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An outstanding approach shot to the final green sealed Y.E. Yang's unforgettable victory. (Lecka/Getty Images)

Daily Wrap-up: PGA Championship, Round 4

Y.E. Yang became the first Asian-born player to win a major Sunday with a stunning performance in the PGA Championship, memorable as much for his clutch shots as the player he beat.

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- Y.E. Yang shook his fists and shouted with joy over a victory felt around the world. Equally stunning was the sight of Tiger Woods, standing over the final putt of the PGA Championship with nothing at stake.

The final major of the year delivered a pair of shocking developments Sunday.

Yang, a 37-year-old from South Korea who was in PGA Tour qualifying school nine months ago, became the first Asian-born player to capture a major title with a series of spectacular shots on the back nine of Hazeltine.

Even more memorable was the guy he beat.

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The 572-yard par-5 7th. It played to a scoring average of 4.671 for the week. There were 10 eagles, 189 birdies, 220 pars, 45 bogeys and no double bogeys. The 518-yard par-4 12th. It played to a scoring average of 4.506 for the week. There were 16 birdies, 232 pars, 191 bogeys, 30 double bogeys and one "other."

Y.E. Yang chipped in for an eagle from just off the green on the par-4 14th hole that changed the momentum of the final round and gave him control of the tournament. Punctuated by a huge birdie on the final hole, Y.E. Yang fired a 2-under 70 Sunday. That tied for the low round of the day, and gave him his first major title.


By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

CHASKA, Minn. -- In the annals of sporting achievements, the story of South Korea’s Y.E. Yang has got to be close to the top of the list.

At least in the top 10.

On Sunday, with the world watching and expecting Tiger Woods to march confidently to his 15th major championship win, a far different story unfolded.

Yang, a 37-year-old, second-year player on the PGA Tour, entered the final round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine tied for second with Padraig Harrington, trailing Woods by two shots. It seemed like Yang was simply going to have a front-row seat to witness Woods do what he does best -- close out another major.

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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

CHASKA, Minn. -- It's not often Tiger Woods is reduced to an afterthought on the 72nd hole of a major championship. Not when he's playing in the final group. Not when he was leading at the start of the final round.

That's exactly what happened on Sunday, though, when Y.E. Yang rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt to win the 91st PGA Championship and celebrated with a series of fist pumps and facial contortions that would have done Woods proud had the roles been reversed.

Woods, who had just chipped out of the lush rough beside the green to 5 feet past the hole, could only stand there and watch the 37-year-old Korean do what we all had expected the world No. 1 to be doing. His face was grim. He still had some work left, too.

And when Woods missed what had turned out to be an inconsequential putt for par to fall three strokes behind in his bid to win a 15th major, it was a microcosm of his entire day.

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By Craig Dolch, Special to

CHASKA, Minn. -- No golfer has a snowman’s chance of winning when he writes an 8 on his scorecard.

Just Padraig Harrington.

For the second consecutive week, Harrington’s chances of winning a golf tournament ended when he made an 8 -- otherwise known as a snowman -- on a hole.

It happened at last week’s world Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational when he saw a one-shot lead against Tiger Woods turn into a three-shot deficit.

And it happened again Sunday.

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