Archive for August, 2009

So long DJ!

August 23, 2009

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered Sunday for the funeral of the late former President Kim Dae-jung (1924-2009) to pay a final tribute to the iconic statesman…The former president pioneered the South’s “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with the North and he spent his life pursuing democracy and reunification. (Read rest of article here)

His life was a series of improbable escapes from assassination attempts, a death sentence, and long periods in prison and in exile, before he was recognised as one of Asia’s all-time champions of democracy.

For sure, Kim Dae-Jung was a great statesmen and a leader for Korean.  My sincere respect for not giving up his conviction for freedom and contribute on progress of inter-Korean cooperation.  However, his Sunshine policy did not help any human right issues in N. Korea at all.  And despite billions of dollars of aid and goodwill gestures, N. Korean leader Kim Jong-Il never gave up his nuclear ambition.

My condolences to all of DJ’s family and his followers.  Farewell and RIP, DJ!


Y.E.Yang Shocks Tiger Woods and the world.

August 17, 2009

It was just remarkable achievement of Y.E. Yang (Yong-Eun Yang, 양용은) PGA ranking #110, won 91st PGA Championship by defeating Tiger Woods by 3 strokes.

Yang ended the final round at 8 under par. Woods placed SECOND at 5 under par. Yang chased Woods head-to-head throughout the final round till 14th hole.

A miraculous chip on the 14th hole for eagle gave Y.E. Yang a shocking lead at Hazeltine.  It was the turning point.

And Yang’s aggresive 3 Hybrid approach on 18th Hole nails the title.

What was Yang’s winning strategy over the “King” Tiger Woods? Yang, through an interpreter, made it all seem simple: It’s not like you’re in an octagon where you’re fighting against Tiger and he’s going to bite you, or swing at you with his 9-iron. The worst that I could do was just lose to Tiger. So I really had nothing much at stake.”

Woods wasn’t at his best, this time with his putter. Usually he can get away with something not working in his game, but not this time. Woods certainly would not be happy afterward, but he reminded us no one had ever gone 15-for-15, or even 14-for-14 for that matter, when leading after 54 holes of a major. Not this time.

In addition to the Wanamaker trophy, he picked up 600 FedExCup points; a 5-year exemption on TOUR and for THE PLAYERS, Masters, U.S. and British Opens; a trip to the 2010 SBS Championship and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and a spot on the Presidents Cup team.

It was THE moment of PGA history that Yang is the first Asian-born ever to win one of the four golf majors. For sure, it will have a major impact in Korea and in Asia.  Most of all, it paid off my five hour Sunday afternoon spending on TV.

Congratulations Yong-eun Yang!!!

Images from here and hear.