Sunday, 8 March 2009
A late starter in the game of Golf, not taking to the game until aged 19, he's starting to find his groove it seems; Y.E. Yang snatched a precious victory yesterday to become only the second Korean winner on the PGA Tour after KJ Choi. I don't know what the Y.E. stands for and cannot seem to find out, but Yin would be appropriate as the Korean found the perfect balance to his game to take his first step into the winners enclosure on the Tour. He was understandably elated and celebrated accordingly, high fiving everyone he could - just as you'd expect for a man whos been toiling in the qualifying school and was ranked 460th in the world coming into the tournament.
Man of the moment, sorry, everybodys-favourite-young-scamp of the moment Rory McIlroy was in decent position in his first American Strokeplay event but a bit of a duff finish took the gloss off things for him. Bogey, bogey finish took him back to 2 under and a tie for 13th. Still, it's another very encouraging performance for him - few Europeans make such a large impression in America on their first visit, including ones who spent their University career in the states. McIlroy is doing his learning on the job and seems more than up to it.
It was a pity to see Darren Clarke fade away in the final round too, a fine 68 on Saturday having set him up nicely for the final round. A four over par 74 saw a good opportunity to accumulate ranking points go a begging. Hopefully the big man will take a bit of inspiration from Rory and get himself going properly soon.
Poor old John Rollins - the only man with four rounds in the 60's and he's not the winner. I'd say he's no longer a fan of Korean imports.