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Y.E. Yang Overtakes Tiger Woods To Win PGA Championship

Sports Betting News - August 16th, 2009 - Written by Bruce

I guess Tiger Woods is human. In what had to be a big surprise to golf fans, Y.E. Yang came back from two shot deficit to win the 91st PGA Championship. He became the first ever Asian golfer to win a major championship. This was the first time that Tiger had failed to win a major when entering the final round with the lead. He had been a remarkable 14-0 in majors, and 36-1 overall when leading heading into Sunday. It was suppose to be Yang who would struggle down the stretch on Sunday, playing alongside the world's number one golfer in the last group of a major. But it was Tiger who struggled, as Yang shot a two under par 70 putting him at -8 three strokes clear of the field. Tiger shot a very disappointing three over par 75 to finish in second place at -5. Yang played a brilliantly all weekend, shooting seven under par for his last two rounds.

On the short par 4 14th hole, Yang chipped in from just off the green for a remarkable eagle to overtake Tiger Woods for the tournament lead. The world's best player calmly stepped up and made a clutch putt for birdie to keep him within one shot of Yang's lead. On the very next hole, Tiger missed a fifteen foot birdie putt which would have tied him for the lead. Yang would never give up the lead, and he closed the tournament out in style by making a birdie on the 72nd hole. In what was very uncharacteristic of Tiger, he bogied the final two holes to finish off a difficult final round. Yang entered the final round two shots back of Tiger in a tie for second with Padraig Harrington. After seven straight pars to start his round, Harrington shot a dismal eight on the par 3 8th hole. He went on to shoot a 78 and finish the tournament in a tie for tenth place.

Heading into the weekend, it looked as if Tiger Woods was poised to win the 15th major of his career. This was the first time in five years that Woods has failed to win a major in a season. He has won five tournaments this year, but has to be disappointed to end the year with no major titles. He remains four majors short of the all time leader Jack Nicklaus, who won18 major championship titles in his career. Y.E. Yang looked to be in complete control of his emotions down the stretch on Sunday. The South Korean golfer showed golf fans worldwide that he has what it takes to defeat the world's best. Lee Westwood and twenty year old phenom Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for third place at -3. Congratulations to Y.E. Yang on winning the 91st PGA Championship for his first career major.

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