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!!!