South Korea`s Noh eyes greater golf glory in 2011

Korea`s teen golf sensation Noh Seung-Yul, the newly crowned Asian Tour number one, says he will be working to build more consistency in his game as he bids for even greater glory in 2011.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 14:47 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Korea`s teen golf sensation Noh Seung-Yul, the newly crowned Asian Tour number one, says he will be working to build more consistency in his game as he bids for even greater glory in 2011.

The 19-year-old was a big hit in Asia last year, thanks to one victory in Malaysia, four top-10s and commendable performances in the Majors but he will not be resting on his laurels as he seeks to maintain his rise in world golf.

"I want to be more consistent with my game," said Noh.

"On some days I`m good but the next day, I`m bad. I need to be consistent for four days regularly. Once I can do that, I can start thinking about winning the big tournaments including the Majors.”

"I will keep working on all parts of my game, not just one or two areas. I think I have learned a lot by playing on the Asian Tour these past few years but there is still more to learn," he added.

One thing that Noh can count upon during his travels across many of the world`s finest fairways this season is his father-cum-caddie, Gu-hyeon.

Noh paid tribute to his father, who he said helped him keep his mind on the game.

"There is more focus in my golf and I can play well," said Noh.

"When I first joined the Asian Tour (in 2008), I didn`t have many friends. Nobody knew me then and dad was my only friend. It was very important that he travelled and caddied for me and he is good company," he said.
After becoming the youngest Asian Tour Order of Merit winner at the age of 19 years and 204 days, as well as picking up the Players` Player of the Year award, Noh`s vision for the future is very clear.

The Korean, who underwent corrective eye surgery last month, has set his sights on winning on European soil this year and intends to break into the world`s top-30.

But Noh, presently ranked 64th in the world, is in no rush to contend in the Majors, despite impressive showings at the US Open and PGA Championship last year suggesting he has every chance of emulating countryman YE Yang as a Major champion.
"The Majors are different. We play on difficult courses and totally different conditions," said Noh, who won the Maybank Malaysian Open last season and the 2008 Midea China Classic in his rookie professional year.

"Once I get more experience in the Majors, I can maybe become the second Asian player to win a Major."

As the Asian Tour number one, Noh will automatically qualify for this year`s British Open and the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

If he maintains or improves his world ranking, he will also qualify for the WGC-Accenture Match Play next month.

Bureau Report