The final round – how it unfolded
YE Yang started the final round of the USPGA two shots behind Tiger Woods. This is the story of how he went on to win by three.
What price was Yang pre-tournament? Well, I have a mate who backed him at 300s to win and 150/1 without Woods and just checking on Betfair, someone backed him at the maximum 1000 (999/1) for £168! Woods was backed at a low of 1.16.
Yang milks the applause from the crowd and good luck to him. What a performance to start the day two behind Woods and win by three. Bad move by Paddy Power to pay out on Tiger at halfway!
A deflated Tiger misses his par putt and Yang has won by three shots. He lifts his golf bag in celebration – TaylorMade will be delighted with that!
Yang is the champion!!!! He finishes off in style by rolling in his birdie putt and fully deserves it after hitting the shot of his life.
No miracle from Tiger. His chip stays wide. Yang is about to be crowned champion.
Tiger has to go for the flag but pulls it slightly left and it ends in greenside rough. He will have to chip in and even that might not be good enough. Yang is on the brink!
Amazing shot from Yang!!! His hybrid drops right by the hole and ends around five feet away. What a shot!!! Reminiscent of Shaun Micheel in 2003.
Harrington signs for a 78 – his hopes of retaining the title ruined by that eight at the par three 8th. It leaves him down in tied 10th.
Stenson holes out for par at 18 so stays in the tie for sixth.
Yang holds his nerve and hits a fine drive off the 18th, his ball finishing in the very light semi. Tiger finds the right edge of the fairway so he’s still alive.
A quick reminder of the rest of the leaderboard. Westwood and McIlroy are tied third on -3, Lucas Glover is fifth on -2 and Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els and Soren Kjeldsen are tied sixth at -1 alongside Henrik Stenson, who is playing the final hole.
Yang’s par putt lips out so Tiger stays alive!
Tiger misses! The door is wide open for Yang now.
Oh no. Yang turns into Tom Watson on the 72nd at Turnberry and hits an awful putt about nine feet short. The gap could be two, one or zero by the end of this hole.
Tiger chunks his ball out to about 10 to 12 feet – a range from which he’s been missing all day.
Is it all over? Yang safely finds the green while Tiger flushes his over the back after misreading the wind. Woods’ ball isn’t visible. Yang goes to 1.3 on Betfair.
The 17th and 18th are the second and third hardest holes on the course so much could happen over this next 30 minutes.
Els finishes with a 74 and that’s currently got him in tied seventh.
The golf writers and sub-editors are starting to think up Yang puns now. Irishgolf news tweets a couple: “Be Yang Be Foolish Be Happy” and “Yang, Gifted & .. er …. Korean”. Not bad!
Tiger holds his nerve and holes his putt. Yang is one clear with two to go.
Yang could really make a dramatic move now but his birdie effort just slides by. He taps in for par.
Tiger’s putter lets him down again and he’s left himself a testy par putt.
Peter Doonican writes: “Can you ever remember a tournament where Tiger’s putting inside 10 feet has been the aspect of his game to let him down? I’m starting to worry about the Bridgestone/Pga double now.” Hi Peter. No, Tiger’s putting has been stone cold. Never write him off though.
Stenson bogeys the 16th and drops out of a tie for third.
Woods doesn’t like his second as it lands well away from the pin. Yang takes a huge risk by taking on the pin and almost pushes it into the water. It stays dry though and he has a birdie chance from the fringe.
Fine tee-shots by Yang and Woods on the 16th.
Nothing much happening behind the two protagonists. Kjeldsen has just doubled the 16th and drops back to level par.
Tiger’s putt stays high and Yang retains his one-shot lead. The Korean is just three holes away from becoming the first Asian winner of a major.
Yang doesn’t worry the cup with his birdie putt but it’s a safe par. Over to Tiger…..
Tiger hits a decent but not a great wedge at 15. Faces about 12 to 15 feet. Yang’s is poor, finishing about 25 feet away.
Yang’s second to 15 comes up way short but it’s a par five remember. Tiger mishits his second so he too will need a pitch and a putt for his birdie.
McIlroy’s par putt at 18 rolls round the rim and drops! A superb round of 70 given that he opened with a double bogey and he’s tied in the clubhouse alongside Westwood at -3.
Yang, now flowing with confidence, bombs a drive down the middle of the 15th. Woods replies in kind.
Yang briefly went odds-on at Betfair after the eagle but Tiger is back as favourite again after his birdie to pull the gap back to one.
Never write him off. Woods digs deep and finally holes a putt. However, he’s now a shot back. This could be a fantastic finish.
Extraordinary!!! Yang chips in for eagle!!! Yes, it’s worthy of all those exclamation marks. Suddenly he has a two-shot lead. Can Tiger cut it back to one with a birdie from about 12 feet?
Els has made one par in the last 10 holes. However his latest non-par is a bogey rather than a birdie at the par five 15th so he’s back to -2.
And now to the short par four 14th. Yang’s drive just comes up short while Tiger’s finds the front bunker. Is it plugged?
Cink not shirking his Twitter duties despite that 81. He tweets: “Tough one today. Must have been an unlucky pair of boxers. Don’t worry though. I tossed them into the trash in the locker room when I left.”
Despite driving just through the green, Stenson can’t get up and down and a par keeps him at -3.
McIlroy sweeps in his par putt and he heads to the 18th at -3, three off the lead. A par will see him match Westwood’s current clubhouse leading 285.
McIlroy finds the bunker at the difficult par