Seung-Yul Noh: Korean star will win Major championships in the future, says Mark Roe
22-year-old showed mental strength to prevail in New Orleans
Last Updated: 28/04/14 3:27pm
That's the view of Sky Sports pundit Mark Roe after the South Korean won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his maiden victory on the PGA Tour, by two strokes from American duo Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb.
Noh triumphed at the Maybank Malaysian Open, an event co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, in 2010 at the tender age of 18 and after collecting his first title in the States, Roe feels the 22-year-old will take the golfing world by storm.
"This is the first of what I think will be many victories on the PGA Tour - and I have no doubt in my mind that those victories will include Major championships," he said.
"There are good players out there and some incredibly good players out there, but then players a slight level up from that come along, like Rory McIlroy.
"You know when they play their best game they are capable of dominating a field and can basically do anything and Noh is in that class."
Noh began his final round in Louisiana with a two-shot advantage over 2011 USPGA Champion Keegan Bradley, but promptly fired his first bogey of the week at the opening hole.
However, he redeemed himself by birdieing the eighth and 10th and followed each of his bogeys on the back nine by immediately picking up a shot on the next green.
Roe believes that shows just how mentally strong the youngster is and says that when he takes his place in stellar fields at the impending Players Championship, as well as at this year's USPGA and next season's Masters, he has a great chance of prevailing.
"He is so good and proved his class today [Sunday] because he had a nervy start and it looked like it was slipping away from him," added the Sky Sports analyst.
"However, every time he made a mistake he did what great players do and came back with something special.
"He now walks into all the big championships but walks into them not just looking forward to playing in them but winning them.
"He is someone I would pay to watch play golf and the doors are now open."