Round 4 Notebook: PGA Championship
By Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR Staff
CHASKA, Minn. -- The victory for Y.E. Yang is worth 600 points and moves him to No. 7 in the FedExCup standings with 1,621 points. Tiger Woods continues to lead the FedExCup standings with 3,431 points.
-- Coming into the PGA Championship, Yang’s final-round scoring average for the 2009 season was 70.54 (13 final-rounds). Yang has made 15 of 19 cuts on the PGA TOUR this season. In 62 events on TOUR over his career, Yang has five top-10 finishes, 13 top 25 finishes and 40 made cuts.
-- Yang becomes the first player to beat Tiger Woods in a major championship when Woods held the third-round lead.
-- Yang’s birdie on No. 18 was one of only three birdies the entire day on the final hole. There were only 29 birdies all week on No. 18.
-- Yang (2009 Honda Classic) is just the second South Korean-born player to capture a TOUR event, joining seven-time winner K.J. Choi. Yang, Choi and Charlie Wi are also the only South Korean players to win on the European Tour.
-- Outside of winning the 2009 Honda Classic and the 2009 PGA Championship, Yang’s next best finish on TOUR is fifth at the 2009 Buick Open.
-- Entering the PGA Championship, Yang only had recorded two of 18 rounds at par or better in majors. He has made now made three of eight cuts in majors.
-- Yang is the first Asian born player to win a major championship.
-- For the first time since the Official World Golf Rankings began in 1986, players outside the top 30 have won four straight majors -- Stewart Cink (33), Lucas Glover (71), Angel Cabrera (69) and Yang (110). Prior to this year, players outside the top 30 had never won three straight majors.
-- Since turning professional, Woods has recorded 43 over-par rounds in the final-round out of a total of 221 total final-rounds (72 hole tournaments only). Out of those 43 events he has only won six times. Overall, Woods has won 70 of 248 events on TOUR.
-- Woods’ streak of 16 straight overall TOUR wins when holding or sharing the third-round lead ended today at the PGA Championship.
-- Rory McIlroy (T3) turned in the best major finish of his career at the age of 20. This is his fifth major and now has three top 20 finishes and five top 50 finishes.
-- Lee Westwood (T3) turned in his second straight third-place finish in a major, which is the best back-to-back finish for him in majors. Westwood has five career top-5 finishes in the majors.
-- Woods’ worst final-round in a major is 6-over 78 at the 1995 British Open (T68).
-- The PGA Championship and next week's Wyndham Championship are the final two events in the in the race to the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. In the offseason, the field size for the first Playoff event was decreased from 144 to 125 so the PGA Championship and the Wyndham Championship will serve as the final stage for players trying to move or stay inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings.