Seung-Yul Noh had a bogey-free first round to take a one-stroke lead into the second day of the PGA’s Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedExCup playoff series.
The South Korean golfer, who has one win on the European Tour, fired a 9-under 62 yesterday at the TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. Chris Kirk holds second place at 8-under and Tiger Woods shares third at 7-under 64 with Ryan Moore and Jeff Overton.
“Everything good today, swing, putting, everything great today,” the 21-year-old Noh told reporters yesterday. “So happy for today.”
Defending champion Webb Simpson opened with a 2-under 69 and is tied for 27th going into the second round.
Woods, who started on the back nine, ended the round with eight birdies and a bogey.
“I played really well today,” Woods, 36, said. “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.”
A two-time winner of the PGA Tour’s season-long FedExCup points title, Woods tied for 38th at last week’s Barclays event, the first of four playoff tournaments to decide the season’s overall champion. He entered this week third in the standings behind Barclays winner Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker.
After this Labor Day weekend tournament, which includes the top 100 players in the standings, the field will be reduced to 70 for the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club next week. The Carmel, Indiana, course will host a PGA Tour event for the first time since John Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick.
After a one-week break, the top 30 players on the points list will contend for the FedExCup title at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.