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Y.E. Yang

South KoreaSouth Korea

Start Position
3
Current Position
To Par: +12
Total Strokes: 71 - 73 - 74 - 74 : 292
T66   T69
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Updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 04:13 PM
  • Birthplace: Jeju-do, South Korea
  • Residence: Seoul, South Korea; Dallas, TX
  • Age: 39
  • Turned Pro: 1996

PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 2009,The Honda Classic, PGA Championship.

International Victories

(8): 2002 SBS Championship [Kor]. 2004 Sun Chlorella Classic [Jpn], Asahi-Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial [Jpn]. 2005 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic [Jpn]. 2006 Suntory Open [Jpn], Korea Open [Kor], HSBC Champions [Eur]. 2010 Volvo China Open [Eur].

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,040,523 (24)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

3-- Waste Management Phoenix Open. T8-- Masters Tournament.

PGA TOUR Best Round

65 at Round 4, Waste Management Phoenix Open. 65 at Round 4, World Golf Championships-CA Championship.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Claimed his first top-five finish of the year after a final-round, 6-under 65 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Final round included three 2s, highlighted by an eagle at the par-4 10th hole where he holed a 110-yard bunker shot. Held the lead until driving into the water on the par-4 17th hole and making bogey...Shot four rounds at par or better to finish T8 at the Masters. His first-round 67 was one stroke off the lead...Shot a final-round, 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over Welshmen Rhys Davies and Stephen Dodd in the Volvo China Open.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- The Honda Classic, PGA Championship.

2009 Season Highlights

Enjoyed a career-defining year with two wins, including The Honda Classic and PGA Championship. First Asian-born player to claim a major championship title with his win at Hazeltine in the PGA Championship, beating third-round leader Tiger Woods. Also earned a spot on his first International Team in The Presidents Cup...Shot a final-round, 2-under-par 68 to win The Honda Classic by one stroke over John Rollins for his first PGA TOUR victory. Took command with three straight birdies on the front nine. Came to the par-5 finishing hole with a one-stroke lead after a bogey on the 17th. He two-putted for par from 50 feet to seal the win at 9-under 271. The victory qualified him for the following week's World Golf Championships-CA Championship at Doral and the 2009 Masters...Bogey-free 67 in final round of the Buick Open earned a fifth-place finish, his best since the Honda victory...Rallied past Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship with a series of spectacular shots on the back nine. Woods was 14-0 when he was atop the leaderboard going into the final round of a major. "It's not like you're in an octagon where you're fighting against Tiger and he's going to bite you, or swing at you with his 9-iron," Yang said through an interpreter. "The worst that I could do was just lose to Tiger. So I really had nothing much at stake." Trailed Woods by two entering the final round, then chipped in from 60 feet for eagle on the short par-4 14th to take the lead by one. Clinging to a one-shot lead on the final hole, with a tree slightly blocking his view of the flag and Woods in the fairway, hit the shot of his life. His 3-iron hybrid cleared a bunker and settled 12 feet away where he made birdie to seal the win. He closed with a 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory over Woods, who shot a final-round 75, his worst score ever in the final round of the major when he was in the last group. Finished at 8-under 280 and won $1.35 million, along with a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR and the majors. He became the first player since John Daly in 1991 to win the PGA Championship after going to Q-School the previous year. Received a congratulatory phone call from South Korea President Lee Myung-bak and met former U.S. President George W. Bush the following week near his Dallas home...Ranked No. 21 in the FedExCup standings following the BMW Championship to earn first career trip to THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. Finished 23rd in the FedExCup...Joined Charlie Wi in representing Korea at the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup.

Career Highlights

2009: Enjoyed a career-defining year with two wins, including The Honda Classic and PGA Championship. First Asian-born player to claim a major championship title with his win at Hazeltine in the PGA Championship, beating third-round leader Tiger Woods. Also earned a spot on his first International Team in The Presidents Cup...Shot a final-round, 2-under-par 68 to win The Honda Classic by one stroke over John Rollins for his first PGA TOUR victory. Took command with three straight birdies on the front nine. Came to the par-5 finishing hole with a one-stroke lead after a bogey on the 17th. He two-putted for par from 50 feet to seal the win at 9-under 271. The victory qualified him for the following week's World Golf Championships-CA Championship at Doral and the 2009 Masters...Bogey-free 67 in final round of the Buick Open earned a fifth-place finish, his best since the Honda victory...Rallied past Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship with a series of spectacular shots on the back nine. Woods was 14-0 when he was atop the leaderboard going into the final round of a major. "It's not like you're in an octagon where you're fighting against Tiger and he's going to bite you, or swing at you with his 9-iron," Yang said through an interpreter. "The worst that I could do was just lose to Tiger. So I really had nothing much at stake." Trailed Woods by two entering the final round, then chipped in from 60 feet for eagle on the short par-4 14th to take the lead by one. Clinging to a one-shot lead on the final hole, with a tree slightly blocking his view of the flag and Woods in the fairway, hit the shot of his life. His 3-iron hybrid cleared a bunker and settled 12 feet away where he made birdie to seal the win. He closed with a 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory over Woods, who shot a final-round 75, his worst score ever in the final round of the major when he was in the last group. Finished at 8-under 280 and won $1.35 million, along with a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR and the majors. He became the first player since John Daly in 1991 to win the PGA Championship after going to Q-School the previous year. Received a congratulatory phone call from South Korea President Lee Myung-bak and met former U.S. President George W. Bush the following week near his Dallas home...Ranked No. 21 in the FedExCup standings following the BMW Championship to earn first career trip to THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. Finished 23rd in the FedExCup...Joined Charlie Wi in representing Korea at the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup. 2008: Made 17 cuts in 23 starts on the PGA TOUR, his second year on TOUR. His best finish was a T9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am...Earned full exemption for 2009 via the 2008 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament where he successfully made it through the final two stages to earn his card. At PGA West in La Quinta, CA., posted five of six rounds in the 60s to finish T18. He was one of 14 rookies to come out of the 2007 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. 2007: Tied for sixth in the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Had played in 14 TOUR events over the years and made eight cuts, including five of nine in 2007. Best finish was a T30 at the Masters. Had three top-25 finishes on the European Tour, all T21s. 2006: Posted Asian Tour victories in at the Korea Open in a field which included Retief Goosen and the HSBC Champions Tournament (co-sanctioned event with the European Tour). The latter victory was worth a career-best $833,000 and came by two strokes over Tiger Woods. Win was worth full status on the European Tour and moved him into the top 40 at the time in the Official World Golf Ranking. Victory made him just the second Korean player to win on the European Tour, joining K.J. Choi. Four-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, with his most recent victory coming at the 2006 Suntory Open in September, thanks to a final-round 63. 2005: Won the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic on the Japan Golf Tour. 2004: Won the Sun Chlorella Classic and the Asahi-Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial. First-round 66 had him one stroke off the lead in the Shinhan Korea Golf Championship, a PGA TOUR-affiliated event. Third-round 80 dropped him out of contention. Finished T11 behind winner Arron Oberholser. 1997: Rookie of the year on the Korean Tour.

Personal

Fourth of eight children and the son of vegetable farmers...Once aspired to be a bodybuilder and own his own gym. A knee injury in his late teens ended that dream...Started going to a small, local driving range in Korea at age 19 on a friend's advice and learned the swing by watching instructional videos. Worked picking up practice balls and would work on his game before the facility opened and late at night after visitors went home. The range had facilities where you could sleep and eat...As required, spent almost two years in the South Korean military, stationed at his home at Jeju Island, south of South Korea, beginning at age 21. Guarded naval port...Traveled to New Zealand after his military duty to pursue a golf career. Practiced and played intensely there over a three-month period.

Other Information

Made 17 cuts in 23 starts on the PGA TOUR in 2008, his second year on TOUR. His best finish was a T9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Earned full exemption for 2009 via the 2008 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament where he successfully made it through the final two stages to earn his card. At PGA West in La Quinta, CA., posted five of six rounds in the 60s to finish T18. He was one of 14 rookies to come out of the 2007 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Tied for sixth in the 2007 finals. Has played in 14 TOUR events over the years and made eight cuts, including five of nine in 2007. Best finish was a T30 at the Masters. Had three top-25 finishes on the European Tour in 2007, all T21s. Posted Asian Tour victories in 2006 at the Korea Open in a field which included Retief Goosen and the HSBC Champions Tournament (co-sanctioned event with the European Tour). The latter victory was worth a career-best $833,000 and came by two strokes over Tiger Woods. Win was worth full status on the European Tour and moved him into the top 40 at the time in the Official World Golf Ranking. Victory made him just the second Korean player to win on the European Tour, joining K.J. Choi. Four-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, with his most recent victory coming at the 2006 Suntory Open in September, thanks to a final-round 63. Other Tour wins came at the 2004 Sun Chlorella Classic, 2004 Asahi-Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial and the 2005 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic. First-round 66 had him one stroke off the lead in the 2004 Shinhan Korea Golf Championship, a PGA TOUR-affiliated event. Third-round 80 dropped him out of contention. Finished T11 behind winner Arron Oberholser. Started going to a local driving range in Korea at age 19 on a friend's advice.

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (1); 2009, World Cup (1), 2009