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Yang answers his doubters

Published 19/04/2010 | 05:00

Ye Yang winner of the Volvo China Open. Photo: Getty Images
Ye Yang winner of the Volvo China Open. Photo: Getty Images

GOLF: YE Yang reckons his two-shot victory at the Volvo China Open will go a long way to relieving the pressure following last year's US PGA triumph, but the Korean thinks he still has some way to go so silence all of his critics.

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The 38-year-old produced a chipping and putting master-class on a damp final day as a one-under-par 71 final round edged out Welsh duo Rhys Davies and Stephen Dodd and secured a deserved first win since he overcame Tiger Woods at Hazeltine last August to become Asia's first Major winner .

Graeme McDowell was the best of the Irish in China, with a final round of 68 seeing him finish tied for eighth place, while Damien McGrane (t17th), Shane Lowry (t23rd), Peter Lawrie (t28th), Gareth Maybin (t45th) and Paul McGinley (t53rd) all finished further down the field.

Elsewhere, Jim Furyk overcame a spirited Brian Davis to win the Verizon Heritage tournament in a play-off last night.

Davis trailed by a shot going into the final round but Furyk bogeyed twice early in the back nine to allow Davis a chance.

The Englishman looked to have blown it with bogeys at 15 and 16 before a superb birdie at the last earned a play-off on a total of 13 under par.

Davis' shot from the fairway on the first play-off hole ended up on the beach by the 18th green and the day ended in somewhat farcical circumstances after Davis called a penalty on himself on his third shot to hand Furyk the title.

Irish Independent

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