KOBE (Japan) (AFP) Asian teen titans Noh Seung-Yul of South Korea and Japanese superstar Ryo Ishikawa are looking to renew their friendly rivalry at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open starting on Thursday. The 19-year-olds are relishing the opportunity of outdoing each other at the 150 million yen (1.7 million dollar) showpiece at the Rokko Kokusai Golf Clubs East course jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour. Noh is a great player. We first met when we were 14 in a Japan versus Korea junior match. I played against him and he beat me Ive been following his progress ever since, said Ishikawa, last years Japan Tour number one and the current money list leader. Noh, who is the older of the two by about four months, is also heading up the Asian Tours Order of Merit although his career tally of two victory falls rather short of Ishikawas current haul of eight. The talented Korean was disappointed they were not paired up for the first two rounds but is dreaming of a Sunday shootout. I was expecting to play with Ryo but it didnt turn out that way, said Noh, who instead drew Japanese legend Jumbo Ozaki. I hope we can play together in the last round. It will be very exciting. The last time we played in the same group was in the Korean Open last year where he shot a couple of strokes better than me. While the laidback Noh has a shot at rewriting Asian golf history by becoming the youngest ever Asian Tour number one, he is still not quite as famous back home as Ishikawa is in his native land. Ishikawa, who has won twice this season in Japan, has the appeal of a pop star thanks to his good looks and dashing play but Noh is not envious. Im not so famous like Ryo. Maybe I have to win a Major to be as famous as he is. It doesnt bother me, said Noh, who won the Maybank Malaysian Open in March. Ishikawa is also hoping to contend this Sunday. Weve not had a chance to play much together. Hopefully we can play together on Sunday afternoon in the last match, said the teen nicknamed the Bashful Prince by the local media. But to set up a dream Sunday showdown, both young stars will need to tame the brutal par-71 course which has punishing knee-deep rough and slick greens. Australias Andrew Dodt, third on the Asian Tours Order of Merit and paired with Ishikawa, summed it up. Its brutal. Every tee shot, you have to hit a good shot to keep it on the short stuff. If you hit a bad shot this week, youre not getting away with it. Fifteen of the top-20 players from the Asian Tours merit list are in this weeks elite field. Thailands Kiradech Aphibarnrat, ranked ninth on the list, is determined to put in a strong showing. A top-five or 10 will be good. Im hoping to play my best and hope to get into the big events later this year. Im feeling good with my game, said the former world junior champion. Japans Daisuke Maruyama is defending his title this week. Other top names include Marcus Fraser of Australia, Japans Yuta Ikeda, Thailands Thaworn Wiratchant, South Koreas Bae Sang-moon and Hideto Tanihara.