August 16, 2009

It’s A “Yang” Story; Y.E Yang Wins the PGA Championship

It appeared that Tiger Woods was on the fast-track to winning his 15th major at the PGA Championship but suddenly the story then shifted to Korean Y.E. Yang who became the Asian-born player to win a major.

Yang who finished the day at eight under as he hit fantastic shots on the 14th for an eagle and the 18th hole for a birdie to seal the championship. Yang did not pick up the game of golf until he turned eighteen and now will be the first to defeat Tiger Woods after Woods has held the lead after three rounds of a professional golf tournament.

The story that everyone will be talking about is how Tiger was never really himself in the final round after he missed key putts that kept Yang's dream alive. Tiger looked absolutely dominant through the first three rounds but did not show his usual killer instinct towards the end. Tiger ended the final round at +2 and finished the tournament at five under.

Before Yang's victory, Tiger was perfect 14 for 14 when holding the lead in a major but that suddenly has come to an end. This was the first time in five years that Tiger was shut out at winning a major in the PGA.

For Yang, it was a validation for the growth of golf overseas and on some level, dispelling the thought that an Asian-born player could not win a major championship on American soil.

In the end, it was a fitting ending to a year of PGA Majors tournaments that had been unpredictable from the start.

By Ben Chew with 1 comment


Tiger woods’ magical streak, going 8 for 8 winning majors when he led after 36 holes, had to become an end sometime.
We expected that Woods’ magic would be broken someday; however, we never expect it would be Yang to do this.

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