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Noh seizes lead in Boston with Woods in hot pursuit

Published on Sep 1, 2012 8:04 AM
Seung-Yul Noh of South Korea tees off at the 16th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Massachusetts, Aug 31, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NORTON, Massachusetts (AFP) - Seung Yul Noh capped a flawless nine-under 62 with two birdies on Friday to seize a one-shot first-round lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second stop in the US PGA Tour play-offs.

South Korea's Noh, playing in more testing afternoon conditions, roared past early pace-setters Tiger Woods and Jeff Overton, who had shared the morning clubhouse lead on 64 but ended the day sharing third place alongside Ryan Moore and behind Noh and American Chris Kirk - who carded an eight-under 63 at the TPC Boston.

Noh nabbed his first birdie of the day on the par-five second, then reeled off four straight birdies from the fourth. Four birdies coming home included back-to-back efforts at 17 and 18 - where he landed a wedge five feet from the pin.

Woods' round included a string of six birdies and was his second-lowest of the season, bettered only by the 62 he carded in the final round of the Honda Classic.

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