nervous today and felt very comfortable."

He rebounded with birdies on Nos. 5-7.

"The birdie on No. 5 was the turning point," Noh said. "I hit a 5-iron to about 4 feet and then on No. 6, I made about a 35-40-footer for another birdie."

His PGA Tour card secured, Noh is returning home to South Korea for the first time since December. He will miss the series-ending Tour Championship on Sept. 26-29 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The bulk of the series field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the regular-season money list are assured PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the finals. The money leader in the four events will be fully exempt and earn a spot in The Players Championship.

Noh was 160th in the FedEx Cup standings. He opened the series with a seventh-place tie in Fort Wayne, Ind., and missed the cut last week in Davidson, N.C. Noh has two victories on the Asian Tour — the 2008 China Classic at age 16 and the 2010 Malaysian Open.

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