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Seung-Yul Noh takes first PGA Tour win at Zurich Classic

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Seung-Yul Noh overcame windy conditions and his nerves, shooting a one-under-par 71 on Sunday to win the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La., by two shots for his first PGA Tour victory.

While 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 a bogey on the fifth hole and a triple bogey on the sixth, while Noh remained steady enough to hold off remaining challengers.

The 22-year-old South Korean player, the youngest winner this season, wore yellow and black ribbons on his hat to honor the more than 300 dead or missing in a ferry accident in waters off his home country.

After taking the third-round lead and becoming the first to play 54 holes at TPC Louisiana without a bogey, he said he hoped he could string together one more bogey-free round and come through with a victory to lift the spirits of his nation.

He accomplished the second part, and he'll take it. His best finish in 77 previous PGA Tour starts was a tie for fourth at the 2012 AT&T National.

The seventh first-time PGA Tour winner in the last 10 years in the event, Noh finished at 19-under 269 and earned $1,224,000.

Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb tied for second. Svoboda had a 69, and Streb shot 70.

Jeff Overton, who briefly pulled within a stroke of Noh on the back nine, had a 70 to finish fourth at 16 under.

Bradley would up with a 75 to tie for eighth at 13 under.

Robert Garrigus, who narrowly made the cut Friday, had the best score Sunday with a 64. The round included a 374-yard drive with a tail wind on 18, which he birdied to finish at 14 under.

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Poised and unflappable, Lydia Ko birdied the final hole for her third LPGA Tour victory and first as a professional, holding off Stacy Lewis and Jenny Shin in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in Daly City, Calif.

It went down to the final shots, and the teen made a six-foot birdie putt for a three-under 69 moments before Lewis knocked in a four-footer of her own to finish one stroke back at 11-under 277.

“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 beginning the day a stroke behind Lewis, Ko birdied three of her final four holes on the front nine on the way to and 12-under 276 total at Merced Lake Golf Club.

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Alexander Levy of France held on to win his maiden European Tour title at the China Open in Shenzhen, recovering from a late double bogey to shoot a 69 and beat Tommy Fleetwood by four strokes.

The 23-year-old Levy, playing in his second year on tour, vaulted into the lead with a career-best 10-under 62 in the second round, then held off a late challenge from Fleetwood in the final round to take home his first trophy. He carded a 19-under 269 overall.

Fleetwood, who was trying for his second European Tour title, pulled within one stroke after a birdie the 17th hole, but Levy closed with back-to-back birdies to seal the win.

Fleetwood was second at 15 under and Alvaro Quiros of Spain was third, another two strokes back.

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