Woods Loses PGA Championship While Harrington Implodes Again

Greg RiotAnalyst IAugust 17, 2009

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Yong-Eun Yang of South Korea hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tiger doomed by putting, goes 14-1.

It’s a sight we all presumed may happen.

It’s just that when Tiger Woods wins 14 straight tournaments after entering Sunday with a lead, you just don’t expect him to lose anymore. Yet there we were, watching Y.E. Yang thunder to a lead at 8-under that he did not relinquish. The fourth major of the PGA betting season was won by another mid-carder as Y.E. Yang became the “first Asian born player to win a major championship”.

Why did I put that on quotations? Because America forgets that Tiger Woods is freaking half-Asian?! His mother is from thaliand and his dad is a quarter Chinese!!!

Does nobody understand genetics?!

Maybe I don’t understand what “Asian” means. Maybe they’re referring to Asian-born athletes or something. But either way you cut it, it’s a divot in a discussion that will haunt Tiger Woods until next Spring.

He could dominate the FedEX Cup in the Fall and still be daunted by the fact he never won a major this year. Sure, he’s the greatest golfer to grace the planet, but even he’s human (a half-Asian human, might I remind you).

Let’s not let this whole “Tiger sucks” bandwagon overshadow Yang’s superhuman effort.

Through the final forty-nine holes, Yang shot 13-under to catch up to Tiger Woods and win the PGA Championship. Making the feat even more remarkable is that Yang is the only golfer to ever defeat Tiger when he enters the final day with the lead. And yes, he’s the first asian to defeat Tiger when he has a lead on the final day.

So, technically, Yang holds two records.

Padraig Harrington continued to supplant Phil Mickelson as the “greatest imploder” on the tour.

Harrington managed to chip two in to the pond on the eighth, earning him a quintuple-bogey and destroying his chances of challenging Woods for the title. I’m pretty sure that officials weren’t following him around with a massive, ticking, grandfather clock, but it would make sense.

Yang joins a list of unlikely major winners including Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink and Angel Cabrera.

Along with all four of those men, Yang was able to unseat a golfing giant. Glover beat Mickelson, Cink outlasted Tom—Yet Yang’s feat is the sweetest. Nobody has toppled Woods like that.

And while Yang played a great round of golf, it was Tiger that actually lost the tournament as he let his frustrations rattle him and putted like a layman.

Will Tiger allow anyone to take his FedEX Championship from him this year? I would be more encouraged to say “hell no!”, but this is becoming a highly unpredictable year in PGA betting.