Noh trouble for youngster
Woods two shots back after an opening 64
Last Updated: September 1, 2012 7:34am
Seung-Yul Noh: three top-10s this year
Korean Seung-Yul Noh had nine birdies in a flawless round of 62 to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
The 21-year-old from Seoul has had three top-10 finishes on his way to 51st place on the FedEx Cup money list, but is chasing his first victory this week in his 27th start.
Noh told the PGA Tour's official website: "Swing, putting - everything great today. So happy for today."
Noh had four consecutive birdies from the third and turned in 31. He had five more birdies heading home, including making a 40-foot putt for a three at the 17th.
He is a shot clear of American Chris Kirk in the second play-off event, while Tiger Woods, Jeff Overton and Ryan Moore are two shots off the pace after opening 64s.
McIlroy in the mix
First round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-9 S-Y Noh (Kor)
-8 C Kirk
-7 T Woods
-7 J Overton
-7 R Moore
-6 R McIlroy (NI)
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Moore was playing alongside Noh and commented: "It's always nice to be playing next to another guy making putts. You're seeing them go in, kind of makes that hole a little bigger sometimes."
Woods said afterwards: "I hit a lot of good shots and on top of that I putted well at the same time. It was a nice little combination."
The former world No.1 added on PGA Tour Radio: "I hit the ball well enough to probably shoot maybe one or two more (under par). I missed a couple of little putts out there.
"But also I made my share from outside of 15, 20 feet as well."
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is in the mix after a 65, while Ian Poulter and Luke Donald both began with four-under 67s.
"I definitely didn't drive the ball the way I wanted to," McIlroy said after only hitting four fairways.
"I drove it great last week at Bethpage and didn't putt so well but this week it seems like I didn't drive it so good today but putted well."