First Posted: 9/13/2013
(AP) Seung-Yul Noh shot a 6-under 65 in cool, breezy conditions Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
Noh had a 9-under 133 total on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals series. Two players were unable to finish the second round because of darkness after a long rain delay Thursday pushed back play.
The bulk of the field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the Web.com regular-season money list are assured PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the finals. The series money leader will be fully exempt and earn a spot in The Players Championship.
Noh, from South Korea, was 160th in the FedEx Cup standings. He opened the Web.com series with a tie for seventh in Fort Wayne, Ind., and missed the cut last week in Davidson, N.C.
Chesson Hadley was second after a 67. He’s playing for a top priority ranking after finishing third on the Web.com regular-season money list to wrap up a PGA Tour card.
Kelly Kraft was third at 5 under after a 69.
First-round leader Jim Herman followed his opening 64 with a 75 to drop into a tie for ninth at 3 under.