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Saturday 24 March 2018

Yang beginning to find his ying

Rory Sabbatini finished in the driving seat at The Honda but the man who really seems to be getting revved up for the Majors in 2011 is YE Yang.

The cheerful Korean, now 39, is best known for trouncing Tiger at the 2009 US PGA at Hazeltine, where Woods surrendered a 54-hole lead for the first time in a Major.

Tiger's aura of invincibility arguably was dented more that afternoon than when he ran his Escalade into a tree outside his Isleworth home three months later. Born Yong Eun but known by his initials, Yang won the Honda Classic in 2009 and, with Sunday's closing 66, showed the fighting qualities which netted him a Major title.

Starting the round five behind the South African, Yang got to within one of the lead with a brilliant birdie at 15 on the entry to PGA National's infamous 'Bear Trap'.

However, a weather delay which forced him to wait 28 minutes to play his tee shot at the daunting 17th spiked his momentum. Though he'd finish one behind Sabbatini, Yang's performance hinted at a return to Major contention this season.

Irish Independent

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