Noh and Na are both from Seoul, South Korea, but Noh is a 21-year-old PGA Tour rookie. Na is a 28-year-old PGA Tour veteran.
The most important difference between the two yesterday was that Noh fired a 9-under 62 to lead the tournament by a shot over Chris Kirk and two over boyhood idol Tiger Woods, playing partner Ryan Moore and Jeff Overton. Na shot a 2-under 69.
Noh earned his PGA Tour card by tying for third in qualifying school last December, and his best finish this year was a tie for fourth in July in the AT&T National, a tournament Woods won. He has had three top-10 finishes and earned $1.375 million this year.
Noh played a practice round at the TPC Boston Wednesday, but yesterday was his first competitive round on the course, and he came within a shot of the course record.
It was his lowest round since he opened the 2009 Malaysian Open with a 10-under 62. He ended up tied for 11th at 12 under. Noh said he’s shooting for a top-five finish this week to help him advance in the FedExCup playoffs. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Noh entered this week ranked 54th…