NORTON, Mass. -- PGA Tour rookie Seung-Yul Noh fired a flawless 9-under 62 on Friday, coming up one stroke short of the TPC Boston course record, to grab the first-round lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
You may not know much about the 21-year-old Korean, who began the week in 54th place in the FedEx Cup points race but rocketed up to a projected second place, but we’re sure the greenskeeper at TPC River Highlands in nearby Cromwell, Conn., remembers him. He’s the guy who did a bit of gardening on the 15th tee during the final round of the Travelers Championship in June, after a wayward tee shot.
We doubt there were any such fireworks on Friday for Noh, who banged in four straight birdies beginning on the par-4 third, made the turn at 31, and stacked up five more birdies on the back.
"Swing, putting -- everything great today," Noh said after his stellar round. "So happy for today."
Noh will take a one-shot edge over Chris Kirk into Saturday’s second round. He leads playing partner Ryan Moore, Tiger Woods, and Jeff Overton by two shots.
Reigning PGA champ Rory McIlroy, who canned seven birdies following an opening bogey, was just one behind the trio, in a tie for sixth place with Bryce Molder.