South Korean teenager Noh earns Open place

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - South Korean teen-ager Noh Seung-yul booked a place at his first major championship when he finished tied for second at the British Open international final qualifying (Asia) Thursday.

The 18-year-old fired a four-under-par 68 to finish the 36-hole event on 10 under, a shot behind winner Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in the Malaysian capital.

Noh, who became the youngest professional winner of a European Tour event when he won the co-sanctioned Malaysian Open Sunday, will compete at the Old Course, St Andrews, from July 15-18 in the 150th running of the championship.

"I'm more experienced now after last week and that has certainly carried over to this week. I treat every tournament the same and I'm looking forward to playing against the world's best," Noh said.

Danny Chia of Malaysia finished joint second alongside Noh, with South Korean amateur Eric Chun holing a four-foot birdie putt on the last to complete the four qualifiers from the 78-man event.

"I have never been so nervous in my life," Chun said in reference to his putt on the last which broke a tie with three others. "I'm just happy it worked out well."

(Reporting by Patrick Johnston in Singapore; Editing by Clare Fallon)