It was a scenario he had long dreamed about, yet facing the reality of playing Tiger Woods in Sunday’s final round for a major championship made it difficult for South Korea's Yang Yong-eun to sleep.
Yang kept his cool when it counted and outplayed Woods to win the US PGA Championship, ending the American's perfect mark of winning all 14 majors in which he led going into Sunday and becoming the first Asian male to win a major in one fell swoop.
Yang, 37, played like a dream, overcoming a two-shot deficit in his duel with Woods before seizing the outright lead with a spectacular chip-in for eagle on the 14th hole.
Late bloomer Yang, who took up golf as a 19-year-old, capped his stunning upset with a soaring 210-yard approach to within 10 feet of the up at the 18th to birdie for 70.
“I've sort of visualised this quite a few times playing against the best player, if not one of the best players in the history of golf, playing with him in the final round in a major championship, always sort of dreamed about this,” he said.
“I've seen throughout Tiger's career that a lot of players have folded probably on the last day when playing with him.
“I'd usually try to visualise and try to bring up a mock strategy on how to win, if I ever played against Tiger.
“But when the chance came, I sort of thought, hey, I could always play a good round of golf. Tiger's good, but he could always have a bad day. I guess today was one of those days.”
The self-deprecating Yang, ranked 110th in the world, had a great day on the longest layout to host a major and said his underdog status helped him.