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    Y.E. Yang Upsets Tiger Woods to Win PGA Championship

    PGA Championship Golf

    PGA Championship Golf

    It had never happened before – Tiger lost on the last day of a Major Championship when heading into the final round with the lead.  Woods had a 2-shot lead over Y.E. Yang and Padraig Harrington heading into Sunday’s final round, and was all but assured of another Major Championship win, but this time, it was not meant to be.  Woods shot a 3-over par 75, while Yang shot a 2-under par 70, allowing Yang to win by 3 shots and proving that Tiger Woods is mortal.

    Yang played the 1st 13 holes of the final round at even par, but his 60-foot chip-in eagle on 14 catupulted him into the lead for good.  He bogeyed 17, but birdied 18 to finish off the miraculous victory over the game’s best player.  It was likely the greatest upset of all time.  Woods, on the other hand, had 3 bogeys and 1 birdie through the day’s 1st 13 holes.  Woods and Yang were tied going into 14, and Woods put pressure on Yang but hitting his 2nd shot close to the pin for what should be an easy birdie.  But Yang made his eagle chip-in, and even though Woods made his easy birdie putt, Tiger trailed for the 1st time all day.  Yang allowed Woods to stay in the game.  Woods and Yang each bogeyed 17, so it remained a 1-hot Yang lead heading into 18.  A Yang birdie and a Woods bogey, and we had our winner – Y.E. Yang by 3 shots.

    Yang became the 1st Asian-born male to win a men’s major championship.  Yang had this to say about his play:  “I usually go for broke.  The odds are against me.  Nobody’s going to be really disappointed that I lose.  So I really had nothing much at stake, and that’s how I played it.”

    Woods, to his credit, was diplomatic in defeat: “I played well enough to win the champhionship.  I did not putt well enough to win the championship… I didn’t get it done on the greens, and consequently, I didn’t win the golf tournament.”  The 75 Woods shot was his worst score when he was in the final pairing on the last day of a major championship…

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