A WIN IN COLUMBUS
After shaking in a three-foot par putt on the 72nd hole Sunday
at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, Tyrone Van Aswegen patted
his heart and breathed a sigh of relief. He had just bogeyed his
previous three holes, but now he was in with a five-under-par
279 total, and he thought it might be enough.
He was right. Van Aswegen, 31, of South Africa, ended up T- 4
in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third
of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals. Having missed the
cut in the first two events, Van Aswegen leaped from 107th
(essentially last) to 19th on the Finals earnings list with $41,333,
enough to secure his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season.
“If you’re trying to win a tournament, that’s the kind of nerves
you think you’re going to feel, and that wasn’t even to win,” said
Van Aswegen, whose previous career highlight came in 2009 by
winning the $160,000 Long Beach Open, a non-tour event. “You
know what’s at stake—getting your card. You put all that pres-
sure on yourself, and you get nervous.”
Nervous? Not the winner. Seung-Yul Noh of South Korea with-
stood an early charge from Van Aswegen and Jim Herman and
raced to a five-stroke victory over Edward Loar. He’ll be returning
to the PGA Tour after pocketing the $180,000 first prize and
taking the top spot on the Finals money list with $210,125.
“No, not much. I feel very comfortable,” Noh, 22, said when
asked if he got nervous when his three-stroke lead at the start
of the day dwindled to a stroke after four holes. He proceeded to
birdie the next three, sinking putts of four, 40 and three feet.
“Yeah, good turning point,” added Noh, who shot a closing
two-under 69 and 12-under 272 total to become the second
youngest winner (behind Patrick Cantlay) this year on the
The week in general was a good turning point for Noh. He
struggled for much of 2013 after competing in three FedEx Cup
playoff events last year. An equipment switch from Titleist
to Nike contributed to a subpar year as he dropped to 160th
on the FedEx Cup points list. But two days before teeing it up
in Columbus, he made a swing adjustment. The result was a
tournament-best 56 of 72 greens in regulation. He ranked 119th
in the statistic this year on the PGA Tour.
“A lot was just feel,” he explained.
He wasn’t the only one feeling better. Each Finals stop is a
tournament within a tournament. Loar, thanks to a closing 65,
rose to sixth on the Finals list. The winner of the Finals earns a
higher priority and a berth in the Players. “The priority ranking is
huge,” Loar, 35, of Rockwall, Texas, said.
Herman also probably punched his ticket back to the big
leagues despite a 74 that dropped him into a seven-way tie
for seventh at 280. Others who moved into the top 50 were
Spencer Levin and Chad Collins, both T- 7, and Steve Wheatcroft
(T- 14). Former NCAA champion John Peterson finished third
after a 66, the only player in the Finals to finish in the top 10 in
all three Finals events. —D.S.
Nervous? Not the winner.
Seung-Yul Noh (shown) with-
stood an early charge and
raced to a five-stroke victory
over Edward Loar at Columbus.
He’ll be returning to the tour
after pocketing the $180,000
first prize and taking the top
spot on the Finals money list.