Yang wins after stunning comeback
YE Yang made up a 10-shot deficit on a dramatic final day to win the Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills CC.
YE Yang made up a 10-shot deficit on a dramatic final day to win the Korea Open.
A final round of 66 at Woo Jeong Hills CC that featured an eagle, six birdies and three bogeys saw the Korean overhaul overnight leader Noh Sueng-yul to post a winning score of four under par and take the title by two strokes.
Kim Bi-o and Choi Ho-sung shared second place on two under following rounds of 73 and 71 respectively, while Noh ended in a tie for fifth with Choi Jin-ho one stroke further back after an eight-over 79 saw the 19-year-old blow a five-shot advantage.
“To come back from the brink of worrying about missing the cut and win is just great,” said Yang, who became Asia’s first major winner when he claimed the 2009 US PGA Championship.
“For me, this tournament has been defined by patience, perseverance and a lot of luck. It has given me back a lot of confidence after the last few months, as I’ve been struggling a bit with my timing.”
Trailing Noh by 10 shots at the start of the day, the 38-year-old came out firing and was seven under though 10 holes, just one off the pace.
Three dropped shots on the way back failed to derail his bid as Noh imploded and Yang parred the last for his second OneAsia title.
He also had plenty of encouragement for Noh despite the teenager’s final-day woes.
“It will be disappointing for him and one of his worst rounds, but he should not view it as a failure but as a lesson, something to learn from,” Yang added.
“He has so much ahead of him. To have that swing and that game at 19 is amazing. He’s so far ahead of where I was at that age. His talent is incredible.”
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