Y.E. Yang Tames The Man Called Tiger
On Sunday, August 16, 2009, Y.E. Yang did the unthinkable by beating Tiger Woods in a PGA Tour Major Championship.
Woods led the PGA Championship after Thursday. He kept the lead after Friday too. He then took a two-stroke lead going into Sunday's final round.
The Korean-born Yang appeared not to care (or maybe he didn't even know) that Tiger looked to win his 15th major, when he took away the trophy from the greatest golfer in all the land.
In Woods' 14 major victories, he had the lead after 54 holes, and never gave it up. When Tiger has even the slightest of leads after the third day in a major, forget about it, the trophy is his.
Now, all that has changed.
Tiger proved he was human when he missed the cut in the British Open this year, and he proved it yet again by not being able to close things out in Chaska, Minnesota.
Yang will return to Seoul, Korea as a hero to not only his country, but perhaps to the world of golf.
Woods had won 36 consecutive tournaments when entering Sunday with a lead of any sort of lead.
The shot of the day was of course by Yang, on the 72nd hole, which turned out to seal the deal.
Yang was 206 yards away from the hole on the par-four 18th, with a tree in front of him down the fairway, causing him to break out the hybrid club.
He stayed cool, calm, and collected, which is hard to do when the eyes of the tiger are staring a hole through your neck.
Yang hit a towering shot into the green, which bounced just a couple feet away from the hole, then came to a stop within 10 feet.
The pressure was now fully on Mr. Eldrick Woods.
Woods hit a 5-iron into the green, which landed just off the left side of the green in the rough.
Start the presses, Yang is champ.
Even though Woods still had a chance to hole out the chip, it was an uphill battle due to the ugliness of the green-side rough.
The chip was long and left.
Yang now had two putts to win the Championship, but he only needed one, as he nailed his first putt dead center.
This Korean may have been a no-namer for awhile, but now people will never forget the name Y.E. Yang, as he claims victor to the 91st PGA Championship, cementing his name in golf's history.
Yang also proved the one thing that was thought to be unprovable. He beat Tiger Woods in a major, coming from behind to do so, letting all other golfers know that even the great Eldrick can cough away a lead.
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