Tiger Woods shot a final-round 75 and came up short in his bid to win a 15th career major championship Sunday at Hazeltine. (Clary/Getty Images)
The Live Report, Round 4
PGATOUR.COM's The Live Report has all the news and notes from the PGA Championship, and we'll be providing updates from Hazeltine all day, so check back often. (All timestamps are Eastern Time.)
By PGATOUR.COM Staff
Y.E. WOW (6:58 p.m.): It was Shaun Micheel-esque, except instead of a 7-iron it was a hybrid club that never left the flag and settled within a few feet. Y.E. Yang hit the shot of his life, doing what we've seen Tiger Woods do time after time, and in the process pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports.
Once the shot landed, Yang let out a huge smile. Woods still had a chance, but his 6-iron approach found the rough. No miracle chip this time for Woods. The greatest front-runner in the history of golf finally let one get away from him.
Take nothing away from Yang -- he went out and won it, beating Woods to win the PGA Championship by matching the day's lowest score with a 2-under 70. In the process he becomes the first Asian ever to win a major championship.
Woods was 14-for-14 in majors when leading going into the final round. Now he's 14-for-15, falling short of major No. 15 with a final-round 75 that he'll no doubt have a hard time getting over, especially considering that he took a stunning 33 putts Sunday.
Yang, meanwhile, had plenty of reason to celebrate, giving a double-fist pump of his own after making the clinching birdie putt. He then lifted his golf bag over his head with both hands, all 5-foot-9 of him living large. Down goes Tiger. -- Brian Wacker
ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO (6:46 p.m.): Wow. That's what you keep saying with the way this thing is coming down to the wire. First, Tiger Woods hit a less-than-stellar shot out of the rough from behind No. 17, then Y.E. Yang came up woefully short on his birdie putt.
That opened the door for Woods, who usually pounces in these situations. But much like the rest of his day, he wasn't able to make the putt, rolling it over the high side and making bogey. But with a chance to go up by two, Yang missed his putt, too, also missing on the high side. Still, Yang leads by one with one to play -- 18 ranks as the second-hardest hole on the golf course. Only two birdies have been made there all day and Woods may need one to force a playoff or win. -- Brian Wacker
TIGER IN TROUBLE (6:40 p.m.): If Tiger Woods is going to win his 15th career major today, it's going to take probably the best shot(s) of his career.
Trailing by one on the par-3 17th, and with Yang safely on the middle of the green, Woods fired right at the flag -- right over the top of it, hitting the back of the green and disappearing into the rough. A par would be a feat. A bogey would mean almost certain defeat. -- Brian Wacker
TWO TO GO (6:30 p.m.): There are two holes left for the final group and it's a two-man race with Tiger Woods trailing Y.E. Yang by a stroke. Both players made par on the par-4 16th, missing birdie putts on the low side.
Woods birdied his final four holes here in 2002 when Rich Beem won. It wasn't enough then and this time around he might need to go birdie-birdie to win or even force a playoff. -- Brian Wacker
MORE ON YANG (6:10 p.m.): Tiger Woods is trailing Y.E. Yang as we come down the stretch of the PGA Championship, but this wouldn't be the first time Yang has beaten Woods -- at the 2007 HSBC Champions in Shanghai Yang beat Woods by two. Certainly, though, this would be much, much bigger and arguably one of the biggest upsets in all of sports.
As for the 37-year-old Yang, he's had success before, winning The Honda Classic earlier this year. He also finished 28th on the European Tour Order of Merit in 2007 and was the Korean PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 1997. -- Brian Wacker
Y.E. YES (5:55 p.m.): Usually it's Tiger Woods who drops the hammer with a highlight-reel moment coming down the stretch of a major championship. This time, though, it was his playing partner, Y.E. Yang, chipping in for eagle on the short par-4 14th.
It was the type of shot we've seen Woods hit over and over and over. Now it's Yang that's in the lead by one with four to play.
Woods is just one back because he made a clutch birdie putt of his own. Stay tuned. -- Brian Wacker
PAR-3 TROUBLES (5:43 p.m.): With just five holes to play, Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang are still tied for the lead at 6 under. Yang hasn't backed down an inch, making a clutch par putt just now to keep pace with Woods, who, amazingly still has yet to make a birdie on a par-3 this week. In fact, he's played Hazeltine's shortest holes in 3 over after a par at No. 13.
For Yang, this is where he started a run to get into contention yesterday, making three straight birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16. If he does that today, we'll have one of the bigger upsets in the history of sports. Woods, however, also went on an identical birdie run in that stretch two days ago. -- Brian Wacker
TIGER ON IN TWO (5:15 p.m.): At over 600 yards, the par-5 11th has been a tough green to hit in two, but Tiger Woods just hit his best shot of the day, hammering his second shot up onto the green to set up an easy two-putt birdie.
Woods has only eagled one par-5 in a PGA in his entire career. That was at the 1997 PGA at Winged Foot, where he eagled the 12th hole in the third round.
Still, the birdie -- amazingly his first of the day -- was good enough to put Woods back in the lead by himself with Yang unable to make his birdie putt. -- Brian Wacker
AT THE TURN (4:53 p.m.): We're halfway home here in the final round at Hazeltine and Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang are tied atop the leaderboard with Woods playing his first nine holes in 2 over.
Since turning pro, Woods has recorded just 42 over-par rounds out of 220 total final rounds. Out of those, Woods has only won six times. If we go by that history, we could see history with Yang (or someone else) ending Woods' streak of being 14 for 14 when leading after 54 holes in a major. -- Brian Wacker
CRAZY 8s (4:35 p.m.): The eighth hole is all of 162 yards, yet it's playing as the fourth-toughest hole on the golf course with a stroke average of 3.418. Surely, Padraig Harrington's snowman there helped bump up that average a bit when he found the water twice to pretty much shoot himself right out of the tournament after making seven straight pars to open his round.
Tiger Woods also fell victim to the hole, though, making a bogey after missing the green left then nearly pitching into the water himself before failing to get up-and-down to save par.
Y.E. Yang, on the other hand, hit a solid tee shot, but came up short on the birdie attempt. Nonetheless, he's now tied with Woods atop the leaderboard. And now Soren Kjeldsen, 1 under through is first nine, is just two back with Lee Westwood, fast running out of holes with four to play, is three back at 2 under today. Stay tuned, this is going to be interesting for the next couple of hours. -- Brian Wacker
TROUBLE FOR YANG, HARRINGTON (4:15 p.m.): This is part of what separates Tiger Woods from everyone else -- he makes fewer mistakes than just about anyone. In other words, his bad golf is every bit as his good golf.
Take Y.E. Yang. He just made his first mistake, launching his second shot on the par-5 seventh up into the gallery. Padraig Harrington, meanwhile, just found the water on the par-3 eighth -- twice, first off the tee then again from the rough left of the green. It was the 16th hole at Firestone all over again.
Woods, meanwhile, laid up on No. 7 even though he could have easily gotten there in two. A bad wedge shot left him a tricky putt and he could only manage par, but that's what Woods does. He plods along. He doesn't make mistakes when everyone else does. Woods lead by one over Yang and now by six over Harrington, who made a quintuple-bogey 8 on No. 8. -- Brian Wacker
TIGER BACK ON TOP (3:50 p.m.): For the second straight day, Tiger Woods has made a bogey on the par-3 fourth hole. That after failing to make birdie on the par-5 third. That dropped Woods to 7 under and into a tie with playing partner Y.E. Yang, who looked extremely unflappable -- until the next hole when he made bogey, giving the lead back to Woods.
We've seen Woods give up the lead few times this week, but at the end of every day he's been in front. Should Woods win today, it would move him to within three of Jack Nicklaus’ all-time major wins record of 18. Woods would also be five years younger than Nicklaus was when he won his 15th major.
That's a bit of an if right now, though, with Yang and Padraig Harrington one shot back and Lucas Glover two back. -- Brian Wacker
THE YIN AND YANG (3:30 p.m.): Amazing stat of the week: Tiger Woods hasn't made a birdie on a par-5 since the second round. That's pretty remarkable, especially considering he's in the lead.
That lead, by the way, has been cut to one by Y.E. Yang, who did make a birdie on the par-5 third hole. This is the first time Yang has played with Woods and the first time he's played in a final group on Sunday, but so far so good for him. Yang looks completely unflappable so far. -- Brian Wacker
LITTLE MOVEMENT SO FAR (3:15 p.m.): We're 30 minutes into the final round for Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang and so far, there's been almost no movement at the top of the leaderboard. Woods, Yang and Padraig Harrington, who is in the group ahead of Woods and two shots back, are all even par today. Only Lucas Glover, at 1 under through four holes and 5 under for the week, has been able to pick up a stroke on Woods. -- Brian Wacker
AND THEY'RE OFF (2:45 p.m.): Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang are off in the day's final group at Hazeltine, where Woods is trying to win a record-tying fifth PGA Championship and his 15th career major championship.
Padraig Harrington, who just went off in the group ahead of Woods says he'd rather be playing with Woods today, but given the scoring average of Woods' playing partners in the final round, Harrington may be better off ahead of him.
Woods, who leads the PGA TOUR in final-round scoring average, is nearly four shots better than his final-round playing partner. As for today, Woods got off to a good start with a perfect drive that resulted in his trademark club twirl. -- Brian Wacker
MORE ON MICKELSON (2:30 p.m.): Perhaps the high point of Phil Mickelson's otherwise forgettable week came at the first hole on Sunday when his 5-iron from 205 yards out landed 6 feet short of the pin and went in for eagle.
"It was fun to see," Mickelson acknowledged.
The rest of the round wasn't much fun, though. And in the end that bogey-triple bogey-par-bogey finish essentially summed up his week.
Mickelson appears to have tied his third-worst finish ever in a major. Mickelson was solo 73rd when he put the finishing touches on a second-straight 76 Sunday. The three-time major champ tied for 94th at the 1996 U.S. Open, finished solo 79th at the 1998 British Open and tied for 73rd at the 1991 British Open.
"The last two weeks have been frustrating with my play," said Mickelson, who tied for 58th last week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. "I'll have, fortunately, a week off before we start the FedExCup. And I'll see if I can get my game turned around for (The) Barclays."
Mickelson, who has not broken par in his last six rounds, only hit four fairways and 10 greens on Sunday. He had 30 putts for the second straight day, bringing his total for the week to a whopping 127.
"I haven't putted the best for a little while now," said Mickelson, who won twice earlier this year. "It's going to take a little more than overnight. But I at least feel like I have little bit better direction."
And who would he like to see win the Wanamaker Trophy this afternoon?
"I'd like to see it be a fun competitive finish," Mickelson said. "I think the majors have been exciting to the end. I think I'd like to see that. There's a good chance that Tiger could pull away like he usually does. But Padraig has been playing tough and I haven't really looked at the leaderboard. I know there's somebody else at 6 (under), too -- Y.E. Yang. And a bunch of other players.
"So I hope that it comes down to the last few holes, because the last few majors have been exciting." -- Helen Ross
A HISTORY OF TIGER (2:20 p.m.): We know that Tiger Woods is 14-for-14 when leading after 54 holes of a major championship. Judging by the chart below, Y.E. Yang doesn't stand much of a chance of breaking that streak. Neither does Padraig Harrington, or anyone else. -- Brian Wacker
Final Round Scores for Tiger Woods vs. fellow competitors in final-round pairing for Woods' 29 PGA TOUR stroke-play victories (2005-09):
MORE PUTTING WOES (2 p.m.): Vijay Singh got off to exactly the kind of start he needed if he was going to even have a chance at challenging the lead, making two birdies in his first two holes. It didn't last long, though, as another missed short putt by Singh resulted in a bogey at the par-5 third hole. That's especially painful for Singh, who has dominated par-5s throughout his career, especially in majors and at the PGA. -- Brian Wacker
TIGER AND PADDY (1:41 p.m.): The world's No. 1 player has arrived at the driving range at Hazeltine and so has the rain. How much of an effect it has on Woods, the rest of the field and the course, we'll find out in about an hour from now.
One of the players chasing Woods today (and also on the range right now) is Padraig Harrington, who bogeyed his final hole yesterday to play himself out of the final group. Interestingly, though, Harrington said yesterday that he'd rather play with Woods -- a bit of a change from him from earlier in the week when he said he was sort of glad to get out of the Woods vortex for a day.
"I think it would suit me better to have that sort of match-play style," Harrington said.
"I was aware [Saturday] that I had tremendous support. Every green I walked up onto, I got a tremendous clap, cheer. Obviously when you're playing with Tiger, it's mainly for Tiger and you know that. In that sense, yeah, it was a nice day. It certainly kept me going." -- Brian Wacker
WEATHER UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): The weather forecast says one thing. The skies say another.
According to the meteorologists on site, .31 inches of rain fell early this morning at Hazeltine and the chance for isolated thunderstorms this afternoon is "slim." Those gray clouds that have spread over Chaska, Minn., in the last two hours, though, don't look very promising.
The winds will switch from south/southeast to southwest to west over the course of the day and blow at 10-15 mph. The changing nature of the breezes could present an interesting challenge as the day progresses. -- Helen Ross
SINGH OFF TO GOOD START (1:15 p.m.): Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang will tee off in the day's final group in about 90 minutes from now, but Woods' playing partner from yesterday, Vijay Singh, is already on the golf course trying to recover from that 3-over 75 in the third round.
So far, so good. A day after making just one birdie all day, Singh rolled in a birdie putt at the first hole at Hazeltine, bringing him to 1 under for the week. He's still seven shots back, but Singh is certainly capable of throwing out an early low number. -- Brian Wacker
PHIL FINISHES UP (1:10 p.m.): What a weird week it was for Phil Mickelson. He putted until dark after his opening round, something he almost never does post-round. Today, he opened with an eagle on the first hole by jarring one from the fairway. He also made a double and triple-bogey today before finishing with a 76 to end his week at 12 over.
Mickelson also failed to make a birdie on a par-3 all week, something he's never done before and it was also the first time he finished the first three rounds of a major 2 over or worse. In 73rd place at the moment, he's also headed to his worst career finish in a PGA that he's made the cut in (he's only missed one cut in the PGA, in 1995).
The reason was mostly rust. Mickelson identified the areas of his game that needed to be worked on last week at Firestone, but he was never able to correct the problems, especially with the putter.
The upside, of course, is that Mickelson is playing again -- a sure indicator that things are going better with his wife, Amy, and mother, Mary, in their respective battles with breast cancer. As for what's next, Mickelson will take a week off before likely returning for the first round of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, which kicks off at The Barclays just outside New York City. --- Brian Wacker