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2009 PGA Championship Final Round

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

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.

Round 3 PGA Championship

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Tiger Woods takes a two stroke lead going into the final round tomorrow. Paddy Harrignton and Y.E. Yang are T2 at 6 under par. Henrik Stenson and Lucas Glover are 4 under par at T4. Ernie Els and Soren Kjeldsen hold down the T6 position at 3 under par. Five players are T8 at 2 under those being; Alvaro Quiros, John Rollins, Martin Kaymer, Ross Fisher and Brendon Jones. That is the top 10 as those at 1 under are T13.

Since Y.E. Yang finished before Paddy he will be playing in the final group with Tiger. They have yet to make an official posting but I believe it will be Harrington and Stenson, Glover and Els, Kjeldsen and Quiros, Rollins and Kaymer then Fisher and Jones.

Richard Sterne had to withdraw with a hand injury bringing the total of withdrawals up to three, along with Paul Casey (ribs) and John Daly (back).

The biggest movers up the leaderboard were Retief Goosen (36 positions) and John Rollins (30 positions) and down the leaderboard were Grant Sturgeon (57 positions) and J.J. Henry (49 positions). The toughest hole has been 12 with 27 doubles and 161 bogeys’.

Tiger’s putter wasn’t as hot today although he nearly had a bogey free round, the one stumble was on 4 but he did birdie 2 and 14 to post a 1 under par 71. The hot hand today was Y.E. Yang who matched Tiger’s opening round 5 under par 67 Yang had 6 birdies and one bogey on the par 3, 13th. Padraig went into 18 with 4 birdies on his card but bogeyed the final hole for a 3 under par 69. Stenson had a good day after opening with a bogey on 1 he put together 5 birdies for a nice round of 68. Tiger has never lost a major with a 54 hole lead but several players are doing well including Yang, Harrington, Stenson and Lucas Glover has been the model of consistency with 71/70/71 if he can put together a low round tomorrow while the rest play at or near par he could walk away the winner. Never know what may happen in the last round. Woods determination has been well documented throughout the years though and his record speaks for itself.