August 16th, 2009 by Brad
When Tiger Woods leads going into the final round of a major you might as well hand him the trophy, until today. Tiger had won majors 14 out of 14 times when leading going into the final round. Leading by two going into today many thought that Padraig Harrington was the only one with a realist chance to catch. Everyone was wrong.
Tiger started his day off with some extremely conservative play and never got the putts to drop. South Korean Y.E. Yang has beaten Tiger in the past, at the HSBC Championship, and he did it again today. Staying just behind Tiger for most of the round he made his move on the 14th hole where he chipped in for eagle. He never looked back.
Coming to the eighteenth, following bogies by both Yang and Woods at the 17th hole, both players found the fairway. Yang finished Woods off with a 3 hybrid that finished just below the hole and history was made.
Yang becomes the first Asian born player to win a major after taking up the game at age 19. It is a stark contrast to the typical all star golfers of modern times. Most great players are raised to be champions but Yang did it differently and has changed the course of golf history in the process.