17th September 2019 | Asian Tour
Vincent’s ready while Noh makes comeback at the 35th Shinhan Donghae Open
Incheon, Korea, September 17: Zimbabwean Scott Vincent is hopeful of another good showing at The 35th Shinhan Donghae Open as he returns to one of his favourite golf courses where he has never finished outside the top-three.
Korea’s Seungyul Noh is also resuming action for the first time after completing his mandatory two-year military service in Korea.
It will be the 2010 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion’s first competitive start since he fulfilled his military commitments a fortnight ago.
With a proud track record at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club and a consistent run of form, Vincent is optimistic of his breakthrough on the Asian Tour since earning his Tour card at Qualifying School in 2016.
Vincent believes his work ethics and affinity for the course will give him the added advantage at the event which is the first in Korea to be tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, Korean PGA and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
Meanwhile, Noh will be hoping to calm his own nerve as he steps up to the tee again after almost two years. While the 28-year-old is excited about making his comeback to professional golf, he also conceded he is feeling the pressure ahead of the event which starts on Thursday.
Korea’s Yikuen Chang, who lifted his maiden Asian Tour title in Chinese Taipei a fortnight ago, is determined to repay the faith with another winning performance.
Chang is the second Korean to win on the Asian Tour this season and hopes he can achieve similar glory at the 35th Shinhan Dongahe Open which is backed by his sponsor.
Did you know?
- Scott Vincent, the only Zimbabwean member on Tour, has never finished outside the top-three in his last three outings at the Shinhan Donghae Open.
- He finished tied-second in 2016, tied-third in 2017 and second last year.
- Vincent claimed his first international win at the Landic Challenge 7 held on the Japan Challenge Tour in June.
- He notched four top-10s in Australia, Japan, Korea and Malaysia to sit in ninth place on the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit. He has not missed a single cut in eight starts so far this season.
- Vincent was crowned the Asian Tour Rookie of the Year in 2016 after ending his season in 28th place on the Order of Merit.
- Since securing his Asian Tour card in his first attempt at the Qualifying School in 2016, Vincent has come close to claiming his maiden win on multiple occasions.
- In 2018, Vincent secured a total of nine top-10 finishes, including three runner-up results, to finish in a career-high fifth place on the money list.
- Vincent also represented Zimbabwe alongside compatriot Benjamin Follett-Smith for the first time at the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf the same year.
- He sits in 177th place on the latest OWGR and is currently the highest ranked player from Zimbabwe.
- Seungyul Noh is the youngest player to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2010.
- The Korea is also the third youngest player to win on the Asian Tour after Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil and Korea’s Kim Dae-sub when he won the Midea China Classic in 2008 at 17 years and 143 days.
- In 2014, he won the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA TOUR.
- Yikeun Chang is the second Korean after Taehee Lee, to win on the Asian Tour this season.
- Prior to his breakthrough victory at the Yeangder TPC a fortnight ago, Chang enjoyed runner-up finishes at the 2017 Yeangder Heritage tournament in Chinese Taipei, the 2018 GS Caltex Maekyung Open and the 2019 Bank BRI Indonesia Open.
- Chang won twice on his domestic circuit in 2017, including his National Open, which earned him a coveted spot at The Open at Royal Birkdale, where he made his Major debut that year.
- He topped the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2016 in his second attempt. He missed the mark in his first attempt in 2014. Chang, however, did not manage to keep his card for 2017 as he finished 101st on the 2016 Order of Merit.
- The Korean regained his card at the 2017 Qualifying School after finishing tied-eighth. He ended the season in 48th place on the Merit rankings and kept his card for 2018.