Kuala Lumpur: Asian Tour number one Noh Seung-Yul has qualified for his first Accenture Match Play Championship as one of the top 64 players in the world golf rankings.
The South Korean teenager, who became the youngest ever player to win the Asian Tour's order of merit in 2010, kept his 63rd position in the rankings despite missing the cut at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by one shot.
The 19-year-old will join countrymen K.J. Choi (49th) and Y.E. Yang (44th), along with the 27th-ranked Kim Kyung-Tae in the $8.5 million event at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Arizona from February 21-27.
Japanese veteran Hiroyuki Fujita, the only player to win three times on the Asian Tour last season, has also qualified for the first World Golf Championships tournament of the season by virtue of his 50th place ranking.
"This is fantastic news for Noh and the Asian Tour," said Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han.
"After the season that he had with us, we are confident he will fly the Asian flag proudly at the Accenture Match Play."
Noh's inclusion will enhance his hopes of qualifying for the Masters, the year's opening Major in April. He will need to break into the world's top 50 in the week prior to the Masters.
The Accenture Match Play Championship is one of four annual World Golf Championships events.