Didn't See That Coming...
By Kickntrue on 8/16/09
I don't know if I'm more impressed with Y.E. Yang, or shocked that Tiger showed weakness. In the end- the answer has to be Y.E. Yang. What a performance!

While Yang continued what has been the year of the upsets or at least the year of story-killers (Perry's choke, Phil's US Open story, Watson's British, and now Tiger's Fail) I think this is actually an amazing thing for worldwide golf. You think the Olympics can't pick golf now? You think Asia as the number one growing golf market in the world won't be exploding even more with this victory by Yang. This performance by Yang could in 15 years be looked at as every bit as important for the worldwide success of golf as Tiger's emergence on the scene 12 years ago. There will be kids, parents and seniors who all pick up a golf club tomorrow because of what Y.E. Yang pulled off today in Minnesota.

While I'm sure some stories will focus on the choke of Tiger- let's consider the fact that Y.E. Yang shot the best score of the day head-to-head with Tiger in the final group. He manned-up 100% and slammed the door on Eldrick. This day belongs to Yang Yong-eun.


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oobscott2 says:
i agree
and that 2nd shot on 18 showed he has all the nerve to win a major
i actually saw him live at the Honda Classic win and he was calm under pressure then too
8/16/09
 
ryansod says:
yeah that second shot over the tree on 18 was amazing, Tiger just wasn't playing like someone going after his fifth major.
8/16/09
 
PingRhoda says:
that second shot on 18 by Y.E. was amazing. Congrats to him on his first major
8/16/09
 
Chosen12b says:
Very impressed with Y.E.!
8/16/09
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I hope Yang's victory helps increase interest in men's golf across the Pacific Rim; obviously we've already seen amazing performances from South Korean women in the LPGA. I have to agree with Tiger; I thought the accomplished K.J. Choi would take a major first.

That chip-in eagle on 14 was awesome, and when he stuck the landing (like an Olympic gymnast) on that 3-hybrid at 18, I thought, "dagger!" Anybody who can't admire Yang's performance this weekend should check with God to see what happened to their soul.
8/17/09
 
ToddRobb says:
It was as exciting as a golf tournament could be. Just goes to show that on any given Sunday, any of the guys on tour can win.
8/17/09
 
cfalk27 says:
Agreed, that 2nd shot on 18th showed that he had the cahones to go for the kill and actually deserve the win, rather than play it safe and let Tiger self-destruct, which is basically what happened.
8/17/09
 
Trip says:
I think Tiger miss-calculated and played too conservative... He thought Yang would cave under pressure. What a shot on 18!!
8/17/09
 
onedollarwed says:
Yeah, I think Tigger started to fear himself and his own indistrucability. Yang kept making big shots. And he was in that pair all day! Who is Yang's caddy?
There's a reason 56 is 56 and not 57. All streaks end.
8/17/09
 
k-von says:
I loved Yang's posturing. It was clear that he was drinking it all in and his excitement was infectious. Can't really say that for most of the Tour's other greybeards.
8/17/09
 
ayparekh says:
In Tigers words.... "I did everything I needed to do today except get the ball in the hole". Im a huge TIGER fan but at the end there I wanted Y.E. to win this thing. GREAT JOB on his part and a fun battle to watch.
8/17/09
 
Banker85 says:
If tiger was dropping putts it would have been his championship for the taking... obviously that didnt happen. Imagine though if he would have sank his par putt on 17 and went to 18 tied! That would have been awesome.
8/17/09
 
SingleDigits says:
I think if Tiger had made his birdie putts on #1 and #2 it would have been an entirely different story. I was agonizing to watch him miss so many putts by so little.
8/17/09
 
props123 says:
I was there on hole 10. Y.E.'s shot was in the bunker and then traveled through and into the fairway. Very, very fortunate or we would have seen Tiger hoisting the trophy again. I am a huge Tiger fan, but I was also okay with a Yang win. What this will do for golf is going to be amazing. I wonder if Tiger knew this and played a little more conservatively than if he was playing against Paddy or Phil?
8/17/09
 
k-von says:
I don't know how it could be possible for golf to become any more popular in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, etc. than it already is. It will obviously take a lot more to break into China, but I think people are overlooking how the Asian golf boom has been well underway for many years now.
8/17/09
 
mmontisano says:
Y.E. Yang = CLUTCH

lastly though, did Tiger seem like a sore loser to anyone else? there was no chance for him to do ANYTHING on 18, so why didn't he finish out and let Yang have the stage to himself. i found it very juvenile and unsportsmanlike.

i'm a fan of Tiger, but that was disappointing.
8/17/09
 
Shooter McGavin says:
"lastly though, did Tiger seem like a sore loser to anyone else? there was no chance for him to do ANYTHING on 18, so why didn't he finish out and let Yang have the stage to himself. i found it very juvenile and unsportsmanlike.

i'm a fan of Tiger, but that was disappointing."

realllllly reaching there.
8/17/09
 
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
I didn't see that coming either. It's the law of averages. It was going to happen sooner or later. 8 for 8 when leading after 54 holes in his career until yesterday. I believed after missing the cut at The Open he was going to win the PGA.
8/17/09
 
mmontisano says:
how is that reaching? after his chip screamed past the hole, it was done. everyone knew it, including him. he would have expected his playing partner to do it, so why not give him the same courtesy?
8/17/09
 
Swingem says:
I also expected that Tiger would finish out and give Yang the stage. I loved that Y.E. drained his birdie.
8/17/09
 
mjaber says:
Isn't this the 2nd time Yang has chased Tiger down from behind? I thought I read somewhere that Yang beat Tiger a few years ago in a tournament in Asia. Granted Yang was not in the same group, but it still begins to set a bit of a precedent. Perhaps Yang is the Lex Luthor to golf's Superman. :)
8/17/09
 
jerdman says:
The amazing thing was that Yang was +5 thru 5 on Friday, then through the next 49 holes he had 11 birdies, 2 eagles, and only 2 bogeys. Tiger had 8 bogeys and 9 birdies over his last 49 holes. Something must have clicked with Yang, being over the cut line he made back to under par by the end of the round, and in the final group by the end of Saturday. Unbelievable turnaround.
8/17/09
 
cjgiant says:
I loved that it was a great match instead of a blow out. I loved that Tiger lost (not really a hater, just love the underdog) I wished there had also been another player or two challenging the last group to add to the excitement.

On the 18th, neither of the putts were gimmes, if I recall. I think Yang would've marked had he missed his 8 footer, Tiger finished out, and let Yang tap in. I bet in Tiger's mind he thought he still had an outside chance (3 putt to a 1 putt woulda sent it to a playoff), however unlikely. That being said, I kinda expected him to putt out as well, but don't think it was that big a deal.
8/17/09
 
ToddRobb says:
@hackman, Yang was "away" that's why Tiger didn't hole out. That's a major leap to expect him to say "I'll finish out" 5 seconds after he realized that he just came in second. Would have been nice in dream land or maybe tv land, but come on,,,
8/17/09
 
Banker85 says:
I really wanted Tiger to win so he can get closer to passing Jack for most majors and one more victory to becoming all time pga tour events winner leader too! That way no one can say he is not the best golfer EVER!
8/18/09
 
CaddylackerJTF says:
It was absolutely an amazing weekend, i still have goosebumps. I was there when it all unfolded, even got Yang to give me a high five after number 15, you'll never see tiger do that. It was a great match, and Yang fit every bit the part of the hero, throwing his ball to the crowd after every hole. he was a crowd pleaser (and still stayed calm and collected) how could you not cheer for him. Tiger will come roaring back and is day-in-day-out the best golfer of our generation if not all time, but anyone on tour can go out any weekend and win!
8/18/09
 
ToddRobb says:
I thought it was great that Yang came from behind to beat Tiger, instead of having to hold on for dear life as Tiger chased him down. Like Yang said, for one day he was better than Tiger Woods.
8/18/09
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I think Yang also did his homework; I think he learned that Minnesotans are serious hockey enthusiasts, which may be why he hosted his bag over his head in the exact same fashion that NHLers hoist the Stanley Cup in victory. I've never seen any other golfer do that after a tournament victory.
8/19/09
 
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