Noh let-off for KJ Choi

KUALA LUMPUR - Korean teen sensation Noh Seung-yul secured a dramatic one-stroke victory over illustrious countryman KJ Choi at the Malaysian Open with an audacious final-hole birdie yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR - Korean teen sensation Noh Seung-yul secured a dramatic one-stroke victory over illustrious countryman KJ Choi at the Malaysian Open with an audacious final-hole birdie yesterday.

Noh, 18, produced the unlikeliest of birdies at the par-five 634-yard 18th hole to close out the $2million (R14,7million) Asian Tour event with a final round four-under-par 68 for a 14-under-par 274.

"This is more special than my first win," said Noh, who was triumphant at the 2008 Midea China Classic en route to becoming the Asian Tour's rookie of the year that season.

Standing on the 18th tee with a one-stroke advantage over Choi, Soren Hansen, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Rhys Davies, Noh hooked his drive wildly left onto the 10th fairway. With Choi and Hansen playing in front of him, and Aphibarnrat and Davies playing alongside him, Noh was under huge pressure.

His three-wood second shot also stayed well left, eventually landing on a concrete cart path. After being granted relief from the cart path, the young Korean stayed cool and hit a sublime chip over a bunker to within inches of the hole and tapped in for the win. - Sapa-AFP

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