Teenager Noh targets record Asian Tour earnings crown

Singapore: South Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul has his sights set on becoming the youngest winner of the Asian Tour order of merit title after taking top spot following a strong finish at the Ballantine`s Championship.

The 18-year-old fired a final round four-under-par 68 on Sunday to finish five shots behind winner Marcus Fraser of Australia in a tie for fourth but the USD 137,760 cheque moved him above Andrew Dodt in the earnings standings.

"It`s nice to be on top of the Asian Tour order of merit and I hope to do well to secure my position," Noh said in an Asian Tour statement on Monday.

"I know if I win the order of merit, I`ll be the youngest player to do so but at the moment, I don`t want to think too far ahead as there are still many more events this year and things might change. I don`t want to put too much pressure on myself."

The slender teenager learned to play by hitting balls on the beach near his home and made his global breakthrough with a victory at the co-sanctioned Malaysian Open last month, becoming the youngest professional winner on the European Tour.

Noh followed that up by qualifying for the British Open the following week through International Final Qualifying (Asia) in a hot and humid Malaysia but dealt well gloomy conditions at home during last week`s 54-hole Ballantine`s Championship.

"It was a tough week especially with the fog delay during the opening round," Noh added.

"The weather conditions were tough but I`m happy I played well under all these circumstances and I know my game can only get better when I play against these strong players."

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