Noh Seung-yeol took the sole lead with an 11-under-par 60 stroke on the first day of the AT&T Byron Nelson (total prize money of $9.5 million) of the PGA Tour.
In the first round of the tournament held at TPC Craig Ranch (par 71) in McKinney, Texas on the 12th (Korean time), Noh Seung-yeol hit 1 eagle and 9 birdies without bogey. Unfortunately, he failed to score 59, which is called the ‘dream at-bat’, with a difference of one stroke.
Noh Seung-yeol, who won his first career victory at the Zurich Classic in April 2014, is challenging for his 2nd career victory in 9 years메이저놀이터.
Noh Seung-yeol has participated in 12 competitions this season and has never been in the top 10. His tie for 15th at the RSM Classic last year is his best result this season.
The FedEx Cup points ranking is also 150th, and securing a seed for next year, which is given up to 125th, is also unclear.
However, if he wins this competition, he can raise his FedEx points ranking to No. 44 and receive a two-year seed.
In this tournament, only Korean players have shown strong performances. Bae Sang-moon in 2013, Kang Seong-hoon in 2019, and Lee Kyung-hoon won consecutively in 2021 and 2022.
Adam Scott (Australia) and Dou Zecheng (China), who shot 8 under par 63, were tied for second place.
Kim Si-woo recorded a 6 under par 65, and was tied for 10th place. Bae Sang-moon, Kang Seong-hoon, and Kim Seong-hyun were tied for 17th place (5 under par, 66 strokes).
Byeong-Hun Ahn finished his first day in a tie for 31st after posting a 4-under-par 67.
Lee Gyeong-hoon, who is aiming for a third straight victory in the tournament, tied for 88th (1 under par, 70 strokes), and Kim Joo-hyung tied for 104th (even par, 71 strokes), so a red flag was turned on for passing the cut.