2009 PGA Championship Final Round

Y.E. Yang played his game today and won the 91st PGA Championship. He made history by becoming the first Asian born player to win a major. He made history by defeating Tiger Woods who until today was 14-0 when going into the final round of a major with the lead. You can say Tiger had a bad day, some have questioned his conservative play in rounds 2 & 3, even today although known for patience it seemed more like he was waiting for a mistake from Yang than going for the win in my opinion. Still I think the credit belongs to Yang for the win and not to Tiger for uncharacteristic play. I certainly hope that the 91st PGA Championship is remembered for Yang’s victory and not for Tiger’s loss.

Y.E. Yang shot 2 under par for a tournament total of 8 under par 280 to take 1st, Tiger Woods shot 3 over par for a tournament total of 5 under par 283 for 2nd place, in T3 was Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy at 3 under par 285, alone in 5th place Lucas Glover at 2 under par 286, T6 were Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els, Soren Kjeldsen and Henrik Stenson at 1 under par 287 and rounding out the top ten it was John Merrick, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari and Padraig Harrington who all finished T10 at even par 288.

Hole number 12 continued to be the toughest taking 31 doubles and 191 bogeys for the tournament. The biggest movers up the leaderboard were Soren Hanson and Michael Sim who moved up 19 positions today while the biggest movers down the leaderboard were Stewart Cink (41 spots) and Hiroyuki Fujita (30 positions). I’m glad that I missed Paddy’s 8 on the par 3, 8th he finished the day at 6 over par. Phil Mickelson who was lucky just to make the cut finished the tournament in 73rd position at 12 over par 300. Other notables who struggled during the tournament included Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk, Rory Sabbatini, Jeev M. Singh, Justin Leonard and Sean O’Hair.

Congratulations to Yong-Eon Yang for winning his first major championship. The 37 year old South Korean didn’t begin playing until he was 19 then took a couple years off while serving his country. He didn’t turn pro until 2004 and has played in 7 majors. I expect we will see more of him.

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