New Kid Takes Early Lead in Deutsche Bank Championship

South Korean Seung-Yui Noh is the leader after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, leading Chris Kirk, Tiger Woods, Jeff Overton and Ryan Moore. The second round is today.


There's a new kid of the Deutsche Bank Championship block.

His old block is half the world away, but 21-year-old Seung-Yuo Noh of Seoul, Korea was the main man at Tournament Players Club of Boston in Norton during Friday's opening round. Noh shot a nine-under par 62, putting one shot ahead of Chris Kirk, who finished a 63 and two shots ahead of Tiger Woods, Jeff Overton and Ryan Moore at 64.

Noh is a 21-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour after playing on the European Tour. The last time he shot a 62 was in 2009 Malaysian Open.

Being a long way from home and not exactly a household, Noh didn't draw a huge crowd on his Friday round. And some of the ones did follow him, weren't exactly sure who they were following.

"Some say Kevin Na, like "Go Kevin," said Noh with a big smile.

If he plays the rest of the tournament like he did Friday, Noh will become over a million dollars and household name on the Norton course.

Already Noh is enjoying expereince playing in America after being on the European Tour.

"That's too hard, like long travel every time, different country, different food," he said. "(It) is so much better in America. There are a lot of Korean people, players and then a lot of Korean restaurants, everything."

One of the golfers chasing Noh is his golfing idol Tiger Woods, who is two strokes back.

"I think the average junior hero is Tiger," he said.

Woods, Overton and Moore will be doing the chasing Saturday at seven-under.

"Overall, I was very pleased with the way I played today and controlled it," Woods said. "Then, the wind started picking up and I still hit really good shots."

Moore got off to strong start with a 30 on the first nine and then finished with a 34 on the back nine.

"I really did a little bit of everything good today," he said. "I drove the ball well, I hit some good shots in there and I was able to capitalize most of the time to have a good birdie chance."

Overton has been in a putting slump for three months and he is hoping Friday's round was a sign that those days are in the rear view mirror.

"Who knows, hopefully, it's fixed and I can come back out tomorrow and do the same," he said. "It was finally good to see a few go in and just make the putts inside 10 feet really."


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