Major Upset at Final Major Tournament: Yang Beats Tiger For PGA Title
The last two weeks for Tiger Woods have probably been the toughest weeks in his life. Last week, at the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational, he battled wire-to-wire with Padraig Harrington en route to his 70th PGA Tour victory.
But this week was like nothing else. A week during the last major tournament of the year that will be remembered for some time, and a week Tiger will never forget.
Y.E. Yang became the first Asian-born player to win the 92nd PGA Championship by three shots over Woods. Yes, you heard me right.
For the first time in Woods' career, he snapped a 14-0 record when he was the leader after 54-holes in a major championship. Only once has he lost a tournament when leading by two shots or more, and that was nine years ago. But more importantly and probably more shocking, Woods name was not engraved onto a major championship trophy this year.
But give Yang credit. He played brilliantly and didn't show any signs of weakness playing against the No. 1 golfer in the world—Yang is ranked 110th in the world.
On the final hole, Yang had a one-stroke lead. He drove his ball perfectly on the left-side of the fairway and was left with 203-yards to the green. Yang pulled out his hybrid 3-wood and hit the best approach shot of his life. The ball landed within eight feet of the hole for a very makeable birdie.
Woods hit his approach left of the 18th green and was faced with a buried lie in the deep grass. His third shot rolled 12-feet past the hole, leaving Yang an open gate to victory.
Yang calmly rolled in his birdie putt then immediately pumped his fists in the air, just has Tiger was lining up his par putt. It was the first time in Woods' career where he witnessed somebody else winning a major championship before he finished out his round.
But Woods could of made the last couple holes very interesting if he didn't miss a few makeable putts. When he reached the 16th hole, he already had a total of 27 putts. He averages 28.59 putts per round on tour.
"I played well enough the entire week to win the championship," Woods said. "You have to make putts. I didn't do that. Today was a day that didn't happen."
For Harrington, the defending PGA champion, his day was just as bleak. He was one-shot behind Woods when he reached the par-3 8th hole. But what came next was truly unbelievable.
He hit two balls in the water which lead to a triple-bogey 8. Harrington shot a 78 and finished tied for 10th, eight shots back of Yang.
"Obviously it was a disappointment for me,'' Harrington said. "I felt I hit the shots all day. Another day, if a few putts had dropped, that would have been a nice number. I think I'm happy to see 8 under has won, because that was my mindset going out there. I feel like I could have been 5, 6 shots better.''
Other noteable players included this year's U.S. Open champ, Lucas Glover, who finished tid for fourth at 2-under and two-time major champion winner, Ernie Els, who finished tied for fifth at 1-under.
Phil Mickelson, who is still feeling the affects of his mom and wife both recovering from breast cancer, didn't shoot below par all week and finished tied for 70th at 12-over.
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