There’s plenty of good that Yealimi Noh can take from the Amundi Evian Championship. Solo third is her career-best and first top-10 finish in a major championship. She cashed a healthy $300,743 check. But it is a result that leaves her wanting more.
Noh carded five birdies in the final round for a 4-under 67. At 17-under overall, she came up one stroke shy of forcing a three-way, sudden-death playoff at Evian Resort Golf Club.
“Definitely disappointed. I missed a lot of short putts. This feels like [the Cambia] Portland [Classic] all over again,” said Noh, referencing her runner-up finish at the event in 2019, also by one. “I’m going to be fine, but I should be happy with this result and a lot of positives to take away from it.”
Tomorrow, the sting will wear off as Noh celebrates her 20th birthday traveling to Northern Ireland for the inaugural ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management. The hunger to win will remain, however, as she enters her ninth-straight week of competition.
“I was just so close,” Noh said. “I didn’t really know what to think in the beginning of the day, whether I could pull it off. But getting there and actually being really close was good. Just sucks because I didn’t birdie a single par-5 and I had a lot of six-foot putts coming down [the stretch].
“After starting the year so bad, I just want to do better. When it doesn’t go your way, when you know you can be there, it’s hard and I’m working on it. You think you’re calm, but I don’t have a poker face. I will admit. Just a lot of emotions, means I care. I think it was important to stay calm.”