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Korean Noh sets blistering Malaysian pace

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  • Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul sets a blistering pace in the Malaysian Open
  • The 17-year-old fires an eagle and nine birdies against a lone bogey in his 62
  • Noh is one stroke clear of Alexander Noren of Sweden with two others on 65
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(CNN) -- Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul set a blistering pace in the Maybank Malaysian Open on Thursday, carding a 10-under-par 62 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round.

Teenager Noh fired an eagle and nine birdies against a lone bogey in the Malaysian Open first round.

Teenager Noh fired an eagle and nine birdies against a lone bogey in the Malaysian Open first round.

The 17-year-old fired an eagle and nine birdies against a lone bogey at Saujana Golf & Country Club's Palm Course to edge ahead of playing partner Alexander Noren of Sweden in the event which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.

Former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Liang Wen-chong of China and France's Jean-Francois Lucquin were tied for third after shooting seven-under 65s while Nick Dougherty finished strongly to join Australia's Adam Blyth and local favorite Danny China in fifth, a further shot back.

Japanese ace Shingo Katayama and two-time Malaysian Open winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand are in contention on three-under but world number 11 Anthony Kim has much work to do if he hopes to survive the cut after struggling to a six-over 78.

Noh, last year's Asian Tour Rookie of the Year, began his round on the back nine with a poor tee shot at the 10th but recovered to sink his first birdie of the day from 45-feet.

Playing partner Noren set the pace for much of the morning after opening with four consecutive birdies and going out in six-under -- but Noh kept in touch with the Swede and overhauled him with an eagle at the par-five seventh and his ninth birdie of the day on the eighth.

The lone blemish on the Korean's round was a bogey on the par-three fifth but the youngster had much to smile about after his magnificent opening effort.

"I didn't make any mistakes today and I putted really well to post a good score," Noh, who won the Midea China Classic and had three runner-up finishes on his debut season on the Asian Tour, told PA Sport.

"I'm happy but you don't win a tournament on the first day. The eagle on seven was pretty special but with a 10-under today, every moment was a highlight."

Meanwhile, Kim will be looking for a marked improvement in his putting after a poor opening round. "It was a very bad day at the office," said the American.

"My ball striking was as good as it has been for the last couple of months but obviously I putted like I couldn't see, which was unfortunate."

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