ESPN is calling it the “victory felt around the world,” the L.A. Times says it’s the one of the greatest upsets of all time, and the GlobalPost declares the PGA Championship a turning point for Asian golfers worldwide.
And it’s all thanks to South Korea’s Y.E. Yang, winner of the championship, who beat top player Tiger Woods by finishing eight-under 280 by shooting a two-under-par 70 in the final round.
Woods wasn’t happy about the defeat, especially since he had the lead before the final round, but he had this to offer reporters as he left the links visibly distraught: “I hit the ball so much better than my score indicates. I hit it great all day, and just didn’t make anything. I played well enough to win the golf tournament, but I did not putt well enough to win the golf tournament. It was just a bad day at the wrong time, and that’s the way it goes.”
Yang, 37, took the lead at the 14th hole with a 75-foot pitch for eagle while on the final hole, hitting a towering shot from 197 yards with a hybrid club to set up his closing birdie, ultimately becoming the first Asian to ever win the PGA Championship.
“You never know in life, this might be my last win as a golfer. But this is a great day,” Yang told The New York Times. “It’s going to be a great foundation for me to continue playing on the PGA Tour. It means the world right now. It hasn’t sunken in, but I do know the significance of it.”