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Seung-Yul Noh wins Zurich Classic for first PGA victory

AVONDALE, La. — As Seung-Yul Noh exhaled and tilted his head skyward on the 18th green, fellow South Koreans Y.E. Yang and Charlie Wi charged toward him, spraying him with beer.

Noh smiled, removed his hat, held both arms out and soaked it all in.

The 22-year-old overcame windy conditions and the pressure that goes with attempting to secure a maiden PGA Tour triumph, shooting 1-under 71 Sunday to finish at 19-under 269 and win the Zurich Classic by two shots.

He also knew he achieved another goal of providing some joy to a nation that has been reeling since a passenger ship capsized April 16, leaving 300 missing or dead.

"Hopefully, they'll be happy," said Noh, who wore black and yellow ribbons on his white golf hat to honor victims of the ferry tragedy.

Though Noh, the leader through three rounds, never fell out of first, he did make his first three bogeys of the tournament and briefly fell into a tie with Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner who had the gallery behind him.

But Bradley did himself in with bogey on the fifth hole and triple bogey on the sixth.

LPGA: Lydia Ko birdied the final hole for her third tour win and first as a pro, holding off Stacy Lewis and Jenny Shin in the Swinging Skirts Classic in Daly City, Calif. Ko, 17, made a 6-foot birdie putt moments before Lewis sank a 4-footer to finish one back.

"The 18th hole I knew how loud the claps were and that I needed to get close and give myself a birdie chance," Ko said.

After starting the day a stroke behind Lewis, Ko birdied three of her final four holes on the front nine on the way to 3-under 69 and 12-under 276. Ko won the Canadian Women's Open as an amateur the last two years and took the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in December in Thailand in her second start as a pro. She has six victories in pro events, also winning in Australia and New Zealand.

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